The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting Small Business Summit. This is a perfect learning opportunity for small-business owners and employees. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fulkerson Center at Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Drive. The half-day summit features a Cup of Joe presentation, keynote speaker and different breakout sessions on various topics that are focused on helping small businesses.

Keynote speaker this year is Leroy Shatto of Shatto Milk Company. Leroy has milked cows for more than 33 years. In the early 1990s, other local dairy farms were going out of business due to the low milk prices being paid by dairy cooperatives for bulk milk. In the mid-1990s, Leroy and his wife Barbara began talking about their future. In 2001, they began investigating the idea of bottling the milk from their small herd that remained and selling it to the people of St. Joseph and Kansas City. In 2003, Shatto Milk Company made its first farm-fresh delivery to just under 10 stores. Come learn how they made the change and saved the generations-old farm.

Breakout sessions include:

How to Develop Your Entrepreneur Pitch and Gain Investors with Jeff Shackelford, Mid-America Angels

How to Diversify Your Sales Strategies with Alyson Thompson, Garden Gate; Korey Massey, The Mark-It and Dana Massin of Manic Snail

H.A.V.E.-The Key to Success as it Applies to Entrepreneurs with Kardell Sims, Visionary Hustler LLC

Financing Your Business with Mo-Kan Regional Council and Justine Petersen

The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce event is presented by Family Investment Center and held in conjunction with the MWSU Steven L. Craig School of Business & Technology.

Cost is $20 per person and includes lunch.