BDP partners

The University of Missouri (MU) Extension Business Development Program (BDP) is built on a wide variety of public and private partnerships that bring value to the program with resources, networks, expertise and outreach opportunities. The BDP is very proud to work with these entities to provide services to the state’s businesses and workforce.


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the major funder of the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC). Through a cooperative agreement that is renewed annually, MU Extension receives funding to support programs and staff and then subcontracts to other state colleges and universities that host regional SBTDC offices to deliver programming on a local level.


The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce. EDA’s goal is to ensure that opportunities for economic development and entrepreneurism are available everywhere in the United States. To that end, EDA administers programs that assist distressed communities in attracting new industry, assist areas facing serious economic changes, provide research on economic development practices, support local economic developers with planning efforts, bring the expertise of universities into the local communities seeking to enhance economic development and help manufacturers and producers affected by increased imports.

Department of Defense

Through a partnership with the Defense Logistics Agency, the BDP operates the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, which assist Missouri businesses in winning local, state and federal government contracts.

Host institutions

University of Missouri Extension

University of Missouri Extension is the outreach arm of the University of Missouri system, charged with taking the university’s research-based knowledge to the people of the state. University of Missouri Extension holds the contracts from the federal government for the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers and the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers. Extension matches federal dollars and then subcontracts with other institutions for the delivery of the business development programs. The business development specialist field faculty are included in the SBTDC and PTAC initiatives. Extension’s major focus areas, in addition to business development, are agriculture and natural resources, community development, continuing education, 4-H youth development and human environmental sciences.

University of Missouri College of Engineering

The MU College of Engineering is the academic home of the University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program. Through encouraging faculty research and entrepreneurial opportunities, the College has made a serious commitment to economic development. The College provides engineering students and practicing professionals with expertise and knowledge to solve complex technological challenges; develops and utilizes technologies for teaching, research, service and outreach; prepares students and practicing professionals to compete in a global economy; and instills students with a commitment to lifelong learning.

University of Missouri – Kansas City

At the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Small Business & Technology Development Center and Procurement Technical Assistance Center are hosted by the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration. The school offers undergraduate and graduate education programs and practices a solid commitment to entrepreneurship through its teaching and student experiential learning opportunities.

Missouri University of Science and Technology

The Missouri University of Science & Technology was founded in the 1870 as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, the first technological university west of the Missouri River and one of the first in the nation. It is considered one of the premier universities for science, technology and engineering and awards undergraduate and graduate degrees in 35 disciplines. The Small Business & Technology Development Center is housed in the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development.

Missouri Southern State University

Missouri Southern State University in Joplin is a comprehensive university offering programs leading to the bachelor’s degree. The University also offers continuing education courses and a number of two-year programs in technical and vocational areas for the benefit of the community. The university has a strong commitment to international education, to the liberal arts, to professional and preprofessional programs and to a complementary relationship between lifelong learning and professional education. The Small Business & Technology Development Center is housed in the College of Business Administration.

Missouri State University

The Small Business & Technology Development Center at Missouri State University is housed within the College of Business and offers a variety of opportunities for students to be involved in client projects and consultation. The university, located in Springfield, offers more than 150 undergraduate majors and more than 50 graduate programs.

Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University hosts the Small Business & Technology Development Center in three locations — Maryville, St. Joseph and Chillicothe. The center covers 17 counties spanning from Atchison County, southward to Platte County and eastward to Livingston County. The University has hosted the program since 1985.

Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University is located in Cape Girardeau and offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities. The university offers students a variety of mechanisms for involvement in learning opportunities outside the classroom, including opportunities to work with the Small Business & Technology Development Centers.

Truman State University

At Truman State University, the Small Business & Technology Development Center program is housed in the School of Business. In addition to a core business curriculum, the university emphasizes leadership, communication and teamwork.

University of Central Missouri

Located in Warrensburg, University of Central Missouri hosts the Small Business & Technology Development Centers program and has since the program’s inception in Missouri in 1985. As an integral part of the UCM Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Development, the SBTDC offers practical management and assistance to small business owners and managers.

Moberly Area Community College

Founded in 1927, Moberly Area Community College is now located in seven towns throughout its 16-county service region, and hosts the Small Business & Technology Development Center in the Entrepreneurship and Business Development Center in Moberly. The college continues to advance its mission of supporting and encouraging entrepreneurship and economic development in the communities it serves.

Other partners

Regional Economic Development, Inc.

Regional Economic Development, Inc. is nonprofit, public/private partnership that works to provide increased economic opportunities for the area while maintaining a high quality of life.
REDI acts as a local point of contact for any company that requests information about Columbia and Boone County. In addition to providing available site and building information, comprehensive area demographics and labor availability studies, REDI organizes community tours, facilitates community leader introductions when prospective companies visit the area and acts as an ombudsman for local utilities and city government. REDI also provides customized state incentive proposals and coordinates the Chapter 100 Revenue Bond application process, working with prospective companies throughout the incentives process. REDI is also a satellite office for the Small Business & Technology Development Center that houses two SBTDC counselors.

Missouri Department of Economic Development

The Department of Economic Development administers a wide array of programs designed to enhance Missouri’s economy in the 21st century. It is composed of agencies that execute statutory requirements and department policy in the areas of community, economic and workforce development, as well as the regulation of financial institutions, utility companies and various licensed professionals. The University of Missouri partners with the department in a variety of initiatives on the statewide and local level.

Internal Revenue Service

The  Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the federal agency charged with tax collection and tax law enforcement. The agency has assisted with materials found in the website and updates shared in the Missouri Business eNews monthly newsletter.

Missouri Enterprise

Missouri Enterprise is a nonprofit corporation that assist Missouri companies — primarily manufacturers — develop processes to streamline production, improve profitability and move products to market. From research and development to marketing, from manufacturing to facilities management, they offer extensive expertise, hands-on assistance and a wealth of resources.