By Benjamin Herrold
Fri Apr 23, 2010, 01:00 PM CDT
As a business development specialist, Chris Shoemaker knows that the best ways to create new jobs are to help entrepreneurs start new businesses and to help existing businesses grow.
Shoemaker works on both of these tasks in his business counseling work with the University of Missouri Extension Office. Two days a week, Shoemaker works in the Entrepreneurship and Business Development Center on the campus of the Moberly Area Community College. The entrepreneurship center has a partnership with the Extension office, and the center houses a Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), the only one in the state located on a community college campus.
Shoemaker’s top focus at the SBTDC is one-on-one counseling with individuals who want to start their own business. He offers advice and helps them develop their business plans, which are required by financial institutions that would offer loans for business startup. He also seeks to prepare them for the obstacles they will face.
Read more about how Entrepreneurship office offers help to local businesses here