Entrepreneurship Week, a series of workshops and events, will be held March 19-23, 2018 at Missouri Western State University. Sponsored by the Craig School of Business Center for Entrepreneurship, Don Tolly American Family Insurance Agency and Sumner, Carter, Hardy & Schwichtenberg, PC, the weeklong program is targeted toward local business professionals, aspiring entrepreneurs, college students, high school students, and those curious about the skills needed to run a small business.

Business professors will offer small, personalized sessions at various times throughout the week. Sessions include “How to Write a Business Plan” with Annette Weeks, “Artists as Entrepreneurs” with Bob Willenbrink, “Accounting for Beginners” and “Advanced QuickBooks” with James Adkins, “Social Media Tools for Small Businesses” with Jomel Nichols, “Brand Building” with Greg Hatten and more . All of the sessions are open to the public and students. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is preferred. You can register by calling or emailing the Center for Entrepreneurship, 816-271-4283 or aweeks@missouriwestern.edu .

The week will also feature a special edition of Cup of Joe, which will take place at Fulkerson Center on the campus of MWSU Wednesday, March 21. Also on Wednesday, the MECA Challenge Kansas City Youth Competition will travel to St. Joseph and local high school students will have the opportunity to participate in an all-day event. As part of this event, students are paired with a local business owner and get to practice career skills, network with peers and mentors, and engage in problem solving for real world startup businesses.

The final day of Entrepreneurship Week, Friday, March 23, features an opportunity for students to meet with Steven L. Craig for a question-and-answer session. The student gathering is at 10 a.m. in Blum Student Union, rooms 222-223. The capstone business luncheon, with guest speaker and  entrepreneur Wayne Chatham will be held at noon in the Fulkerson Center. Tickets for lunch are $15 and must be purchased in advance. Because seating is limited, we suggest that you register for the luncheon prior to March 15.

At the luncheon, winners of the Emerging Entrepreneur and Entrepreneur of the Year will be announced. The first-annual awards will recognized two outstanding entrepreneurs. Nominations for Emerging Entrepreneur and Entrepreneur of the Year are being accepted through March 9. You can find nomination forms and instructions online at https://csb-cfe.missouriwestern.edu/entrepreneurship-week/

For more information or to register for any of the events, call the Center for Entrepreneurship office at 816-271-4283 or email aweeks@missouriwestern.edu. You can also visit the CFE website at https://csb-cfe.missouriwestern.edu/