Fund Your Business

It costs money to start a business. Funding your business is one of the first — and most important — financial choices most business owners make. How you choose to fund your business could affect how you structure and run your business. (SBA)

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program

The federal government’s goal is to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to women-owned small businesses each year. (SBA)

Small Disadvantaged Business

Register to contract with the government as a Small Disadvantaged Business. (SBA)

How to Register Your Business in MO & IL

This information is intended to help individuals navigate the Missouri and Illinois Secretary of State’s online business filing system.

Become SBA Certified-Is your business SBA certified?

Government agencies reserve contracts for small businesses that are certified in the SBA’s contracting programs. (SBA)

Online Resources

U.S Small Business Administration – SBA’s online learning programs are designed to empower and educate small business owners every step of the way.

Business Checklist – Check the box next to the items you already have

MO Small Business Start-up Guide This Guide is intended to give you a general understanding of the various types of entities which you could form for your business,

FDIC’S Money Smart Program The FDIC’s Money Smart financial education program can help people of all ages enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships. 

Small Business Grants

The Pollination Project Grant This is a microgrant awarding program.

Black Founder Startup Grant Apply Now!

National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) Growth Grants – Apply Now!

IFundWomen COVID-19 Relief Fund – Apply Now!

Stacy’s Rise Project, grant deadline July 9, 2021! – Apply Now!

Amber Grant Foundation, grant deadline June 30, 2021 – Apply Now!

Additional Funding Resources

Funding options for minority-owned businesses, including multiple grants, funding sources and low-cost loans that are intended to help minority-owned businesses grow.

Funding options for women-owned businesses, including ten programs, agencies and organizations that are helping women entrepreneurs be better represented in the ranks of American business owners.

Upcoming Workshops

Mastering Leadership Skills (Powered by: U.S Chamber of Commerce) June 17th 12 pm- 1pm (EST) FREE to attend.