Operation JumpStart is an award-winning microenterprise development program that partners with organizations seeking to assist aspiring entrepreneurs. Combining nationally-recognized curriculum; coaching and mentoring; and rich online resources; this program can be the foundation you need in building entrepreneurial communities of opportunity.

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  • Small Businesses Take Advantage of New Funding Program
    By Erin Ragan Just over $75,000 may not seem like much -- but a little can go a long way for a small business. Minglewood Brewery in Cape Girardeau and Parengo Coffee in Sikeston, Missouri, plan to create new jobs as a result of money loaned to them by a locally based economic development organization's new program. The organization, called the Missouri Innovation Corp., operates through the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State Univers... Read More
  • 10 New Year Tips for Your Small Business
    By Melinda Emerson To ensure success in the new year, most small businesses don't realize that the process begins long before January 1. Instead, a lot of work goes into setting your business up for a running start when the clock strikes 12. Don't wait; start now with this list of 10 New Year Tips For Your Small Business. 1. Revisit Your Business Plan If it has been a while since you examined this critical document, now's the time to get to it. Review it to ensure it's s... Read More
  • 4 Things Every Small-Business Owner Can Do to Finish 2014 Strong
    By Dawn Fotopulos If you're like most small business owners, this is the most hectic time of the year. Here are four things every small business owner can do to finish 2014 strong. 1. Know which clients owe you money. You'll find that in your accounts receivables aging report. Your accountant or bookkeeper can print that report for you. Any client that owes you money for more than 20 days should probably be given a gentle reminder as to when p... Read More
  • 3,000 Entrepreneurs Say Luck Has Little to Do With Their Success
    By Patrick Clark Ask entrepreneurs how they built their businesses and they’ll likely credit talent and hard work. Luck is at the bottom of the list. In a scholarly survey that had 3,000 Swiss entrepreneurs rank the relative importance of six components of success, 78 percent put luck last. Not shocking: Successful people believe their achievements are the product of their own industry rather than randomness. A sample of failed entrepreneurs would likely have f... Read More
  • What to Include in Your Business Plan
    By The Staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. A business plan is a written description of the future of your business. It's a document that tells the story of what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. If you jot down a paragraph on the back of an envelope describing your business strategy, you’ve written a plan, or at least the germ of a plan. But there are some generally accepted conventions about what a full-blown business plan should include and how it should be ... Read More
  • Common Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs
    By Jose Costa What makes a great entrepreneur? Is it good leadership skills? Is it luck? Is it vision? Or is it a great personality? There is no one trait that guarantees success. But there are some common traits that successful entrepreneurs share that differentiates them from the rest -- they are determined, focused, and not afraid to take risks. Many of us have great ideas but few can actually turn them into action. To launch your own business, you have to take risks. ... Read More
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