Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, the Innovation Center provides easy access to many services needed by startup businesses such as business counseling, training and access to U.S. Small Business Administration programs and services.


The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Southeast Missouri State University Innovation Center offers entrepreneurial training, business development services, technical oversight and easy access to services needed by startup entities in southeast Missouri.

The focus of the Center is to eliminate the wide gap in average per capita income in Southeast Missouri as compared with the state as a whole by assisting entrepreneurs in creating new businesses that will grow and produce quality, lasting employment opportunities to boost local economies.

The center offers the LaunchU startup business program throughout the southeast part of Missouri. The classes provide a breadth of information and resources for those starting a company.

Services Provided

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Small Business Policy
  • Women’s Business Issues
  • African-American Business
  • Hispanic Business

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research
  • Forming a Business

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Tax Credits
  • Real Estate Finance

Legal Services

  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources


  • Feasibility Studies
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Market Plan Development and Training

Networking Organizations

  • Small Business/General
  • Geographically Based (Specialty)

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Price History
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses
  • Subcontracting Opportunities

Regulatory Compliance

  • Patent Information


  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Research Projects
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Startup Classes
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling
Contact Information
Jakob Pallesen
1 University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 657-5156