July 21 – July 23, 2020

The Center for Entrepreneurship will host five free workshops for entrepreneurs. This is free and open to the community. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Missouri Western State University is still closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization and supports nationwide efforts to help keep our communities safe. The rescheduled Capstone Luncheon is on Thursday, July 23 from noon – 1 p.m. in the Fulkerson Center. To RSVP, please email entrepreneurship@missouriwestern.edu or call 816-273-4283. 

All businesses are very important to our community and region. As always, the Center for Entrepreneurship is here to help you in any way we can.  Please let us know if we can be of assistance.  

E-Week Workshops Include:

Planning For Your Business

Provides knowledge on writing a business plan, business legals and how to protect your business.

Presenter: Annette Weeks, Susan Montee, and Don Tolly

Director of Center for Entrepreneurship, Montee Law firm, and Tolly & Associates

Quickbooks Awareness

The importance of bookkeeping and learning how to navigate QuickBooks (online version). Send in your questions in advance and Shelly will cover during the workshop.

Presenter: Shelly Hulet

Sumner, Carter, Hardy and Schwichtenberg, P.C.

How to Finance Your Business?

Learn the different financing options to start a business and how to grow your business!

Presenter: Roni Mauer


Creating with Canva

Learn how to navigate Canva and utilize the free resources provided. The importance of branding and creating content through the application.

Presenter: Miu Sutton

Graduate Assistant at the Center for Entrepreneurship 

Website Design

Learn how to build your own website for your business.

Presenter: Jake Kelly

Instructional Design, Web & Applications Programming Manager at Missouri Western State University

Register Here

Entrepreneurship Week Awards

2019 E-Week Award Winners

Mike Dragoo, Entrepreneur of the Year 2019

Mike Dragoo founded Dragoo Metal Works with his wife, Lori, in 1991. Working out of his garage, it was two years before he hired his first employee, and the expansions continued from there. Today, the company operates out of a 30,000 sq. ft. building with 25 employees. Dragoo Metal Works serves the bioprocessing equipment industry, building and installing state-of-the-art equipment to their customers’ specifications. Mike also co-owns Spanky & Buckwheat’s Catering & Rental Hall and Ultra Clean.

“Mike truly thinks like an entrepreneur and finds ways to develop ideas with others so everyone can succeed,” his nomination read.

He is currently serving as president of the Southside Sertoma Club and volunteers for several other local organizations. He serves on the Sheet Metal Workers Local #2 Apprentice Board, and was Chair of the Board for four years for Hillcrest Transitional Housing (now Pivotal Point).

Alyson Fisher, Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

In 2017, Alyson Fisher bought a successful pet-grooming business, Fantastic Fido’s, and by the second year, had increased the gross income by more than 38 percent. That success led to the purchase of Garden Gate Flowers & Gifts in 2018. She also owns and operates AT Productions, where she works with businesses to help them succeed. Fantastic Fido’s staff grew from four employees to 14, and Garden Gate has grown from two full-time and four part-time to three full-time and five part-time. She is very active in the local entrepreneurial group, Cup of Joe, and recently founded the Cup of Joe Book Club.

“Alyson is an extremely motivated individual. She provides a level of management that gives her employees a feeling of worth, giving her the opportunity to own more than one business and help others,” her nomination read.

2020 Award Nominations

Entrepreneur of the Year

Do you know of a successful entrepreneur? One that you admire and hold in esteem? Have they shown experience in starting, growing, and/or expanding a successful business? Have they been in business for five years or more? Do they give back to the community? If so, we would love for you to nominate them for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Nominate an Entrepreneur

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

This is for those entrepreneurs that have been in business five years or less. This is to highlight those entrepreneurs that are showing innovation and has the potential for impact on our community.

Nominate an Entrepreneur

Past Award Winners

Entrepreneur of the Year

2019 – Mike Dragoo

2018 – Scott Gann

2017 – Bob Wollenman

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

2019 – Alyson Fisher

2018 – Scott Bratton

2017 – Jason Chase