Tips for helping small businesses survive hard times will be the focus of a series of free webinars co-hosted by The Center for Entrepreneurship at Missouri Western State University and the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce April 13-24.

“Being an entrepreneur can sometimes be lonely and frustrating,” said Annette Weeks, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and host for the series of webinars. “This is one of the ways we can help small business owners stay connected.”

The webinars, “Surviving a Small Business in Hard Times,” features six topics. All are scheduled for 10 a.m. Register by emailing the Center for Entrepreneurship,, or by visiting the Chamber of Commerce website.

Monday, April 13: How to Prepare Your Business Financials, presented by Shelly Hulet, of Sumner, Carter, Hardy & Schwichtenberg, PC

Wednesday, April 15: SBA and Other Financial Options, presented by Roni Mauer and Kleci Moss, Mo-Kan Regional Council

Friday, April 17: Pivoting Your Business Model in Hard Times, presented by Mary Ingersoll, Inspiration Dance Studio

Monday, April 20: Creating/Updating a Business Plan for Going Forward, presented by Annette Weeks, Center for Entrepreneurship, and Natalie Redmond, St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, April 22: Getting People to Your Business, presented by Dr. Phillip Frank, Missouri Western’s Craig School of Business

Friday, April 24: Being at the Forefront on Social Media, presented by Miu Sutton, Center for Entrepreneurship

In addition to the series of webinars, Weeks encourages small business owners to stay connected through two other ongoing efforts. The regular weekly Cup of Joe gathering is now virtual on the Cup of Joe Facebook page at 9 a.m. each Wednesday. And a Facebook group has been created, Entrepreneurs of Western Missouri, to give business owners a place to engage with like-minded people and look for support.