Business Resources

The City of University City wants to help U GROW!

The City of University City and the St. Louis region offer a vast amount of resources for businesses, large and small. Whether you are looking for space or financial resources, we are here to help U GROW!


The City of University City is pleased to announce a multi-round forgivable Small Business Assistance Program. The program will be implemented in two funding cycles and is intended to help eligible local retail and creative for-profit businesses address cash for short term financial operational needs such as payroll, payment to suppliers, payment to service providers or payment of utilities. This Grant may not be used for capital expenditures or rent. The intent of this program is to provide local businesses relief due to their economic loss during the current COVID-19 Pandemic. CLICK HERE for more information.


Checkout the new Explore U City Facebook Page and Weekly Newsletter!

 If you would like to have your business promoted on our new Explore U City Facebook page ( and weekly newsletter (, please send your updated business information to and Please include any photos, videos, or details you would like us to include.

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 Clifford Cross, Director of Planning and Development at 314-505-8516 or or Jenny Wendt at 314-505-8562 or

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