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Missouri Success Stories

Small Business and Technology Development Center

The University of Missouri Extension's Business Development Program (BDP) exists to help Missouri's entrepreneurs succeed in private enterprise and to promote the economic development of the state of Missouri. It performs this vital service through a network of business counselors located throughout the state. The Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center is an arm of this development front.

Chelsea Taylor, owner of Barbosa's Mexican Restaurant in Kansas City; click to read full story
Chelsea Taylor, owner of Barbosa's Mexican Restaurant in downtown Kansas City. Chelsea serves up some of the restaurant's spicy lunch dishes.

Barbosa's Mexican Restaurant - Kansas City 

Barbosa's Mexican Restaurant, a landmark eatery with two locations in St. Joseph, recently expanded into a third franchise in a prime location in downtown Kansas City. This express, lunch-only version of the eatery is owned by Chelsea Taylor, a recent Missouri Western State University (MWSU) business management graduate who always wanted to share the recipes she'd cherished since childhood in a new city. As a member of a family that had owned restaurants, she knew the business from the ground up, having worked in almost every role from clean up to busboy and barkeep.

What she didn't know was how to convert her dream into reality.

So she sought the help of Rebecca Evans, an experienced business counselor with the Northwest Missouri State University SBTDC in St. Joseph. Rebecca helped Chelsea zero in on the best location with research into potential markets' number of households and housing units, median household income, median home value, per capita income, available labor force, consumer spending patterns and much more. Evans then helped Taylor write a business plan that got immediate results: a $55,000 SBA loan and a lease on a location in downtown Kansas City right across from city hall.

Read more Success Stories at the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center Website >>