As you consider starting or growing your business, you want to be sure you’ve got all of the information available to make your best decisions. The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) offers business resources and assistances to individuals seeking information on loans and other types of funding offered by the state of Missouri. Please remember to regularly check OEO’s website to receive up-to-date business resources and assistance that may be beneficial to the overall growth of your business. As soon as we receive information, it is posted here on our website. Clicking the various links below will introduce you to specific business resources that could be beneficial to your business. This will help you gain an understanding of the various types of opportunities offered within the state of Missouri:

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Financial Resources

The State of Missouri wants to help develop businesses in every way possible. Unfortunately, funding for grants and loans are very limited. Discovering the correct financial resources can be beneficial to the overall success of your business. These links will allow you to obtain the help needed in order to maintain your business. With a little bit of ingenuity and the resources listed here, you’ll be able to get the help you need to make your business thrive.

State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI)

View Missouri’s planned use of the SSBCI funds. This plan will help create new jobs and spur more than $269 million in additional small-businesses lending in that state.

Missouri IDEA Seed and Venture Capital Funds (IDEA Funds)

You will find funding that promotes the formation and growth of businesses that engage in the transfer of science and technology into job creation.

Grow Missouri Loan Participation Fund

A revolving loan fund to provide attractive loans, in cooperation with private financial institutions, to ensure borrowers have sufficient capital for job-creating business expansion.


View a network of over 400 nonprofit organizations that service entrepreneurs all over the state of Missouri.

BIG MISSOURI Linked Deposit Program

The State Treasurer uses a portion of the state’s investable funds to help Missouri businesses, farms, and communities grow and prosper through this program.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture

This website had a great deal of information aimed at supporting agri-business in Missouri:

  • Agri-business development
  • Missouri Agriculture Small Business Development Authority
  • Small Farm Assistance

Technical Assistance

Dealing with regulations and red tape can be frustrating. In fact, those obstacles often keep highly qualified suppliers from selling to the government. The state of Missouri offers assistance to businesses seeking federal, state and local government contracts. Understanding the contracting process could be the difference between successfully obtaining a resulting government contract and continuously searching for the next available opportunity.

Veterans in Business

If you’re a veteran or member of the reserve components who is in business or considering starting your own business, you may wish to take advantage of our new 
 link  https://oa.mo.gov/purchasing. 
Open the Missouri Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVE) Information page.

Certified Service Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises (SDVE)

The State of Missouri Division of Purchasing has a goal of awarding three percent of all contracts for the performance of any job or service to qualified service-disabled veteran business enterprises. The application, database of certified vendors and further information can be found below.

Veteran Owned Businesses

The Federal government’s business portal has a page dedicated to Veteran Owned Businesses.

Center for Veterans Enterprise

The Veteran’s Administration Center for Veterans Enterprise provides up to the minute information from the Federal Government as it pertains to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses.

Office of Veterans Business Development

The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers information through its Office of Veterans Business Development.

Professional Development and Other Resources

To aid and enhance the productivity and economic growth of Missouri businesses, the state of Missouri is prepared to help businesses enhance the management skills of current and potential business leaders through delivering innovative training programs. Establishing a foundation for long-term business success through professional training will enhance the overall knowledge of business leaders within the state, creating a stronger Missouri.

Small Business Development Centers

The Small Business Development Centers provide a broad range of assistance, available to all individuals starting and growing a business.

Center for Management and Professional Development

The Center for Management and Professional Development website contains information on various training, recognition programs and online learning that will inspire current and potential leaders on their journey to excellence.