StartUp Services for Entrepreneurs
A program for job seekers interested in starting a business through extensive training, one-on-one assistance and legal advice
Small business entrepreneurs, and those who want to start their own business, can benefit from a menu of offerings available at SLATE. Entrepreneurs are given the chance to assess the feasibility of their ideas and develop a sound business plan. Participants can also learn to successfully apply for loans and access a vast array of assistance in such areas as marketing, government procurement, international trade, accounting, and cash flow.
The program also provides on-site, one-on-one counseling offered to those struggling to overcome specific start up issues. If the matter involves legal challenges, SLATE offers Legal Clinic sessions that provide expert knowledge on such challenges as entity formation, intellectual property, commercial leases, zoning compliance, employment contacts and bonding among others.
Participation in the program is open to entrepreneurs of all ages, background, education or experience, regardless of the type of business they want to start. The Entrepreneurial Services primarily focus on serving dislocated or laid off workers within the City of St. Louis and the St. Louis County - most of these services are provided to individuals in these categories at no cost.
Review the program's calendar of workshops, seminars and classes. If you have any questions regarding the program, or to register, please call Lynette Oliver at (314) 657-3768.
Services for small business entrepreneurs are provided through a partnership between SLATE, the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC), the Small Business Empowerment Centers (SBEC) and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM). This collaborative effort resulted in the new Entrepreneurs' Business Legal Assistance Program (EBLAP), the legal assistance component.