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

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.

About

COVID-19 support:

Book a Librarian is available for one-on-one online appointments or by email to teach you how to use the library's electronic resources for growing your business, discovering sources for research projects, and performing job searches. We are not currently offering in-person meetings.

The library is currently offering reference assistance at reference@slcl.org or on the chat on the website. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the library's physical location is closed until further notice.

 

When St. Louis businesses prosper, the local economy becomes stronger and the next generation has more opportunities for success.  St. Louis County Library supports local businesses through engaging programming, reputable resources and friendly service.  Entrepreneurs and small business owners need data that is fast, accurate and relevant to their needs.  Get your business off to a great start—or grow your existing business—with help from the St. Louis County Library.  We provide a variety of resources that will help you:

  • gather accurate demographic data for business plans and marketing

  • find potential sources of funding

  • evaluate potential business locations for traffic flow, local competitors, and market size

  • create lists of potential customers (both companies and individuals)

  • take eCourses through Gale Courses, Lynda.com, and Creativebug on topics including social media marketing, business management, writing  grants, bookkeeping, and more.

We are open for your business.  You can schedule an appointment with a librarian at our Headquarters location for a one-on-one session where you will learn how to use our business databases.  We can also come to your incubator, co-working center, business, or organization to train you and your staff.  Call us at 314-994-3300, or email us at reference@slcl.org to discover how library resources can help your company reach new heights. Book a Librarian! 

Services

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Market Research

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Site Location Assistance

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Technology Grants

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Marketing/Sales

  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research

Nonprofit Development

  • Funds Development
  • Strategic Planning

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Women's Business Issues

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Site Location
  • Startup Classes

Training

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactReference Department
Address1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63131
Phone(314) 994-3300
Fax(314) 997-7602