Starting a Small Business: The First Steps

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 Starting A Small Business - The First Steps: Syllabus

Your Instructor

The course developer is a Business Development Specialist with the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) a program of the University of Missouri Extension. The Missouri SBTDC is a network of centers located throughout the state.  Each center provides counseling, coaching, training, and specialized services for start-up and existing businesses.   If you have questions on the course's content, contact the center most convenient to your location.  Our centers can be found at www.missouribusiness.net (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Click on the local help icon for a listing and contact information.

Course Description

The course is self-paced and consists of 7 modules, no module is more than 15 minutes in length. The entire self-paced course should take no more that 90 minutes. There are no activities, quizzes or other assessments. The purpose of course is strictly to provide information. There are no prerequisite knowledge and competencies.

There is a course registration form to complete and a course completion survey. With the completion of the course, to include the registration and survey, a course completion certificate can be downloaded.

Course Organization

The seven modules of this course are delivered in a lecture format. In addition to the course slides with notes there is a reference guide that includes and expands upon the material delivered in each module.

Additional Course Resources

A reference guide will be provided in the first module.

Each module will have an associated PDF for the PowerPoint video that you will watch.

Technical Requirements

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Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person's work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. The academic community regards breaches of the academic integrity rules as extremely serious matters.

Statement on academic integrity

Intellectual Pluralism

The university community welcomes intellectual diversity and respects student rights. Students who have questions or concerns about the atmosphere in this class, including respect for diverse opinions, may contact the departmental chair or divisional director, the director of the Office of Academic Integrity, or the MU Office for Civil Rights and Title IX.

Statement on intellectual pluralism

Executive Order No. 38 — Academic Inquiry, Course Discussion, and Privacy

Faculty allowing recording

University of Missouri System Executive Order No. 38 lays out principles regarding the sanctity of classroom discussions at the university. The policy is described fully in section 200.015 of the Collected Rules and Regulations. In this class, students may make audio or video recordings of course activity unless specifically prohibited by the faculty member. However, the redistribution of audio or video recordings of statements or comments from the course to individuals who are not students in the course is prohibited without the express permission of the faculty member and of any students who are recorded. Students found to have violated this policy are subject to discipline in accordance with provisions of section 200.020 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri pertaining to student conduct matters.

Faculty not allowing recording

University of Missouri System Executive Order No. 38 lays out principles regarding the sanctity of classroom discussions at the university. The policy is described fully in section 200.015 of the Collected Rules and Regulations. In this class, students may not make audio or video recordings of course activity, except students permitted to record as an accommodation under section 240.040 of the Collected Rules. All other students who record and/or distribute audio or video recordings of class activity are subject to discipline in accordance with provisions of section 200.020 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri pertaining to student conduct matters.

Those students who are permitted to record are not permitted to redistribute audio or video recordings of statements or comments from the course to individuals who are not students in the course without the express permission of the faculty member and of any students who are recorded. Students found to have violated this policy are subject to discipline in accordance with provisions of section 200.020 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri pertaining to student conduct matters.

Accommodations

If you anticipate barriers related to the format or requirements of this course, or if disability-related accommodations are necessary (for example, extended time on exams, materials in an alternate format), please notify your instructor or contact Customer Support

 

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