Local highlights

Advanced Quickbooks

This hands on class supports businesses that have experience using QuickBooks. Learn how to get useable information out of your QucikBooks data. Class will be held Thursday, March 31, 2016. For questions and/or to register please contact Jeff Samborski, Business Development Specialist at 816-252-5051 or by email at samborskij@missouri.edu. Class Flyer

Business Classes Held in Kansas City Area

"The Basics of Writing a Business Plan" and "The First Steps to Starting a Business" are business classes being held at the Kansas City Full Employment Council. Scholarships are available for dislocated workers. Print this FLYER for full details.  For more information contact Richard Zarate, Business Counselor with University of Missouri Extension and Small Business & Technology Development Center. Phone (816) 407-3496 or Email zarater@missouri.edu

MoTax Initiative/VITA

This program offers a gateway to financial education through taxpayer assistance. MoTax offers preparation of federal and state tax returns to low-income families and uses this opportunity to emphasize the importance of financial planning management. MoTax is supported by University of Missouri Extension along with federal and local partners. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers provide free tax assistance to low income, disabled, homebound and English as a second language taxpayers. Some VITA sites provide assistance only to those taxpayers who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. For More Information Click Here and check out the Free Tax Processing Checklist

Moisture, Mold, and Your Home

With all the rain affecting so many Missourians, water damage is unfortunately a reality from leaking roofs to flooding basements. If there are water issues, there may be mold in your home. Now with increased temperatures, humidity levels may also foster mold growth. Please consider these resources if you are affected by water or mold. For questions contact Marsha Alexander, Urban West Region Housing and Environmental Design Specialist at alexanderm@missouri.edu or 816-482-5850.

Resources for Your Flooded Home: http://extension.missouri.edu/explorepdf/miscpubs/mp0904.pdf

EPA information on Mold and Moisture: http://www.epa.gov/mold/

New Services for Area Businesses Now Available

Missouri’s Small Business and Technology Development Centers (SBTDC) are transforming Missouri businesses by providing the right resources at the right time.  Missouri’s pipeline of entrepreneurs creates different needs as businesses advance through various stage of growth. Therefore, a full range of advisory services and educational programs have been put into place to boost virtually any business to its next level of growth. The Jackson County Center is already working with over 100 local entities through the free individualized counseling/coaching program.

The Jackson County Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is based within MU Extension’s offices at 1600 Coronado Drive in Blue Springs, Missouri.  (www.missouribusiness.net).

The SBTDC is part of a statewide network of service centers known as the Missouri Business Development Program working in conjunction with the US Small Business Administration. For more information including potential scholarships that may be available, call Jeff Samborski at 816-252-5051 or e-mail him at samborskij@missouri.edu.

Family Nutrition Education Programs

The Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP) bring the latest nutrition information to low-income Missourians. FNEP helps clients achieve lifelong health and fitness. Paraprofessional nutrition educators work with clients in schools and at agencies. Clients gain skills that pave the way for nutritional well-being and health. Programs include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP). For more information on how to receive these FREE programs for youth, teens, adults, and seniors see our staff directory for contact information. http://extension.missouri.edu/fnep/mapregions/UrbanWest.htm

Health Benefits of Tai Chi Exercise

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low-impact exercise that promotes physical and mental health and relaxation. It is practiced as an effective exercise for health through a series of flowing, graceful and gentle postures and movements. The gentle flowing movements contain inner power that can strengthen the body, improve mental relaxation and mobilize joints and muscles. It is especially suitable as a therapy for arthritis because of the slow and gentle movements. Health Benefits of Tai Chi Exercise Article      New Classes Are Forming