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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:52 pm

Are you ready to be part of an elite group of entrepreneurs who are realizing their dreams of small business ownership? Do you want to jump start an idea or give your current business that needed boost? If so, you can’t afford to miss this training opportunity coming to Mountain Grove and Houston.

The Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) has received a grant to offer Operation JumpStart: First Step, a nationally-recognized, highly successful training model for individuals considering starting or expanding a small business, in Wright and Texas Counties. The Operation JumpStart: First Step curriculum teaches participants essential small business planning and preparation skills with practical hands-on training. It is an intensive 6 week program that guides you through the development of a feasibility plan for your business. OzSBI’s certified facilitators will cover all aspects of owning your business from market analysis and legal structure to sales and cash flow.

Here’s what past graduates of Operation JumpStart: First Step have said about the program. David Frazier, West Plains said, “The Jump Start program has made me realize that starting my own business is a reality and no longer a dream. It has opened the door to so many resources. Scott Greer from Alton added, “The information received from the staff and speakers, as well as the workbook, was incredibly helpful for knowing where to go next and giving confidence to go forward.”

The Mountain Grove session of Operation JumpStar: Fisr Step will begin May 17 and meet Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 - 9 pm. Classes will be held in Room 108 at Missouri State University Shannon Hall located at 401 E. 17th Street, Mountain Grove. Individuals interested in taking the class may get an application at Mountain Grove City Hall, by visiting the OzSBI website at www.ozsbi.com, or by calling OzSBI at 417-256-9724.

The Houston session will be in August and details will be published as dates and times are set. If you are interested in learning more about either program you may contact Heather Fisher, by emailing coordinator@ozsbi.com or by calling 417-256-9724.

The cost of the program is $125 and includes the workbook. To register for the class return the application with a $25 registration fee. Your registration fee will be reimbursed to you for perfect attendance. The registration deadline for the Mountain Grove class is May 11.

The Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) is able to offer Operation JumpStart: First Step through a grant it received. OzSBI was one of 12 organizations receiving the Accelerating Entrepreneurship Grant through the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University. Funds will be used to pay for training materials, course facilitators and other expenses to deliver the Operation JumpStart program. Classes must be offered between April and September of this year throughout the Delta, which includes the seven counties in OzSBI’s service area (Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas, and Wright). The initiative is anticipated to provide training and support to more than 300 aspiring entrepreneurs who are expected to immediately start nearly 100 new businesses. Funding for the initiative is being provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s PRIME program and the Delta Regional Authority.

“Access to training and resources is crucial to developing successful small businesses and creating good-paying jobs for the people of the Delta region,” said Chris Masingill, the Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority. “This program is one in a series of initiatives we are supporting to accelerate entrepreneurship and continue building our economy of the future. We are excited to partner with Southeast Missouri State University on this phase of Accelerating Entrepreneurship in the Delta.”