Business development

Small Business and Technology Development Centers (SBTDC)

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

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC)

Training and assistance to business owners in obtaining federal, state and local government contracts.

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 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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