As many businesses are adjusting their operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) is incorporating new services to help meet the needs of business owners and entrepreneurs. Along with an online hub of COVID-19 business resources and video conferencing tools used by staff to converse with businesses who have questions regarding the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Paycheck Protection Programs, OzSBI is now offering access to LivePlan, an online business planning tool to entrepreneurs and business owners.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 12:14
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Missouri Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
[SACRAMENTO, Calif.] – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Missouri small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Michael L. Parson on March 17, 2020.
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 11:16
OzSBI Continues to Serve as Resource Center for Small Businesses during Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
The Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) will continue providing business counseling and resources during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 16:16
ServiceMaster of West Plains is the latest business to join the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) as a Business Champion Member. OzSBI Champions are businesses dedicated to seeing the region’s business community flourish.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 09:53
ABC Carpet One is the latest business to join the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) as a Business Champion Member. OzSBI Champions are businesses dedicated to seeing the region’s business community flourish.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 09:49
Michael and Amanda Osborn are the new owners of MMAD Spirits Distillery, soon to open in West Plains. The Osborns recently received a microloan offered through the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) to establish their business. MMAD Spirits Distillery will offer a variety of brews, including specialized whiskey and rum. MMAD Spirits Distillery is located at 1524 Porter Wagoner Boulevard in West Plains. An opening date in spring of 2020 is anticipated. Watch the MMAD Spirits Distillery Facebook page for more details.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 10:16
Monica Hoover is the new owner of Steam Pro, a carpet cleaner service in West Plains. She recently received a microloan offered through the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) to purchase the business. Steam Pro specializes in cleaning carpet, tile and grout. Steam Pro can be reached at 417-256-2701.
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 15:20
[FROM THE MISSOURI DEPT. OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] – The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) approved seven Missouri small business incubators for a total of $500,000 in tax credits under the Small Business Incubator program.
Each year, the program helps generate private funds to establish a protective facility-based or virtual environment (incubator) and provide small businesses with support and resources to operate. This type of working environment fosters growth and development during a business’s early stages.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 12:08
Jackie Sisco and Kerri Jones, owners of Thrive Home Agency, have made the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) home for their new business.
Thrive Home Agency provides a supportive network to developmentally disabled individuals, helping them live abundantly in their homes and communities. Services include individualized supported living (ISL), in-home respite care (short-term) and assistance for individuals and families with developmentally disabled members wanting to move toward independence. Thrive is located at OzSBI in Suite 132.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 09:24
Leonardo DRS, Inc., is the latest business to join the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) as a Business Champion Member. Champion Members receive exclusive benefits including free use of meeting rooms, discounts on OzSBI workshops and a banner placed in OzSBI’s lobby. Businesses interested in participating in OzSBI’s membership program may call 417-256-9724, or visit here.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 11:35
Southern Bank is the latest business to join the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) as a Business Champion Member. Champion Members receive exclusive benefits including free use of meeting rooms, discounts on OzSBI workshops and a banner placed in OzSBI’s lobby. Businesses interested in participating in OzSBI’s membership program may call 417-256-9724, or visit here.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 09:58
(OzSBI) hosted its fifth annual National Small Business Week celebration on May 9 with over 60 attendees. Aspiring and existing entrepreneurs and business owners gathered to hear journeys of successful entrepreneurs and network with other business owners during EPIC (Entrepreneur Potential and Innovation Collaboration) 19 at OzSBI.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 09:53
Dylan Smith with State Line Barber in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, recently received a microloan offered through the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) and the Thayer Development Improvement Organization (TDIO). State Line Barber offers traditional haircuts, buzz cuts and hot towel shaves. State Line Barber recently opened its new location on the corner of South 4 th Street and Main Street in Mammoth Spring, AR.
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 20:27
Danielle Jones, owner of The Dog Wash, a new dog grooming service to open in West Plains, recently received a microloan offered through the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI). The Dog Wash plans to open its location at Suite 4, 1504 Preacher Roe Blvd., later this month.
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 13:13
Arvest Bank recently donated $6,000 to the Ozarks Small Business Incubator. For its support, Arvest Bank has a sign with its name installed in OzSBI’s large conference room and partners with OzSBI on providing educational workshops. Representatives from Arvest Bank recently presented a check to OzSBI Staff.
“We are very appreciative of Arvest’s contribution and look forward to working with their staff to create unique learning opportunities for small businesses in the area,” said OzSBI Executive Director, Heather Fisher.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 10:03
OzSBI has been awarded $99,852 in 50% tax credits by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Any individual or business with a Missouri tax liability is eligible to receive the 2018 tax credits by making a donation to OzSBI. Tax credits directly reduce the donor's state taxes by 50% of the donated amount, which is in addition to the standard state and federal charitable tax deductions.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 14:07
OzSBI was an exciting place to be in 2018! Sixteen businesses resided within the incubator this year. Five new businesses moved into OzSBI while four businesses graduated out.
Monday, December 3, 2018 - 14:09
OzSBI recently welcomed three new OzSBI Board directors, Sam Currier with the Thayer Development and Improvement Organization, Juliet Cobb with ServiceMaster of West Plains and Myles Smith with Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative. New directors are pictured with Ila Sloan, Financial Administrator at OzSBI, and Heather Fisher, OzSBI Executive Director.
Monday, December 3, 2018 - 13:19
(OzSBI) recently celebrated the retirement of three OzSBI Board of Directors, Dan Thompson, Brenda Smith and John Coleman. Thompson has served on the board for five years, most recently as chairman of the Board. Smith served eight years as the Board Secretary. Coleman served as a board member for nine years. Directors are pictured with Ila Sloan, Financial Administrator at OzSBI, and Heather Fisher, OzSBI Executive Director. (Not pictured: John Coleman)
Monday, December 3, 2018 - 13:18
Midwest Mobile Imaging (MMI) is a new tenant with the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI). MMI provides medical mobile imaging services for nursing home facilities and their patients. With locations in Springfield and now West Plains, MO, MMI services facilities from Thayer to the Springfield region. MMI is located in Suite 130 at OzSBI. For more information, visit http://www.midwestmobileimaging.com/.
Friday, November 2, 2018 - 11:59
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OzSBI by the Numbers
New jobs we've helped create since 2012
Businesses that have gotten their start in the OzSBI facility
Businesses located in the community who received our services
Hours we've spent mentoring clients
Have attended workshops and seminars at OzSBI since 2012