This week’s 8:30 rumor…

Here in Branson, it’s long been a custom that if there isn’t a rumor circulating by 8:30, we’ll start one.  And this week’s 8:30 rumor? The Branson TriLakes area is the best place to be for entrepreneurs looking to start a new business. That’s especially true this week as it’s Small Business Week in Branson. Here are a couple of opportunities you should take if you want to start your own business. This article was originally published on KRZK’s

BRANSON, Mo. — Each year the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners through the “National Small Business Week.”

This year, University of Missouri Extension, Taney County SBTDC and the Taney County Partnership will host two events to celebrate “Small Business Week” in the Branson area.

“The goal is to engage the small business community and help local entrepreneurs start and manage their businesses successfully,” said Chrystal Irons, business development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.


“Starting a Small Business: The First Steps,” will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, at Hawthorn Bank, 4675 N. Gretna Rd, Branson. The program is free to Taney County residents and small business owners thanks to a sponsorship by the Taney County Partnership (TCP).  The cost for non-Taney County residents is $15.

“This program is designed specifically for those who are thinking about a new business venture.  Participants will learn about the importance of planning, discuss legal and regulatory requirements and identify sources of funding,” said Irons.

Successful entrepreneur, Stephanie Barney of Lightspeed Electrical Services, will be on hand to share her experiences overcoming challenges small businesses face.

To register for this event visit Eventbrite at:

“Introduction to QuickBooks Pro,” starting at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 15, at Hawthorn Bank, 4675 N. Gretna Rd, Branson. This workshop offers six-hours of an introductory computer, hands-on learning opportunity for small businesses.  The cost to attend the workshop is $99. The first five Taney County residents and/or businesses to sign-up online will receive a 50 percent discount made possible by the Taney County Partnership (TCP). Laptop computers will be provided and seating is limited.

“This class will help you boost the accuracy of your small business accounting by learning how to track income and expenses, run payroll and create reports to track profitability and other key business performance measures,” said Irons.

To register for this event visit Eventbrite at:

For additional information contact the Taney County Extension Center at 417-546-4431.