Northeast Missouri’s Small Business Development Center
In January 2020, the Hannibal Regional Economic Development Council (HREDC) opened Northeast Missouri’s first Small Business Development Center in Hannibal MO. Though the SBDC has been serving communities across the U.S. for forty years, they have not had a presence in our community until now. Business owner and Hannibal citizen, Brittany Weldy was hired on January 21st, 2020 as the first SBDC employee in the NEMO regional office. She serves as the Entrepreneurship Specialist.
Representative Louis Riggs has awarded a resolution to Brittany Weldy for her contributions thus far to the community on behalf of the SBDC & the HREDC. As an Entrepreneurship Specialist, Brittany provides unique services to small businesses and startups of all industries in her 6-county region. “One on one confidential counseling is the bedrock of my services to my clients. Through the SBDC network, I can help guide business owners to become more confident and educated business owners by providing resources in areas such as research & marketing, cash flow and financial analysis, obtaining government contracts, how to write a business plan, options to obtain funding, and much more,” Weldy shares.
In less than 2 months of the office opening, Weldy is already very busy serving her area, having connected with over 25 local businesses and startups thus far, and is eager to benefit many more as the SBDC becomes more notable in her territory. The near future aspirations for the office is to create a free mentoring program with local experts connecting with local businesses. Weldy sees this program as a win-win for the Northeast MO economy, “The benefit of this program is 2-fold; the new business owner gains the knowledge and direction they need from an expert, and the mentor can build relationships and gain exposure to potential new clients.” She will also be coordinating several free and low-cost workshops on all topics throughout the Northeast Mo Region, so keep your eye out for more opportunities this year.
HREDC works to promote financial investment in Hannibal and Palmyra; and Marion and Ralls Counties. For more information on the organization, please visit their website at www.hredc.com.
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