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

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - St. Louis District Office

Federal Contract Set-Asides for small businesses, loans to small businesses, counseling through resource partners


The SBA assists small businesses in meeting their financing needs by enhancing the ability of lenders to provide loans.

We do this by offering a variety of services (access to capital, education, training, technical advice, and opportunities for government contracting) using experts in our offices and through partnerships with both public and private organizations.

The St. Louis District Office is located in downtown St. Louis and serves 54 counties in the eastern half of Missouri . The knowledgeable staff is dedicated to serving the needs of the small business community and is available to assist with any questions or concerns.

Services Available

Over the years, the SBA has developed many small business loan and assistance programs, special outreach efforts and initiatives to aid and inform small businesses. The following describes briefly all the services and information available through this office:

  • Financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders.

  • Assistance to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals through the Minority Enterprise Development Program.

  • Women's Business Ownership Representatives are available to advise women business owners.

  • Special loan programs are available for businesses involved in international trade.

  • If you're a veteran, you can get business counseling and information about SBA guaranteed loans.

For more information on all of our programs and services, please visit our website at


Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding

Networking Organizations

  • International Trade
  • Small Business/General

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Small Business Policy

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Government and Military Specifications
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Price History
  • Registration Assistance
  • Subcontracting Opportunities
Primary ContactMaureen Brinkley
Address1222 Spruce Street
Suite 10.103
Saint Louis, MO 63102
Phone(314) 539-6609
Fax(314) 539-3785