Webinar Library

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USDA Rural Development Business & Industry CARES Act Loan Program

What does this webinar cover?

USDA Rural Development's B&I CARES Act Loan Program offers lenders loan guarantees for loans made to eligible rural businesses and agricultural producers. Loan guarantees can be used to supplement working capital to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus.  The SBDC and Rural Development will help you learn how to get started applying for this loan today!

Topics include:
• What lenders may apply for this program?
• Who may qualify for these guaranteed loans?
• What are the borrowing restrictions?
• What is considered an eligible area?
• How may guaranteed loan funds be used/not used?
• What collateral is required, plus the loan terms, interest rates and applicable fees?

Recorded on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

Library Tools for Your Business

What does this webinar cover?

The Springfield-Greene County Library District offers abundant resources for your business and your life, many of which can be used right from your smartphone. During this webinar you'll learn how you can use your library card to access apps for e-books, audiobooks, and magazines; online training in business, creative, and technical skills; and powerful tools for business and market research. This webinar is hosted in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Library District.

Recorded on Thursday, May 28, 2020.

Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty

What does this webinar cover?

Discover tools, tips, and resources to help you manage your business remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn how to update critical business information online to keep customers informed, host virtual meetings and events, and access documents from anywhere in this livestream event hosted by Grow With Google.

Recorded on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

Leadership, Culture & Working Remotely

What does this webinar cover?

As concerns about COVID-19 intensified in recent weeks, many companies made quick transitions to working remotely. That sudden transition has left many working from home for the first time and many leaders managing remote employees for the first time in their careers. As everyone adjusts to this “current normal”, what steps can leaders be taking to make the transition smoother? How do you protect the workplace culture you worked so hard to build? How do you lead and collaborate in a way that instills trust and positivity?

This webinar features Spencer Harris, Director of Operations at Mostly Serious as he shares his insights into effective remote work, management and collaboration.

Recorded on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

COVID-19 & Forced Unemployment: Options for Small Business Owners

What does this webinar cover?

With the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic being largely unknown, employers should consider all options to help manage their business and employees during this unprecedented time.

Join the Missouri Small Business Development Center at Missouri State University and the Missouri Job Center to learn about options available to employers. Experts will be on-hand to answer questions and share the most up to date information on the programs available regarding unemployment, shared work, furloughs, and more.

Topics will include:
- How do employers notify about mass layoffs and what is the threshold for reporting?
- How should employers communicate layoffs with employees?
- Where should employers direct their employee?
- If employers have questions regarding unemployment – who is their contact?
- Furlough vs layoffs – can employees still get unemployment?
- What is the shared work program and how does it work?

Recorded on Friday, April 3, 2020.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

What does this webinar cover?

The U.S. Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

These webinars provide an overview the program. Topics include:
- What types of businesses are eligible for the loans
- How much money can small businesses receive
- What can the loan money be used for
- What are the required documents and forms
- Where and how to apply
- Loan terms
- And more

Experts from the Missouri Small Business Development Center and U.S. Small Business Administration address the topics above along with time for Q&A.
Presenters include: Chrystal Irons, Director of the Missouri Small Business Development Center at Missouri State University; Ram Basnet, Branch Manager & Public Information Officer for the Springfield, Missouri U.S. Small Business Administration Office; and Lisa Zimmerman, Lender Relations Specialist with the Springfield, Missouri U.S. Small Business Administration Office.

Recorded on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Reducing Operating Costs Through Insurance Changes

What does this webinar cover?

One of the greatest expenses small business owners face is the cost of insurance. As you look to reduce your operating costs in response to COVID-19, are there adjustments you could be making to your business insurance?

Learn about options that may allow you to reduce costs without opening yourself and your business up to an unnecessary amount of risk. This webinar is led by Chrystal Irons, Director of the Missouri Small Business Development Center at Missouri State University and Jeff Eiserman, Commercial Risk Advisor at Ollis, Akers, Arney.

Jeff Eiserman works as a Commercial Risk Advisor with Ollis/Akers/Arney, an independent Insurance Agency and Business Consulting firm in Springfield, Missouri. In addition to holding the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor, he received national recognition in 2016 as one of the industry’s “Hot 100” Insurance Professionals by Insurance Business Advisor and was named SBJ Trusted Advisor in the inaugural class of 2014.

Recorded on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Financing Options for Small Businesses in Response to COVID-19

What does this webinar cover?

This webinar features experts from the Small Business Development Center and local lenders to talk through the different financing options that exist for small business owners. Is an SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan right for you? Can you defer payment on your current business loan? Are there microloan options that would serve your business? Hear a summary of available options and attendee Q&A at the end.

Speakers Include:
Chrystal Irons, Director of the Missouri Small Business Development Center at Missouri State University
Scott Tennison, VP/Small Business Banking Officer, Guaranty Bank
Ram Basnet, Branch Manager & Public Information Officer for the Springfield, Missouri U.S. Small Business Administration Office
Lisa Zimmerman, Lender Relations Specialist with the Springfield, Missouri U.S. Small Business Administration Office
Mark Claypool, SBA Sales Coordinator, The Bank of Missouri
Rob Boyle, Justine Petersen

Recorded on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

What does this webinar cover?

The U.S. Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

These webinars provide an overview the program. Topics include:
- What types of businesses are eligible for the loans
- How much money can small businesses receive
- What can the loan money be used for
- What are the required documents and forms
- Where and how to apply
- Loan terms
- And more

Experts from the Missouri Small Business Development Center and U.S. Small Business Administration address the topics above along with time for Q&A.
Presenters include: Chrystal Irons, Director of the Missouri Small Business Development Center at Missouri State University; Ram Basnet, Branch Manager & Public Information Officer for the Springfield, Missouri U.S. Small Business Administration Office; and Lisa Zimmerman, Lender Relations Specialist with the Springfield, Missouri U.S. Small Business Administration Office.

Recorded on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.