The Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) help businesses in every stage. From concept to startup, growth to renewal, mature to succession. Business specialists are here to help you succeed at every stage in your business' lifecycle.

Missouri SBDC experts are conveniently located all across the state providing assistance and hosting events on a variety of business topics.

Business specialists use their expertise to help Missouri businesses with critical business development issues. Guidance addressing topics such as management, marketing and strategic planning is available for new and existing businesses. All one-on-one counseling is confidential.

Innovation and technology assistance

The Missouri SBDC program encourages and enhances technology R&D, technology transfer and technology deployment. Our technology specialists can help you assess the commercial viability of your intellectual property whether it originated from a business, university or federal lab. We can assist with manufacturing technology and processes, patents and trademarks as well as presentations to investors. The Missouri SBDC has held the technology commercialization accreditation since 2005.

Export assistance

The Missouri SBDC offers specially trained export specialists that can help your company grow revenues and create jobs by expanding into global markets. Through counseling and training the SBDC can assess your readiness to export, create an export plan, learn about export compliance and documentation, identify potential export markets and foreign trade partners and more.

SBDCs are a unique collaboration of SBA federal funds, state and local governments, and private sector resources. SBDCs provide a vast array of technical help to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. By supporting business growth, sustainability and enhancing the creation of new businesses entities, SBDCs foster local and regional economic development through job creation and retention. As a result of the extensive, one-to-one, long-term professional business advising, low-cost training and other specialized services SBDC clients receive, the program remains one of the nation's largest small business assistance programs in the federal government.

The Missouri SBDC is a program of University of Missouri Extension along with the Missouri APEX Accelerator and the Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center.

Network hosts

University of Missouri Missouri University of Science and Technology Lincoln University State Fair Community College University of Missouri - Kansas City Missouri State University City of Kirksville Southeast Missouri State University Northwest Missouri State University ST. Louis Economic Development Partnership Missouri Southern State University Missouri State University - West Plains Economic Development Center of St. Charles County Hannibal Regional Economic Development Council St. Louis Small Business Empowerment Center