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Small Business Development Center

Small Business Technology Development Center

Mission Statement

To educate entrepreneurs and business owners to realize success.


About the MSSU SBDC

The Missouri SBDC at Missouri Southern State University is part of a nationwide network of SBDC programs and is affiliated with and supported by The Robert W. Plaster College of Business Administration. Our local center was established in April 1987. The SBDC provides existing and start-up small businesses in Jasper, Newton, Barton, Vernon, McDonald, Cedar, Dade, and Lawrence counties with consulting and training.

The SBDC provides one-on-one counseling at no charge to area for-profit small businesses that are existing businesses or start-up companies. For additional information about the Missouri Southern SBDC, please call (417) 625-3128 or go to

The Small Business Development Center at MSSU has provided training for owners, managers and employees of area businesses and industries since 1987. The SBDC strives to be responsive and flexible in meeting the educational needs of the business community.

SBA Affiliation

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.  Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.  The Missouri SBDC at MSSU is a University of Mo. Extension Partner.


Meet the Staff


Katie Fields 53212119792_4deb60ee37_k.jpg

Director, Missouri SBDC at Missouri Southern State University

Office: Plaster Hall Room 107
Phone: 417-625-9575


Kelsey Little 53213391154_bda9809c5c_k.jpg

SBDC Consultant

Office: Plaster Hall Room 107

Contact the Department

Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center
Room 107 3950 Newman Road,
Joplin, MO 64801

Phone: 417-625-3128 Fax: 417-625-9782

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