May News & Events


Our second annual EPIC held on May 3, 2016 was a huge success! Business makeover expert Ellen Rohrwas a hit with the crowd and was inspirational with her tips on how to Un-Complicate your business. Watch her review of EPIC now! 
Ellen Rohr @ OzSBI!

Our roundtable speakers were a hit sharing their journeys to success. The audience enjoyed asking questions and being interactive with these business owners.

Atinuke Adeleke, Zuri Perle
Josh Holstein, CellARide

Brian Clark, Ray Ray's Smokehouse BBQ

Kris Lumby, VoxDis

Scotty Wall, Global Steel Buildings

Zac Kelly, Earth Outdoors

Thank you EPIC Sponsors
Community First Banking Company, Restoring Hope LLC, West Plains Bank and Trust Company, Donahue Roofing, Inc., Welch, Couch & Company PA, John Perkins - Inspire Capital Corporation, John Coleman - Kemmons Insurance, David Thomas - Shelter Insurance, Grisham Properties, Ray & Fisher Law Office and Wiles Law Firm LLC.
 EPIC 16 Pitch Competition Winner

Jacob Poulette placed first in our Business Pitch Competition.  He is an independent game developer based out of West Plains, MO. He started Silicon Forge Studios in 2009, while he was finishing his senior year as an Undergraduate IT Major (with an emphasis in 3D Game Development) at Abilene Christian University. This goal was a simple one "to establish a new game studio in the area that I grew up in" an area that is not considered the as a "traditional" hub of the gaming industry.

Besides running his own business Jacob is the Department Head of the Computer Graphics & Programming Department at Missouri State University - West Plains. The CGP program is a two year Associates of Applied Science degree that focuses on introducing students to the fields of Game Art, Programming, and Design. This has allowed Jacob to work with a talented pool of local artists, game designers, and programmers who have chosen to make their home far away from the large cities where many of the industry's hot spots are located. While this has offered its own set of challenges, it has also had its own unique rewards.

1st Place Prize: $500 cash, personal branding package, 4 professional mentoring sessions, 1 year of coworking space, 2 full day trainings at OzSBI

 EPIC 16 Mix and Mingle

Our EPIC 16 Mix & Mingle was totally awesome! We had great food from Colton's Steakhouse and Grill, and Ray Ray's Smokehouse BBQ; along with beer from Budweiser and wine from McCullough House winery.

Here are just a few photos from the evening. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more.

OzSBI Staff
Ladies from Great Scrubs & More
Lily (Donahue Roofing) and Autumn (FundRaiser Software)
Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learns are free and open to the public.

Lead Generation  Thursday, May 19th 12pm FREE

Discover where to get leads and how many can be converted into customers. Bring your lunch.

Equipment Financing for Small Business  Thursday, June 16th 12pm FREE

Business owners or operators who have equipment needs will benefit from this discussion of traditional financing and lease financing.  Learn alternative ways of financing equipment and capital preservation. Lunch provided by Arvest Bank.

Professional Workshops 

Good customer service is a business's lifeblood. Learn tips and tricks for building repeat business.    
Date: Thursday, May 26th
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $35/$20

2016 Guide to Retirement

This is a free presentation intended to improve your understanding of issues relating to the goal of retirement. *RSVP by May 20th, by email or call 636-896-8000.    
Date: Thursday, May 26th
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE

First Steps: Starting a Business

This workshop will provide you with an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business. It is designed specifically for those who are thinking about a new business venture.    
Date: Tuesday, June 7th
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $35/$20

Introduction to QuickBooks Pro

This one-day workshop offers six hours of an INTRODUCTORY, hands-on learning opportunity for small business. Boost the accuracy of your small business accounting. In this session you will learn how to set up a company file, set up customers, employees and ventors, track accounts payable and receivable, reconcile accounts, and create reports.    
Date: Wednesday, July 13th
Time: 9-4 p.m.
Cost: $129/$99

Advanced QuickBooks Pro

In this training you will learn how to use the import/export feature to setup new companies, setup and track inventorypayroll taxes and forms, use advanced invoice features, setup and monitor budgets, manage and pay sales tax, and explore expanded reporting capabilities.     
Date: Wednesday, July 27th
Time: 9-4 p.m.
Cost: $129/$99

2016 Guide to Retirement

This is a free presentation intended to improve your understanding of issues relating to the goal of retirement. *RSVP by May 20th, by email or call 636-896-8000.    
Date: Thursday, May 26th
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Thank You Champion Members!

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