Joplin, MO (SNS) – An introductory workshop on starting a small business will be offered from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, in Room 108 of the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at Missouri Southern State University.

Presented by Missouri Southern’s Small Business & Technology Development Center, “Starting a Small Business: The First Steps” will provide an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business. Participants will have an opportunity to assess their strengths and weaknesses, learn about the importance of planning, discuss legal and regulatory requirements, and identify sources of financing. Each participant will also receive a start-up manual.

The cost is $29 per person. To register, call 417-625-3128 or visit

The Missouri Southern State University Small Business and Technology Development Center is part of a nationwide network of SBDC programs and is affiliated with and supported by the Robert W. Plaster School of Business. The local center was established in April 1987 and proudly serves Jasper, Newton, Barton, Lawrence, Cedar, Dade, McDonald, and Vernon counties in Southwest Missouri.