Business development

Business Development - opportunities for business owners

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC)

Dealing with regulations and red tape can be frustrating. In fact, those obstacles often keep highly qualified suppliers from selling to the government.

The Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC) assist businesses — including small, disadvantaged and women owned firms — in obtaining federal, state and local government contracts.

The MU Extension procurement specialists have years of experience. They will help you in identifying opportunities and understanding the contracting process so you can take advantage of government sales dollars. PTAC counselors will assist with SAM registration, which is free.

The Fundamentals of Selling to the Government -
The First Steps

Are you ready to market yourself to the world’s largest customer?

The federal government awards more than $500 billion dollars in contracts annually to small business owners

Our office offers monthly "How to Sell to the Government" seminars on the following Thursday's listed below.  

2019 seminar dates are:

• May 31


• August 30


• November 29


At: 132 E. Monroe Ave.      

8:30 am to 12:00 noon.

For more information, see flyer here.

Each seminar will last three hours and will focus on the critical first steps to becoming a government contractor, how to identify opportunities and understanding the contracting process. The seminar will also cover MO PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center) services available to assist Missouri businesses in all aspects of government contracting.


Small Business and Technology Development Centers (SBTDC)

Counseling, training and technical assistance in small business management. St. Louis area service centers

Veterans First! Contracting Program


If you are a veteran with a business, do you have veteran certification from the state of Missouri and U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)?

Both give service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) priority for some contracts. The VA also gives priority to some veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) contracts, and has special authority to do so for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. These programs result in a large number of Missouri SDVOSB and VOSB companies receiving federal contracts. Recent federal laws and a sympathetic new VA procurement hierarchy also place the highest priority on SDVOB contracts, followed by VOSB contracts. This procurement authority is a logical extension of VA’s mission, to care for our nation’s veterans. VA refers to this program as the Veterans First Contracting Program. Download Program Information

Contact your local PTAC center for more information. 

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Business development counselors provide confidential, one-on-one consultation. Become our client. New client sign up

Business and careers information is available through MU Extension resources for small businesses.

St. Louis area small business impact

MU Extension's Business Development Program has fostered more than 16,000 jobs in Missouri and helped clients achieve $1 billion in sales, investments and government contracts. Two St. Louis area small businesses, majority-owned by women, are among Missouri businesses succeeding, thanks to MU Extension resources.



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