UMSL is dedicated to support designed for businesses. There are a few sources focused solely on the support of small businesses in need of funding, guidance, information, or other information.
Vendor Opportunity Fair
More than 300 local business owners and other representatives turned up at the J.C. Penney Conference Center at the University of Missouri–St. Louis as St. Louis County held its first-ever Vendor Opportunity Fair.
It was a chance for them to meet with leaders of various county departments and learn about the process of obtaining contracts with St. Louis County government. Presentations during the daylong fair covered how to become a vendor with St. Louis County and went through the process of bidding and procurement. It also offered attendees a chance to network with other business professionals.
Chancellor Kristin Sobolik welcomed the group to campus, and County Executive Sam Page delivered a keynote address during lunch in the Summit Lounge.
Small Business Workshop
UMSL, North County Inc., Beyond Housing, MU Extension, MOSourcelink, and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership hosted a webinar for small businesses, nonprofits, and religious organizations. The webinar covered the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, and local business resources available through the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, MU Extension’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and MOSourcelink.