HEARTLAND ST. LOUIS BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBERSHIP:
For a limited time, the Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce is offering a 12-month membership at no cost. Go online to www.hbcstl.com and register through a simple two-step process. After you become a member, you can list your business on the directory.
For the next 12 months, you will be among the first to receive information on growing your business and access to resources to help you to hold your ground and even expand during this difficult time.
SHOW ME RECOVERY LAB:
Missouri offers a resource directory and information from a variety of state and federal agencies to help businesses recover from the pandemic and prepare for healthy operation in the future. It can help with resource specific to your sector (from construction and manufacturing to retail and restaurants) as well as data and a peer-to-peer forum for problem solving.
GET CERTIFIED AS A MINORITY AND/OR WOMEN OWNED BUSINESS:
St. Louis Lambert International Airport works with contractors and entrepreneurs across the region, regardless of their size or background. During September and October, it’s offering four virtual workshops where you can learn how to get certified through the City of St. Louis as a Minority and/or Women Owned Business Enterprise or through federal programs for disadvantaged businesses. The free, two-hour workshops are offered through the airport’s Business Diversity Development department.
SCORE MENTORS LIVE:
Mentors are standing by to help you with your toughest business challenges – finding funding, marketing your business, business strategy, managing through business changes, starting or reopening your business, and more. Get your questions answered through live, online chats every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-4 p.m.
FREE LEGAL OFFICE HOURS:
Local efactory partner professionals offer free advice to help you and your business succeed. This is a great opportunity to ask legal questions regarding liability and best programs to use for incorporation status, legal constraints for loan forgiveness, etc.
WOMEN OF COLOR E-LAB:
Under SheaMoisture’s $1Million Community Commerce Fund, the brand will create an e-learning platform for women of color entrepreneurs to continue to gain education, access to resources, mentorship, and advice on how to prepare for the economic downturn.
SheaMoisture will provide an opportunity for funding to women of color entrepreneurs that are ready to pitch their recovery plan upon completion of their eHub coursework.
The Missouri SBDC, Grace Hill Women’s Business Center, Missouri Women’s Business Center, SCORE and Veterans Business Resource Center have counselors who can help businesses seeking federal COVID-19 disaster assistance with financial projections, cash-flow needs, repayment and more.
FOR MOSOURCELINK RESOURCE PROVIDERS:
For all resource providers, please update your profiles as you pivot your programs and services you are currently offering, especially as they relate to those being affected by the pandemic, so we can pull those into a “Mini Resource Navigator.” We will share that via the MOSourceLink coronavirus page so it is easily accessible to all businesses 24/7. This information will help MOSourceLink make the right referrals to your organizations as businesses call the hotline.
HELLO ALICE RESOURCE CENTER:
COVID-19 business resource center updated daily with real-world funding, resources and support for small business owners
The St. Louis Business Journal has put together a COVID-19 Resource guide for St. Louis small businesses.
SMALL BUSINESS MAJORITY
Small Business Majority’s website shares Daily Updates for Small Businesses regarding COVID. This includes past and future webinars, their policy agenda, and a discussion board.
- Daily updates for small businesses
- Small Business Majority’s COVID-19 message board for small business owners to discuss best practices, information, and other resources that will help us get through the COVID-19 crisis.