Business Resources


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University City Resources

Facebook Group:  University City Businesses 
Facebook Group  #314Together - Post your information into this regional group

Economic Development Office
- Whether connecting to financial resources, small business resources, helping to find a location, or ensuring your business is supported and remains viable, our economic development office is here to help!  Contact Brooke A. Smith, Deputy City Manager/Dir. of Economic Development, at

Planning & Community Development - Assisting with zoning regulations, code enforcement, construction and commercial occupancy permit, we can help with all your business location needs.  Contact us at 314-505-8500.  

Business Licensing - In addition to a commercial occupancy permit, all businesses are required to obtain a business license.  Call 314-505-8544.

Loop Special Business District - Promotes and markets the Delmar Loop business community.

Regional and State Resources

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership - Provides resources for business development and financing.
State of Missouri, Department of Economic Development - Offers resources for businesses, financial incentives, workforce assistance, and grant opportunities.
Missouri Partnership - Resource for data and information, business recruitment, and incentives
Economic Development Tools - A resource guide developed by Gilmore & Bell. P.C. that summarizes Missouri's Economic Development programs including TIF, CID, Tax Abatement, TDD, etc.
PACE Equity - Program to assist property owners with funding for energy efficiency upgrades or new development.

Federal Resource

Small Business Administration - Provides financial, managerial and technical assistance
Score - Provides no-cost confidential business counseling