Business Licenses, Business Assistance Center, Venture Capital Resources
Services and Information
Begin New Venture Center
Begin New Venture Center offers business assistance to start-ups, early-stage companies, and non-profit organizations.
Business Associations and Community Partners
Links to Business Associations serving the City of St. Louis.
Business Consortium Fund
The Business Consortium Fund provides contract financing to certified minority businesses through a network of local participating banks and National Minority Supplier Development Council affiliates.
Business License Information
Describes procedure for obtaining a business license with the City of St. Louis, exemptions or special requirements.
Business Site Selection
Site Selection assists businesses in selecting office and industrial buildings and vacant land sites within the City of St. Louis.
Center for Emerging Technology
The Center for Emerging Technologies serves the St. Louis Metropolitan Region and the State of Missouri by working to develop the infrastructure necessary to support technology-driven economic development.
Community Partners in Business Development
Commercial District Managers work with many organizations to facilitate business development in St. Louis.
Enhanced Enterprise Zone
Both the City and State offer tax incentives to businesses investing within certain areas of the City called the Enhanced Enterprise Zone.
Grace Hill Women's Business Center
Grace Hill Women's Business Center provides direct services to minority and women entrepreneurs.
Justine Petersen Housing and Reinvestment Corporation
Find a description of programs, services and contact information for Justine Petersen Housing and Reinvestment Corporation.
LDC Commercial Loan
The St. Louis Local Development Co. (LDC) has the ability to provide direct, low interest, subordinated loans for working capital, equipment purchase, land and building acquisition, and construction or leasehold improvements.
Missouri Linked Deposit Program
Missouri Linked Deposit Program is a state administered program that invests in approved banks that ultimately result in reduced interest passed on to Missouri small businesses.
Missouri Quality Jobs
Missouri Department of Economic Development has replaced this program with the Missouri Works Program.
Missouri Small Business Development Center
Missouri Small Business Development Center delivers up-to-date counseling, training and technical assistance in all aspects of small business management.
Missouri Works Program
Missouri Department of Economic Development-administered tax incentive program designed to facilitate the creation of quality jobs. Some business types are excluded.
Neighborhood Business Development Staff
Staff Directory for Neighborhood Business Development
Neighborhood Commercial District Improvement Program (NCDI)
The NCDI program works to stabilize and revitalize commercial business districts and assists small businesses that serves these neighborhoods.
Real Estate Tax Abatement
Tax abatement for real estate development in the City of St. Louis.
Rebuilding Communities Tax Act provided State tax incentives for eligible businesses which relocate or invest in a designated 'Rebuilding Community.' This program has been replaced with Missouri Works.
Rent a Stand at Soulard Market
Learn how to apply for and the procedure for renting a stand at Soulard Market.
Resources for Missouri, Inc.
Resources for Missouri, Inc. is an intermediary lender for the SBA's Micro Loan Program available to entrepreneurs operating existing or start-up businesses that have not been able to obtain traditional financing.
SBA 504 Loan Program
SBA 504 loans are geared toward healthy, expanding for-profit businesses seeking long term, low down-payment financing for major fixed assets. It cannot be used for working capital or inventory.
SBA 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program
SBA 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program enables lenders to provide financing to small businesses when funding is otherwise unavailable on reasonable terms.
Small Loan Advantage Initiative
SBA's Small Loan Advantage Initiative (SLA) lending is available to entrepreneurs that meet the normal requirements for an SBA business loan guaranty and have an average, or better, credit score and financing needs of $350,000, or less.
St. Louis Business Development Fund
The St. Louis Business Development Fund is a risk lending pool for projects considered too risky for conventional financing. There is no company size or industry limit.
Urban Enterprise Loan
Brief description and contact information for Urban Enterprise Loan
Vendor Survey 2017 & Survey Results
Initial baseline Vendor Survey 2017 and the Survey Results
Departments and Agencies
Business Assistance Center
BAC facilitates the licensing and permitting of businesses in the City of St. Louis and acts as the ombudsman for the City business community.
Missouri Business Portal
Provides assistance with starting a business, growing a business, incentives, financing, and workforce training.
St. Louis Small Business Monthly
St. Louis Small Business Monthly is a monthly publication for small business owners
U.S. Small Business Administration St. Louis Office
The U.S. Small Business Administration provides loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.
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