Government Resources

Missouri Secretary of State, Business Services Division

The Business Services Division is comprised of 3 units. The Corporations Division handles the creation and maintenance of the over 300,000 business entities doing business in Missouri. The Commissions Division performs an array of functions including commissioning notaries public. The UCC Division processes personal property lien filings.

Missouri Department of Economic Development

Tools, resources and incentives for Missouri based businesses.

Missouri Linked Deposit Program

The Missouri Linked Deposit Program partners with lending institutions to provide low-interest loans to help create and retain jobs, expand the economy and strengthen communities statewide.

Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers

SBTD Centers help businesses at every stage of growth. From concept to startup, growth to renewal, maturity to succession. Thier experts are located statewide providing help on a variety of business topics including: Professional business analysis, Business consultations and access to technology resources, Educational training seminars on a variety of business topics.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (“PACE”) Program

Financing for residential and commercial properties for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE)

SLATE is City of St. Louis’ workforce department offering businesses and job seekers of all ages and socioeconomic background no-cost employment and job training services.

St. Louis Business Assistance Center (BAC)

The BAC facilitates the licensing and permitting of businesses and act as the ombudsman for the City business community.

St. Louis Business Financing

Local Development Company (LDC) Commercial Loan – Direct, low interest, and subordinated loans for working capital, equipment purchase, land and building acquisition, and construction or leasehold improvements.

Real Estate Tax Abatement – Tax abatement for real estate development in the City of St. Louis.

SBA 504 Loan Program – Geared towards healthy, expanding for-profit businesses seeking long term, low down-payment financing for major fixed assets. It cannot be used for working capital or inventory.

SBA 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program – Enables lenders to provide financing to small businesses when funding is otherwise unavailable on reasonable terms.

St. Louis Commercial Facade Program

The Facade Program provides funding to improve the facade and appearance of eligible commercial properties.

St. Louis Development Corporation

St. Louis Development Corporation’s mission is to stimulate the market for private investment in City real estate and business development and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives in, works in, and visits the City of St. Louis. SLDC is partially funded with Community Development Block Grant Funds.

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

Works to develop and grow long-term diversified business and employment opportunities by creating innovative solutions that generate increased wealth and enhanced quality of life for the citizens, businesses and institutions of the St. Louis region.

US Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA delivers of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

Entrepreneur Resources

1 Million Cups (1MC)

1MC is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities in St. Louis and around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present. Entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather realtime feedback, connect with a community that truly cares about their progress, and walk away feeling like they have advanced their business. The audience also learns a great deal from the presentations. Whether this is through passively listening or deeply engaging with the entrepreneurs, there is much to learn every week from these dynamic and diverse communities.

Enterprise University

Enterprise Bank’s free courses for business, including: Marketing, Social media, Sales management, Financial management, Business valuation, Succession planning, Developing leadership,Employee compensation, Financial Planning.

Grace Hill Womens Business Center

With a focus on women and minorities in underserved communities, Grace Hill Women’s Business Center is a leader in providing direct services to budding entrepreneurs and current business owners.

Invest STL

Engages residents and stakeholders in the St. Louis region for the support of building great neighborhoods. In working toward this mission, we believe in upholding a set of core values to ensure we are serving St. Louis communities effectively.


Justine PETERSEN helps small businesses and individuals achieve new levels of financial capability by focusing on building assets. Emphasis is on the loan applicants’ strengths in achieving their goals.

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM)

Community and Economic Development (CED) Program

This LSEM initiative utilizes the resources of volunteer transactional attorneys to provide business legal assistance and education to entrepreneurs who are low-income and who are starting or expanding small businesses in the greater St. Louis area. The CED Program also provides similar business legal services to nonprofit entities that support entrepreneurship and/or engage in affordable housing and other community development initiatives. By building the capacity of entrepreneurs and related nonprofit organizations described above, the CED Program helps generate jobs and foster economic growth and neighborhood revitalization.

Missouri Venture Forum

Missouri Venture Forum’s Mission is to serve entrepreneurs – those leading the growth of earlier stage businesses – through peer networking, topical education and access to capital resources.


Prosper address the entrepreneur gender gap in the St. Louis region.  We are a group of business leaders, thinkers, doers, innovators and students who want to make sure that our community is well positioned in the new economy and, more specifically, that women entrepreneurs are a vital part of its future.

SCORE St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri Chapter of SCORE is part of a national non-profit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of the nation’s small business

Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Charged with igniting entrepreneurial interest and learning in all disciplines including business, law, physical sciences, social sciences, art, architecture, engineering, medicine and social work, the center is the hub of entrepreneurial activity at Washington University and throughout the region.

Small Business Monthly

Locally owned and established in 1988, SBM provides marketers the opportunity to access closely held, privately owned companies throughout the St. Louis Metro area.


The personalized insider newsletter for all things startup in St. Louis.

Startup Weekend

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

St. Louis Business Journal

Covers business news from a local, regional and national perspective.

Women Entrepreneurs of St. Louis (WEST)

WEST was founded with the simple idea of creating events that pulled the brightest and most accomplished females in St. Louis together. Together to exchange ideas, share resources, and build great friendships

Neighborhood Organizations

Dutchtown South Community Corporation (DSCC)

Since 1973, DSCC works to preserve and promote the neighborhoods and businesses in Dutchtown, Gravois Park, Marine Villa and Mt. Pleasant.

Dutchtown West Neighborhood Association (DWNA)

DWNA exists to improve the overall quality of life, sense of community, and pride in our urban neighborhood located in West Dutchtown in the city of St. Louis, Missouri.

Gravois Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA)

Bounded by Cherokee on the North, Chippewa on the South, Jefferson on the East, and Grand Boulevard on the West the GPNA meets the second Tuesday of the month at St. Matthew Church at 2613 Potomac St.

Marine Villa Neighborhood Associations (MVNA)

Marine Villa is a diverse community with a wonderful mix of homeowners, renters, and businesses. The architecture of our neighborhood is reflective of the rich and diverse heritage found in St. Louis. Several active neighborhood and business organizations are involved in revitalizing and improving our strong community.

Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Association (MPNA)

MPNA promotes neighborhood safety and encourages the maintenance of housing stock.

Cops Care Libraries

Stocked, maintained and cared for by St. Louis Police Officers, theses wooden structures contain complementary, donated books for children of all ages. The six Cops Care Libraries in the Dutchtown neighborhood have themes dedicated to various divisions in the police department.