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 (MO PTAC), which assist Missouri businesses in winning local, state and federal government contracts.

Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) form a nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace. PTACs are the bridge between buyer and supplier, bringing to bear their knowledge of both government contracting and the capabilities of contractors to maximize fast, reliable service to our government with better quality and at lower costs. Many PTAC counselors have backgrounds in government acquisitions and virtually all receive ongoing training to keep pace with continually evolving acquisitions procedures and policies. The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) provides a network that allows any PTAC counselor almost instant access to the expertise and experience of more than 500 colleagues, as well as real-time information from government agencies regarding new requirements and initiatives.

America’s Small Business Development Center

America’s SBDC (ASBDC) is the nationwide network of SBDCs/SBTDCs and is the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the U.S. and its territories. The ASBDC mission is to represent the interests of all SBDCs by promoting, informing, supporting and continuously improving the SBDC network. The goal is to help startups recognize the vision of business ownership, and to help existing businesses stay competitive and grow in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.

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.

Trulaske College of Business

The Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business, located in Cornell Hall, is the second largest academic division of the University of Missouri-Columbia and hosts the MO SBTDC’s International Trade Center (ITC). The college, named for WW II combat pilot and True Manufacturing Company co-founder Robert J. Trulaske, Sr., is committed to helping students succeed in the world of business and advancing the body of knowledge about business through internationally known and published thinkers, teachers and researchers. Students gain invaluable real-world experience as ITC interns researching real firms’ international market needs. Students can also manage real-time investment funds in a fully functioning trading room with Bloomberg access.

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 bachelor’s degrees. 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 pre-professional 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 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.

St. Charles EDC

The Economic Development Center of St. Charles County (EDC) is dedicated to helping St. Charles County businesses by creating and retaining well-paying jobs, financing business growth, strengthening the tax base, assisting entrepreneurs and business of all sizes, providing site selection services, organizing world-class business training, improving the local quality of place and promoting the county as a great place to nurture a business or a life. The EDC also operates an award-winning small business incubator, which has graduated more than 100 companies with nearly 400 jobs since 2000. In 2009, the EDC was named America’s 504 Lender of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Since 2000, EDC Small Business Finance has disbursed $114 million in 504 loans and $170 million in Industrial Revenue Bonds resulting in the creation or retention of more than 6,200 jobs.

Lincoln University

Lincoln University, Jefferson City, was founded in 1866 by veterans of the 62nd and 65th United States Colored Infantry and became a land-grant institution in 1890. Today, Lincoln University serves a diverse clientele with 50 undergraduate and master’s degree programs. The Small Business & Technology Development Center is housed in Lorenzo Green Hall to better serve the student and faculty entrepreneurship community and Jefferson City area in general.

State Fair Community College

State Fair Community College (SFCC) is a public, non-profit college that serves the educational needs of more than 5,000 students in 14 counties in west-central Missouri with small classes and one of the lowest tuition rates and fees in the state. In addition to the main Sedalia campus, which hosts the Small Business & Technology Development Center, SFCC has campuses in Boonville, Clinton, Eldon, Lake of the Ozarks, Warsaw, at Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster and online.

Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been taking care of business for Missouri employers in the halls of the state capitol, in the courtroom and beyond for nearly 90 years. The Missouri Chamber brings together members from all corners of the state to make Missouri a better place to live and work through effective representation before the Missouri General Assembly, government agencies and the courts to reduce taxes, limit regulation, improve education and foster positive economic development; timely events and seminars, available to members at a discounted rate; support services to grow a business, including product discounts, market analysis services and regulatory assistance; and leadership and professional development opportunities through the Missouri Chamber Foundation.

Other partners

Regional Economic Development, Inc.

Regional Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) is a 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.

Missouri Secretary of State – Business Services

The Business Services Division is a part of the Missouri Secretary of State’s office committed to making it easier to do business in Missouri. The website includes key information and forms required to start and maintain a business, including registering and renewing a fictitious name, registering a Limited Liability Company or partnership, plus necessary reports and Missouri statutes.

Missouri Innovation Center

The Missouri Innovation Center (MIC) is a non-profit organization that helps mid-Missouri high-growth potential business ventures navigate the often daunting maze of commercialization through mentoring, securing financial support and providing the resources to conduct R&D. The center maintains a close affiliation with the MU Trulaske College of Business and works closely with Centennial Investors, a mid-Missouri based angel investor network.

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.