Innovative Chuckwagon Business Idea Wins First Place In Techstars Startup Weekend West Plains

A team of three Techstars Startup Weekend participants were selected as first place winners for their innovative business pitch for a “chuckwagon,” an on-the-go kitchen for campers. Over 40 people participated in Startup Weekend West Plains, which was held October 19-21 at the Ozarks Small Business Incubator. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where attendees pitch ideas, form teams and learn how to build a company in a weekend. West Plains is the smallest city in the U.S. to host a Startup Weekend event.

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 14:45


Frankie Smith, Transforming Lives Counseling, LLC, Receives Microloan


Frankie Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor with Transforming Lives Counseling, LLC, recently received a microloan offered through the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) and Thayer Development Improvement Organization (TDIO). Transforming Lives Counseling offers mental health services and is located on the corner of 12th Street and Walker Avenue in Mammoth Spring, AR. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 14:52


MasterNodes.Pro is a New OzSBI Tenant

Jason Sponaugle, owner and developer of MasterNodes.Pro is a new tenant with the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI). Jason is located in OzSBI in Office 106.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 14:46


OzSBI Hosts Second Startup Weekend

Entrepreneurs will gather in West Plains, MO, October 19-21 for Techstars Startup Weekend. This 54-hour event will be held at OzSBI and will begin on Friday, October 19th at 5:30 p.m. and end Sunday, October 21st at 6 p.m.

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 15:09


OzSBI Welcomes ZCAPS Into Space

We're excited to have ZCAPS-West Plains at OzSBI during the 2018 school year! ZCAPS is a career readiness program with West Plains Schools - Home of the Zizzers. Students are fully immersed in a professional culture, solve real world problems and are mentored by actual employers.

OzSBI Executive Director Heather Fisher recently spoke with participating students about project and time management. The West Plains Industrial Development Corporation is sponsoring a work space at OzSBI for the ZCAPS students during their professionalism boot camp.

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 16:13


Mill Country Title Services, LLC, is a new OzSBI Tenant

Lindsay Collins with Mill Country Title Services, LLC (MCT), has made the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) home for a MCT West Plains location. Lindsay is located in OzSBI at 414 Washington Avenue, West Plains, MO, in Office 414. 

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 15:56


OzSBI Client Opens New Yoga Studio

Kandi Kimball, owner/instructor at ByrdByByrd Yoga and client of the Ozarks Small Business Incubator, recently opened her new, full-sized yoga studio at 1536 Imperial Drive in West Plains. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 14:16


November Business Brief

OzSBI: Not Just for Startups

Since OzSBI is a “small business incubator,” it’s clear that we help new ventures get started. Through the right care and support they can grow strong and stand on their own. But I am frequently asked whether OzSBI also engages with existing businesses.  The answer is most definitely “yes.”

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 16:09


OzSBI Offering 2 Professional Development Courses in August

OzSBI Offering 2 Professional Development Courses in August


Friday, August 11, 2017 - 11:53


Second New Tenant in June

Midwest Counseling and Assessment, owned by Dr. Jenny Long, joined OzSBI as a Tenant Business in June. Midwest Counseling and Assessment provides the region access to Psychological Assessments and Counseling in a discreet and professional atmosphere. Emphasis will be placed on immediate access for psychological clearance of medical procedures for area physicians, in-office or online counseling services that offer clients discretion and privacy, and a wide range of psychological testing.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 15:35


June Business Brief


“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance…”   --Steve Jobs

The founder of Apple may not have been from the Ozarks, but Steve Jobs’s assertion has never been proven truer than it has been here in the last few weeks.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 15:33


2017 Entrepreneur of the Year

During EPIC, OzSBI’s Small Business Week celebration on May 2nd, the Entrepreneur of the Year was recognized.  Thirteen businesses were nominated for this prestigious award that recognizes an entrepreneur, who has demonstrated strong business growth, innovative business practices, and community contributions and involvement. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 15:25


New Tenant at OzSBI

Southern Missouri Surveying, owned by Tom Barnard, joined OzSBI as a Tenant Business in June.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 15:23


April's Business Brief

Show-Me Innovation and OzSBI

By Heather W. Fisher

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 13:48


Ellen is Back for EPIC 17

Ellen Rohr is Back at EPIC 17! She will be discussing "Where Did the MOney GO?"

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 11:20


Thank you EPIC 17 Sponsors

This years main event is sponsored by Community First Banking Company, Restoring Hope, KY3, AirMedCare, Donahue Roofing, Fidelity Communication, Adams Construction, Arvest Bank, Grisham Properties,  Kemmons Insurance – John Coleman, Shelter Insurance – David Thomas, Executive Outsourcing Services and Landmark Bank.  

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 10:44


EPIC 17 on May 2, 2017

Celebrate Small Business Week at EPIC

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 10:31


OzSBI Second Floor Donation

Community First Banking Company donated $3,500 for the glass banister on the newly remodeled second floor of the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI). The second floor of OzSBI will have 5 large offices ranging in size from 800 sf to 1800sf, a board room, coworking space and a coffee bar. 


Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 14:27


Cahill Construction becomes an OzSBI Champion

Cahill Construction is the latest business to join OzSBI as a Champion.  “Cahill Construction has been the general contractor on OzSBI’s second floor remodel.  They have finished the project ahead of schedule and done an excellent job.  Located in Salem MO, we are pleased to partner with businesses throughout our 7 county service area and proud to recognize them with a banner in our lobby,” said Heather W. Fisher, OzSBI’s Executive Director.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 14:25


Professional Business Workshops at OzSBI

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 14:19