UMKC Innovation Center partners with the university and the community to spark and sustain entrepreneurial efforts within our region and across the country.

KCSourceLink connects KC entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

MOSourceLink connects Missouri entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

Whiteboard2Boardroom connects entrepreneurs and businesses to technologies available for licensing.

Digital Sandbox KC provides early-stage proof-of-concept support for digital products.

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center provides technical assistance to startup and existing businesses.

ScaleUP! Kansas City helps businesses with revenues around $200K scale toward their first $1 million.

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers helps local businesses obtain government contracts.

KCInvestED helps investors learn more about investing in KC startups.

SourceLink® helps communities nationwide build vibrant and vital entrepreneurial ecosystems.
UMKC Innovation Center

Guide: Start a Business  Part Four

Plan Your Business

Starting a business whether you’re launching in Missouri (or anywhere in the world) involves risk … but it should be a calculated risk. And a writing a business plan can help you run the numbers and make informed decisions to help your business succeed. Because if you dive in without checking the waters, your business idea might be doomed to sink from the start.

What is a business plan, and why is it useful?

Getting Money and a Plan

First, money. A business plan is a vital planning tool and operating guide that can help convince leaders and investors, including banks, to take risk and fund your idea. Why? It clarifies your business idea and can be a tool that convinces lenders to lend funds to your venture.

But it can be more than that. It can help you set down your mission, vision, goals and first-round milestones. And even with all that, it doesn’t have to be 50 pages; there are short-form options out there.

Forming Your Strategy

And at the heart, it is a plan after all. Your business plan helps with sales and marketing and can help you guide and manage business growth. Years later, when you’re ready to scale and grow and when you don’t really have time to consult such a plan, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got a solid foundation to build from.

Guiding Your Growth

And a final key point: Your business plan helps guide your market research and gets you thinking about things you might not consider, like your market analysis and financial and operational plans.

Now, you don’t have to write it in one shot. You can chunk out sections to finish in bite-size bits. What it should be is a living, breathing document you can update and tweak as your operation expands or if you pivot.

Making It Real

So what’s bad about a business plan?

Not everything will happen as you planned, so if you never change course or pivot, your plan is likely to fail. Because in business and in life, you have to be prepared to change course if required. And writing a business plan doesn’t guarantee success. But getting your thoughts on paper and seeing where your weak areas might be is worth a lot and will increase your chances of success.

Enter the proof point: Research shows if you’ve got a business plan, you’re far more likely (two and half times more likely, according to Clemson University entrepreneurship professor William B. Gartner) to go into business.

>> All this information making you a little nervous? Just tell us a bit about yourself or give us a ring at 866-870-6500, and we’ll outline your next steps (for free). We can also connect you with sample outlines to help you craft your personal game plan for your business dreams.

What does a sample business plan look like?

So what’s actually in a business plan? Here’s what you might include:

Cover Page

●       Business name

●       Owner name(s)

●       Address

●       Email

●       Phone number

Table of Contents

You might write this last. This single page outlines the major topics in the plan and summarizes what’s inside.

Executive Summary

You also might save this for later once you have the rest of the content written. This is also a single page near the beginning that sums up the important parts of your plan.

These next sections get into the nitty gritty. This is where you’ll address the industry and business, products and services, goals, contingencies, continuity and exit planning. These aspects require some planning (you can call or email us for your Personal Action Plan to line up your resource team) and research, which you can do through a variety of resources (many of them FREE) … like your local library):

1. Strategic Plan

Industry and the Business

This section will include things like business type, industry description, NAICS code, trends, target market, business location, legal entity (LLC, etc.), customer persona

Goals, Contingencies, Continuity and Exit Planning

Here, you’ll focus on business goals, threats, your contingency plan and exit plan.

Products and Services

Now you’ll describe your products and services and packaging as well as the value proposition of your products and services, the need your product or service satisfies, any seasonal demand, the product life cycle and the projected customer experience.

2. Market Analysis and Marketing Plan

Industry Analysis

Now, mention the competitive landscape, key industry metrics (gross margins, sales per employee, etc.), drivers of demand for your product or service, industry trends should you consider, consumer demands, products/services, technology and competitors.

'SWOT' Analysis

What internal and external factors are influenced by your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats?

Four Forces

Next list the obstacles to entering the industry, the intensity of your competition, key competitors’ strengths, the alternatives to what you offer and the bargaining strength of customers and suppliers.

Marketing Plan

Your features, packaging or other differentiators for your product/service, pricing strategies, discounts, bundles, selling and purchasing locations, advertising, social media and content marketing.

3. Operational Plan

Operations Activities

Now, highlight the day-to-day operations, delivery method of products/services, inventory management, key suppliers, operating hours, equipment and software needed and quality control.


Then, outline the legal structure of the business (LLC, etc.), ownership structure, legal resources you’ll need, what you’ll need for risk management and insurance, compliance and regulatory requirements, zoning and codes, intellectual property (trademarks, patents, proprietary methods, etc.) and the major contracts you must sign and how will those affect your business.

Money Management

Then, there are concerns, like customer payments or billing and the terms of payment.

Management, Labor and Organization

Here, mention your skills and experience, the managers and key personnel, how many employees you'll hire, how many full-time and part-time workers you’ll employ, job titles and descriptions and how you’ll train new employees.

4. Financial Plan

Have you calculated your financial projections? If you’re not sure, find a class or workshop on the MOSourceLink calendar.

5. Appendix

This is where your supporting documents live. Those include leases, major contracts, letters of intent, equipment lists, construction quotes and other items you’ll want to include as supporting evidence.

Who can help me with all of this?

Many business-building organizations in Missouri can help you craft your own plan. Start with this list or pop over to The Resource Navigator to filter this list by your location, industry and more.

And of course, you can always call us at 866-870-6500 or tell us a bit about what you need, and we’ll craft your very own (totally doable) Personal Action Plan plan that’ll show you exactly whom in Missouri you can contact to move your business or nonprofit forward. All of our services are free.


Ameren Accelerator - UMSL Accelerate

The Ameren Accelerator is an innovative partnership with the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators designed to invest, mentor, and accelerate the growth of next-generation energy technologies.

Atchison County Development Corporation

From developing local grant programs for Atchison County businesses, to creating career exploration opportunities for youth, to promoting all that Atchison County has to offer, ACDC celebrates all the ways #ACisAwesome!

Better Business Bureau, Kansas City

BBB of Greater Kansas City's mission to promote trust in the marketplace has made us a business leader since 1916. BBB sets standards for marketplace trust, celebrates business role models, calls out substandard marketplace behavior, and creates a community of trustworthy businesses and charities.


BioGenerator supports individuals considering or seeking funding for plant or bioscience companies in the St. Louis metro region. We provide business and technical advice and support, early-stage capital, and access to shared lab space & equipment.

Bloch Venture Hub

3 Levels with 3 purposes - an ideation lab to help entrepreneurs refine, and plan startups; an incubator to launch and aid new ventures with mentoring, education, and other critical resources; and an accelerator to scale and grow young businesses.

Brookfield Area Growth Partnership

The Brookfield Area Growth Partnership is dedicated to creating and supporting local and regional cross-sector collaboration, focusing time and resources on business and workforce development, youth and education, entrepreneurship, leadership and philanthropy.

Callaway Chamber of Commerce

At the Callaway Chamber of Commerce, it is important to us to see businesses in this county grow and prosper.

Cameron Development Department

The Cameron Economic Development Department provides business assistance, incentives, facilitation, referrals and assistance with retention and expansion for existing companies and aspiring business owners in the area.

Capital Innovators

Capital Innovators provides innovation consulting, entrepreneurial-based programs, and acts as a liaison between corporations and startups. It manages venture funds focused on technology, consumer products, and energy technology and sources the most cutting-edge startups from around the globe for investment and assists in scaling its companies to success. Capital Innovators has also created a world-class Accelerator program that has been ranked as one of the top Accelerators for the last 5 years. Capital Innovators has invested in over 120 companies, which have gone on to raise over $330MM in follow-on funding and have created over 1,100 jobs.

Center for Emerging Technologies (CET)

The Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) provides specialized facilities and business, technology and financing services to early-stage medical (diagnostics, therapies, instrument and devices) and other advanced technology companies.

Center for Entrepreneurship - Craig School of Business at MWSU

The Center for Entrepreneurship exists to train, mentor and support entrepreneurs. Our staff will provide one-on-one business coaching and connect clients to needed programs and resources.

Central Exchange

Central Exchange is a preeminent membership organization in the Kansas City area which provides the venue and voice for women seeking to reach their full personal and professional potential.

Child Care Aware® of Missouri

Child Care Aware® of Missouri assists families and child care professionals statewide so that Missouri children have access to quality, affordable child care.

City of Albany

The City of Albany is committed to providing support and opportunity to entrepreneurs and business start-ups as well as established business expansion and retention services.

City of Brookfield

The City of Brookfield offers business planning services including licensing and permits in Brookfield, MO.

Determination, Incorporated

Determination, Incorporated is a Kansas City- based nonprofit creating a pathway to opportunity for formerly incarcerated people through entrepreneurship.

Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), the Innovation Center provides easy access to many services needed by start-up businesses such as business counseling, training, and access to US SBA programs and services.

ED Collabitat - University of Missouri-St. Louis

ED Collabitat is a state-of-the art education design center. We are reinventing professional learning (continuing education) experiences for practicing educators at all levels and in all settings. Our programs are built on the notion of professional creativity and intentional collaboration among individuals from diverse disciplines.

EdHub Fellowship by EdHub STL

The Education Hub (EdHub STL) is a dedicated physical space where educators work creatively to solve our region’s most entrenched educational issues. Through programs, events and scholarship, we facilitate convenings and connections that lead to the collaborative work of dismantling education inequity.


The efactory is an entrepreneurship center designed to assist startup and growth in new small businesses and continuing education and training in mature organizations.


EnCorps45, an education and entrepreneur development organization, serves professionals 45 and older, and enterprises looking to work with Boomers through networking, training and online resources.

Entrepreneur Quest - Missouri University of Science & Technology

Entrepreneur Quest is a UM System-wide program designed to accelerate student ventures.

Entrepreneur Quest - University of Missouri-Columbia

Entrepreneur Quest is a UM System-wide program designed to accelerate student ventures.

Entrepreneur Quest - University of Missouri-Kansas City

Entrepreneur Quest is a UM System-wide program designed to accelerate student ventures.

Entrepreneur Quest - University of Missouri-St. Louis

Entrepreneur Quest is a UM System-wide program designed to accelerate student ventures.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV)

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans is a multi-phase program for post-9/11 veterans and a passion for launching new businesses. The results-based program is led by experts in the areas of disability employment and self-employment who present a tailored curriculum that reflects the unique needs, challenges and opportunities confronting veterans.


The world's leading provider of high-quality learning curricula and networks specific to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development

The Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development is a Professional Development Institute creating a high quality adult workforce for the care and education of children and youth from birth to 21 years of age.


GatewayVMS promotes entrepreneurship education and leadership through team mentoring of new ventures at no cost by experienced serial entrepreneurs and business persons within the metro St. Louis area.

Grace Hill Women's Business Center

Business development program with a focus on training and counseling for entrepreneurs to start and expand their business.

Grain Valley Partnership

The Grain Valley Partnership is a united, more powerful effort of our Economic Development Corporation and our Chamber of Commerce to stimulate the growth and vitality of our existing Grain Valley businesses, as well as to foster the creation and attraction of new business to the City of Grain Valley, Missouri.

Green Hills Regional Planning Commission

The Green Hills Regional Planning Commission is a regional organization providing economic development services in an 11-county area in North Central Missouri.


We help entrepreneurs at all stages of their businesses from startup to succession in mid-Missouri (from Glasgow to Hannibal and from Brookfield to Louisiana).


GUILDit is where art and business fuse. Our monthly forums and events help sole entrepreneurs grow their business. Be a part of an audience that learns from, helps and is inspired.

Habitat for Neighborhood Business

Habitat for Neighborhood Business (HNB) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focusing particularly on helping minority entrepreneurs realize their dream to own and operate a business in economically challenged neighborhoods. HNB strives to restore urban neighborhoods with new and additional business activity, job growth, and business role models.

Helix Center Biotech Incubator

Helix Center Biotech Incubator located near the Danforth Plant Science Center offers 33,000-square-feet of office incubator space, wet and dry labs for early-stage plant and life sciences and bio technology companies.

Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce

Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce supports businesses that support the greater Hermann community.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - St. Louis strengthens Hispanic enterprise and small and minority business integration to promote a sustainable socioeconomic development and a better quality of life in the St. Louis region.

Hispanic Economic Development Corporation

The Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is dedicated to improving the lives of Latinos within the greater Kansas City. HEDC achieves this through business development and economic and community wealth creation initiatives.

Indo American Chamber of Commerce

The Indo American Chamber of Commerce promotes business interests of the Indian community in Kansas Missouri area.

Innovation Stockyard

The Innovation Stockyard operates the Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator on the campus of Missouri Western State University with a focus on economic and workforce development, and animal health and nutrition.

International Institute of St. Louis - Small Business

Provides a wide variety of services to linguistically and culturally disadvantaged business owners; including business loans for immigrants and refugees, a Credit builder Loan, among other services.


Catalyst for Tech Innovation since 2008. ITEN provides programs for the rapid development of scalable tech innovation, engaging experienced entrepreneurs to help others build successful, growing companies.

Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce

The Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce is a resource for start-up and existing businesses of all sizes. Discover the benefits Jefferson City has to offer and learn how your business is our focus.

Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC)

Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC) provides confidential one-on-one business assistance, microloan funds, financing options and incentives, for new and existing businesses - small to large - for all Johnson County, Missouri.

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation operates two small business development centers. The Joseph Newman Innovation Center and the Advanced Training and Tech Center offer co-working space and dedicated office space and business resources for regional start-ups.

Joseph Newman Business and Technology Innovation Center

The Joseph Newman Innovation Center helps start business in technology other fields and supports existing business. NIC has modern office, light manufacturing and wet lab spaces available.

Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission

Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission is a quasi-governmental agency serving as the liaison between local government and State and Federal Agencies. Our organization serves the 7 counties of: Bates, Benton, Cedar, Henry, Hickory, St. Clair and Vernon, as well as the communities within those counties. We connect communities to opportunities through community and economic development.

Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments

Serving Camden, Laclede, Miller and Morgan counties, working together to help provide the necessary resources to help build strong communities within our region.

Marceline Area Chamber of Commerce

The Marceline Area Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer organization serving the greater Marceline area. As we have for over 60 years, the Chamber works to preserve and advance the business, economic and civic interests of the Marceline area. Working with community based organizations and the city government we support business and tourism activities with a goal of making Marceline a quality community in which to live and work.

Marceline IDA

The Marceline IDA works with start-ups and existing industries wanting to expand. We also have a working plan to assist existing businesses as requested.

Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC)

Mid-America TAAC assists domestic manufacturers negatively impacted by import competition by providing cost share grant funding to implement improvement projects to make a business more globally competitive.

Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA)

The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority helps new and expanding agricultural producers finance their operations and add value to their products.

Missouri Association of Manufacturers

The Missouri Association of Manufacturers (MAM) is the only organization dedicated solely to representing the interests of manufacturers in Missouri, and its primary purpose is to promote, preserve and advance manufacturing. Founded in 1993, MAM has matured into an influential association advocating for the vital interests of all segments of manufacturing.

Missouri Enterprise - Kansas City and Northwest Missouri

Missouri Enterprise is an organization of entrepreneurial manufacturing and business professionals, operating in 7 locations throughout Missouri, dedicated to helping primarily small and medium size businesses (primarily but not exclusively manufacturers) succeed.

Missouri Enterprise - Rolla

At Missouri Enterprise, we have our fingers on the pulse when it comes to cutting-edge knowledge in manufacturing. Our certified experts provide a variety of solutions to help your company compete, including workforce development strategies, technology, lean principles, exporting, quality (ISO), food safety and more. As the Show-Me State’s dedicated manufacturing expert, Missouri Enterprise is your partner to strengthen and grow your manufacturing company. Missouri Enterprise has experts located throughout Missouri, dedicated to helping primarily small and medium size manufacturers succeed.

Missouri Enterprise - Southeast Missouri

Missouri Enterprise manages the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program in Missouri and provides business and technical services to help small and medium size business (primarily but not exclusively manufacturers) succeed.

Missouri Enterprise - Southwest Missouri and Metropolitan Springfield

Missouri Enterprise manages the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)program in Missouri and provides business and technical services to help small and medium size business (primarily but not exclusively manufacturers) succeed.

Missouri Enterprise - St. Louis

Missouri Enterprise manages the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)program in Missouri and provides business and technical services to help small and medium size business (primarily but not exclusively manufacturers) succeed.

Missouri Innovation Center

Missouri Innovation Center supports the creation of new, high-growth ventures, particularly those with a technology component. This is accomplished by leveraging research and innovation by and with the University of Missouri for the benefit of the region and the State.

Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center

The Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center facilitates innovation-based economic growth in Northeast Missouri. MREIC provides support to entrepreneurs through one-on-one assistance and links to important resources.

Missouri S&T Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (TTED)

The Missouri S&T Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (TTED) provides support to S&T faculty, students and researchers to provide IP protection, identify licensees and commercialize university inventions, assisting them to convert their innovative ideas into products, technologies, and services that can benefit society.

Missouri S&T, Student Design and Experiential Learning Center

Support and Resource Center for 20 student led competitive design teams.

Missouri SBDC - Kirksville

Missouri Small Business Development Center (MO SBDC) business specialists are uniquely qualified to help small businesses get started, develop and thrive.

Missouri SBDC at Northwest Missouri State University - St. Joseph Center

The SBDC offers confidential, one-on-one consulting to existing & emerging businesses as part of their agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Missouri SBDC at Lincoln University

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri SBDC at Missouri Southern State University

Missouri Small Business Development Center (MO SBDC) business specialists are uniquely qualified to help small businesses get started, develop and thrive.

Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University - West Plains

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri SBDC at Missouri University of Science and Technology

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri SBDC at Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation

Missouri Small Business Development Center (MO SBDC) business specialists are uniquely qualified to help small businesses get started, develop and thrive.

Missouri SBDC at Southeast Missouri State University

Missouri Small Business Development Center (MO SBDC) business specialists are uniquely qualified to help small businesses get started, develop and thrive.

Missouri SBDC at State Fair Community College

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri SBDC at University of Missouri Columbia

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri SBDC at University of Missouri Kansas City

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success. The Small Business Development Center at UMKC offers one-on-one counseling and training through our ELEVATIONLAB™ track programs to business owners and emerging business owners.

Missouri SBDC in St. Louis

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri Women's Business Center

The Missouri Women’s Business Center (MoWBC) provides resources, support and networks for women seeking to start or grow their own businesses. We specialize in free one-on-one counseling and training for local entrepreneurs.


Our programs and venture capital arm invests in early stage founders to create, grow and scale companies that are tackling the worlds most urgent problems.

Nodaway County Economic Development

Nodaway County Economic Development provides services to the businesses and communities of Nodaway County. NCED manages two low interest / no interest revolving loan funds to assist startup businesses with equipment and building improvements.

North Central Missouri Business Facilitation

To facilitate entrepreneurial development in the north central Missouri counties of Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Grundy, and Harrison.

North Central Missouri Development Alliance

To foster economic growth and development for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in the North Central Missouri region.

Northland CAPS

Northland CAPS students use business standard software, equipment and employer mentorship to solve real world problems for entrepreneurs and business owners.

Northwest Missouri State University Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurism

Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation on the Northwest Missouri State University campus provides innovative start up businesses identify resources and support networks.

NSF/S&T I-Corps Site Program

The I-Corps Site experience is a crash course for researchers, students (all levels), alumni and non-academics to encourage technical entrepreneurship by testing research, projects and ideas for their commercial potential.

Operation Hope Small Business Development

Operation HOPE is a for-purpose organization working to disrupt poverty and empower inclusion for low and moderate-income youth and adults. Our Small Business Development Program is a core focus of HOPE Inside Adult Empowerment programming. The intensive course, anchored by entrepreneurship training, allows participants to master business basics and gain access to funding to support a strong launch and the ongoing growth of their businesses.

OPO Startups

OPO Startups is a place where startups, freelancers, remote workers, & small businesses can have meetings, work & collaborate.

Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI)

The Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) helps local entrepreneurs gain business skills, build relationships, get funded and grow successful businesses while providing a community of support for small business owners in the Ozarks.

Park Hills Community Development

Park Hills Community Development guides businesses and new entrepreneurs to sustainable success in the local market. We cover all aspects of development from the smallest building project up to multi million dollar projects

Platte City Area Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Council

The Platte City Area Chamber of Commerce/EDC provides networking opportunities, entrepreneurial support and business retention and expansion services for the Platte City, MO Area.

Saint Louis Science Center - Youth Exploring Science Entrepreneurship Component

YES prepares high school students in the St. Louis area for careers in STEAM fields by nourishing their desire to ask questions and helping them learn how to seek answers through science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. ?The program currently has seven components or focus areas, including Entrepreneurship. ?The YES Entrepreneurship Component (YEC) teens work in project-based learning communities to create products, businesses, and to educate and empower others to do the same.

Salem Area Chamber Of Commerce

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer driven organization that improves and promotes an atmosphere that enables the community to grow and prosper. The Chamber also works to provide members with networking, promotional and informational opportunities. The Chamber actively advertises and promotes Salem/Dent County as a tourism destination. The many outdoor recreational activities, beautiful scenery and family-friendly hospitality invites visitors to discover why there is more to do here. Naturally!

SCORE - Kansas City

The Kansas City SCORE Chapter is comprised of more than 70 volunteers who provide free mentoring and workshops to entrepreneurs. Volunteers are professionals with time-tested knowledge and experience in almost every industry.

SCORE - Lake Ozark

The Service Corps of Retired Executives are volunteer counselors who help new, existing and expanding businesses solve their business problems.

SCORE - Southwest Missouri

SCORE is made up of business mentors who volunteer time and expertise to help starting and existing businesses solve their business problems.

SCORE - St. Louis Bi-State Region

SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship

We aim to inspire and develop Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis.

Southeast Economic Development Fund, Inc.

We have loans! If you are a startup, financing can be hard to come by. SEED$ is here to help those that may have no other options to finance their business. We also offer business development services.

Southern Boone Economic Development Council

Southern Boone Economic Development Council's mission statement is To unite individuals, businesses, educational partners, civic organizations and government leaders in collaborative efforts to improve the quality of life for area residents by encouraging a stronger economic base in the greater Ashland area. Ashland is one of the fastest growing communities in Missouri. We would love to show you Ashland and Southern Boone County.

St. Charles County Economic Development Council

To serve businesses of all sizes, the EDC offers business financing programs, business counseling, tenant space at its nationally-recognized incubator facility, monthly business training seminars and recruitment/retention services.

St. Louis Agency on Training & Employment (SLATE)

St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) Missouri Career Center is here to help you with small business resources OR employment training needs, whether you are a business or job seeker.

St. Louis Community College

For more than 40 years, St. Louis Community College has been the premier provider of education and workforce training for the citizens and businesses of the St. Louis area.

St. Louis County Library

The St. Louis County Library provides free resources to help start and grow your business. Book a Librarian for one-on-one time at the Headquarters branch to find information for business plans, choose a store site, create marketing lists, find demographics, and more.

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership seeks to facilitate the development of long-term, diversified business and employment opportunities in St. Louis City and County and the St. Louis region.

St. Louis Minority Business Council

The St. Louis Minority Business Council (SLMBC), provides access to business opportunities; certifies minority enterprises (MBEs); assists in MBE growth; and matches MBEs with corporate opportunities.

St. Louis Regional Chamber

To unite the region's business community and to engage dynamic business and civic leadership to develop and sustain a world-class economy and community.

Stadia Ventures

Stadia Ventures is the global Sports Innovation Hub for entrepreneurs, industry partners and investors.

Technology Development Center at Innovation Park

The Technology Development Center at MS&T provides office suites and shared office space for technology oriented tenants. The incubator also offers business building support.

The BALSA Foundation

The BALSA Foundation’s mission is to promote social equity and prosperity in the St. Louis region by empowering first-time entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. We fulfill this mission by (1) maintaining an online, step-by-step guide to starting a business, (2) providing free feedback from experts to anyone with a business idea, (3) providing cash grants, mentorship, and donations of professional services to first time entrepreneurs who need and will benefit from them the most. Our vision is a St. Louis community that embraces first time entrepreneurship as a gateway to social change.

The Biotechnology and Life Science Advising (BALSA) Group

The BALSA Group provides high-quality, affordable consulting services for university tech transfer, local start-ups, business accelerators, and multinational corporations.

The LearningForce

The LearningForce offers a diverse schedule of noncredit continuing education courses for personal enrichment, professional development and workforce training solutions for business, industry and the individual.


A collaborative effort between several economic development agencies based in St. Louis, Missouri, T-REX is a nonprofit technology incubator, co-working space and innovation conference center, designed to attract talent, create jobs and build density in downtown St. Louis.

UMSL Accelerate - University of Missouri-St. Louis

UMSL Accelerate is the innovation and entrepreneurial resource for students, faculty and the community. Our vision is to serve as a catalyst for developing our students, faculty and community to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation. Our mission is to foster a community of thought leaders by providing a vibrant ecosystem to Educate (curriculum), Innovate (co-curriculum), and Collaborate (community programming).

University of Missouri Extension of Miller County

Extension programs include Agriculture and Environment, Youth and Family, Health and Safety and Business and Community. Our Ag Business Specialist and 4H specialists are available to answer questions from 8-4 Monday through Thursday.

University of Missouri-Columbia - College of Business - Allen Angel Capital Education Program

AACE invests real dollars in startup businesses. No affiliation with the University is needed. Our average investment is $50,000

University of Missouri-Kansas City - Vision Research Center

The Vision Research Center at UMKC (VRC) is the Department of Ophthalmology’s research arm, offering comprehensive research opportunities—including basic research, translational research, and clinical trials– to residents and fellows. At the VRC, we maintain a strong tradition of being the first in the development of new clinical therapies and new tools that aid clinicians in treating patients who suffer from eye conditions. The Department has served as a host site for numerous sponsored clinical trials since its early days. It was the first in the world to successfully perform excimer laser surgery with a commercial instrument. Founded in 2007 with the establishment of the Felix and Carmen Sabates Missouri Endowed Chair in Vision Research, the VRC’s Basic and Translational Research Programs are at the cutting edge of vision research, attracting the brightest minds in the field to test new ideas and concepts using state-of-the-art equipment to develop cures for diseases that affect the retina, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. The effects of these blinding diseases will continue to impact a significantly greater number of people. With an aging Baby Boomer population, and the prevalence of eye-related disorders due to age, diabetes, and other conditions, the work of the VRC is paramount. Our research is vigorous. Not only do we test new ideas and concepts in our basic research, we also take knowledge and treatments already available and improve them through translational research. In this way, our research goes from bench to bedside in the form of therapies and techniques to improve patients’ lives. Our current research efforts for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma will allow us to advance the research further in the hope of developing cures.

University of Missouri-Kansas City--Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation is a projects-based course in which interdisciplinary teams of Law, MBA, Engineering and sometimes other students collaborate on the development of a business plan for a startup venture. The innovation the student teams work with are brought to the course by Project Providers who "pitch" their innovations to the students and faculty.

University of Missouri–St. Louis - Technology Commercialization & Economic Development

The UMSL Technology Transfer Office helps faculty, staff and students commercialize their research discoveries and creative works through licensing to established companies or new ventures and guiding UMSL entrepreneurs in creating new ventures.

Urban Empowerment Development Corporation

uEDC Mission: uEDC is a community development corporation dedicated to empowering people to impact their community.

USDA - Rural Development

Financial assistance through a variety of loan and grant programs.

Venture School

Venture School is a 12-week class in St. Louis helping aspiring founders move from the idea stage to launching a real company. Venture School is a select program for aspiring entrepreneurs with a strong software or technology idea they are ready to pursue.

Veterans Business Resource Center

Free assistance to honorably discharged veterans, transitioning military and military families with preparations to self-employment or business expansion.

Veterans Business Resource Center, KC Satellite

Free assistance to honorably discharged veterans and existing military with preparations to self-employment or business expansion.


The Whiteboard to Boardroom project seeks to commercialize technology through a partnership of education, nonprofit and private sector organizations.

WomanSpace Rolla

The mission of WomanSpace Rolla is to provide a safe space for girls and women in the community to meet, learn, and grow, with a focus on arts, education and business.

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