SLATE To Provide Entrepreneurial Assistance Through Partnership with SBEC and SLDC

Entrepreneurs of all ages, backgrounds, education and experience can receive on-site, one-on-one technical training, at no cost for laid off workers.

April 11, 2014 | 2 min reading time

This article is 8 years old. It was published on April 11, 2014.


Recently, the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) entered into a new partnership with Small Business Empowerment Centers (SBEC) and the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) to help provide technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. The program will primarily serve dislocated or laid off workers within the City of St. Louis.

Through this collaborative effort, SLATE customers interested in becoming entrepreneurs can receive extensive on-site, one-on-one training and counseling to help assess the feasibility of their ideas and develop a sound business plan. They can also learn to successfully apply for loans, access a vast array of assistance in such areas as marketing, government procurement, international trade, accounting, and cash flow. Most of these services are provided at no cost.

Small Business Empowerment Centers (SBEC) has long supported local and regional economic development, small business growth, sustainability, and the creation of new businesses. Backed by a unique collaboration between Small Business Administration (SBA) federal funds, state and local governments, and private sector resources, the SBEC remains one of the nation's largest small business assistance programs. The SBEC will work closely with SLATE and SLDC to more efficiently promote economic growth, fundraising and entrepreneurship throughout the City of St. Louis.

For more information please contact Stacey Fowler, Special Projects Manager, at


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