Find small business financial assistance for programs for women or minority businesses in Missouri. There are a number of free grants, loans, free mentoring or counseling services as well as other resources offered. Black, Latino, veteran, women owned and other minority businesses or entrepreneurs can find a current, updated lists of loans and grants near them below.
There may be assistance provided by the state of Missouri or federal government. Low cost loans or grants may also be issued by corporations, non-profit organizations, banks, credit unions as well as other lenders. Any small to mid-sized businesses, start up company or entrepreneur can apply, however a portion of the funds will be given to minority as well as black owned companies.
Most of the money is available for businesses in Kansas City, St. Louis, Columbia, Springfield and other cities. But business assistance is available across Missouri. Whether Black owned, LGBTQ, Asian, or another disadvantaged group, funds are offered.
Missouri small business loan and free grant programs for women or minorities
The list of programs below will be updated daily. Each of the programs has their own application process, terms and conditions. But find agencies that may issue loans and/or free grants.
October and November 2020
Over $800,000 is being allocated to Universal City small businesses, with about 25% of that money going to disadvantaged minority and women owned small businesses. It will be a forgivable loan, with the money going to for profit businesses impacted by COVID. Priority is service companies, restaurants, and businesses with customer facing operations. To apply for a loan, dial 314-505-8516.
The City of Columbia has launched a microloan program. It is for very small businesses or startup companies. The loan program is run on a “point” system, meaning more points are given to minority, female, Black, or Latino owned businesses that apply. They also favor businesses that have not received any other financial aid. Applications go through the Housing Programs Division in the City of Columbia Missouri. Applications and more information is at 874-6321. Or learn more here. https://www.como.gov/community-development/neighborhoods/housingprogramsdivision/microenterprise-recovery-loan-program/
Kansas City Minority Business Resiliency Grant Program is run in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation as well as the UMKC Innovation Center. Anywhere from $500 to $5000 is given to qualified applicant. The funds are for Minority entrepreneurs, including Latinos and black owned companies. Free grants can pay for website development for an online business, working capital, inventory and other costs. Read more here http://umkcinnovates.com/grant/
G.I.F.T, or Generating Income For Tomorrow, helps businesses in the Urban Center area of Kansas City. The focus is on businesses of color and black owned small companies. Restaurants, manufacturers, service companies and others can get a free grant. https://www.kansascitygift.org/
UMKC Innovation Center is partnering with banks in the Kansas City area to launch small business grant programs. There will be funds designated for minorities, Black owned companies as well as women. A focus is on minority entrepreneurs. https://umkcinnovates.com/
City of Columbia provides $575,000 in loans for small businesses. There is emphasis on women and minority-owned businesses, whether Black, Women, or another disadvantaged company. http://www1.komu.com/news/city-of-columbia-provides-575-000-in-loans-for-small-businesses
By Jon McNamara