Business Education

Business Coaching

UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) business coaches provide no-cost coaching to entrepreneurs and small business owners who need assistance launching or growing their small business.

SBTDC coaches are experienced and knowledgeable business advisors that work with you, providing expertise, guidance, accountability and feedback, as well as access to a wide range of local, regional and national resources. It’s all designed to make your business more effective and competitive.

A variety of business topics are covered including:

Economic Gardening — Advanced Domestic Marketing
Economic Gardening (EG) helps you understand your current customer mix and refine your market strategy to improve your ability to attract more of the right kind of customers.

Strategic Planning
Experts facilitate a seven-session planning process to provide your company an executable plan to focus activities that drive improved performance.

Financial Analysis
Do you know how your company stacks up to the competition? Are your sales growing faster than your competition? How does your return on assets compare? We can help you determine the answers to these and many more questions. When answers are found, we can show you how to improve your company’s performance.

Balanced Scorecards — Measure, Manage, Succeed
The balanced scorecard is a measurement and management system that channels the energies, abilities and knowledge of people in your company to achieve specific business goals.

Management Assessments
QuikSMART is an assessment based upon the Baldridge Criteria for Performance Excellence. It examines current practices and provides feedback in seven key areas, including customer and market focus, strategic planning, process management, human resources, information and analysis, leadership and results.

International Trade
Specially trained export specialists help your company grow revenues and create jobs by expanding into global markets. Our team of experts can help assess your readinesss to export, create an export plan, educate you about export compliance and documentation, identify potential export markets and foreign trade partners and more.

Technology Development and Commercialization
Specialists can help you assess the commercial viability of your intellectual property whether it originated from a business, university or federal lab. We can assist with manufacturing contracts, intellectual property issues, SBIR/STTR applications and presentations to investors.

Succession Planning
Our experts can help you structure your business for that inevitable transition of ownership. But realize, it takes time, so even if the transfer of ownership is not in your immediate future, it is smart to plan for it so your business will survive without you.

For more information on SBTDC Business Coaching services, click here.