Small Business and Technology Development Center

The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides funding for Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and Small Business and Technology Development Centers (SBTDCs) throughout the country. The SBA's Office of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) manages the program which provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs and SBTDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community, and federal, state, and local governments and is an integral component of Entrepreneurial Development's network of training and counseling services.

The University of Missouri Extension is the lead center for the Missouri SBTDC program. The Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development at Missouri S&T operates an SBTDC service location under a contract with the University of Missouri Extension. The Missouri SBTDC program provides subsidized and unsubsidized services to strengthen the competitiveness of Missouri businesses. Additionally, the Missouri SBTDC program encourages and enhances technology research and development, technology transfer, and technology deployment and strives to increase the participation of small businesses in the innovation and commercialization of new technology.

To register as a client with the Missouri S&T SBTDC, please visit http://missouri.ecenterdirect.com.  Click on the “New Client Signup” menu option on the upper left side of the screen.  After you enter your information and click “Proceed with Sign-up” you’ll be shown a list of centers from which to select.  Simply scroll down, select the “Rolla - MO SBTDC”, and complete the online form.

Training and Education

Missouri SBTDC business specialists are uniquely qualified to help small businesses start, develop, and thrive. It offers a variety of training seminars and programs on a variety of business topics in the areas of management, marketing, finance, and technology commercialization.

Business Counseling

The Missouri SBTDC offers comprehensive and individualized business counseling to clients. We assist clients in the areas of management, marketing, finance, and technology commercialization. Missouri SBTDC counselors are skilled professionals with experience in many fields including marketing and sales, accounting, financial analysis and cost control, personnel, operations management, inventory control, new business creation, business acquisition, and business sales. All information that clients share with the Missouri SBTDC is held in complete confidence.

Procurement Technical Assistance

Dealing with regulations and red tape can be frustrating. In fact, those obstacles often keep highly qualified suppliers from selling to the government. The Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) assists businesses, including small, disadvantaged, and women-owned firms, in obtaining federal, state, and local government contracts. Missouri PTAC procurement specialists can help clients identify opportunities and understand the government contracting process so that they can take advantage of government sales dollars.

For more information about SBTDC services, please contact Keith Strassner at (573) 341-6725 or e-mail us.