American Success Institute
A nonprofit educational and philanthropic organization. Mission is to create a worldwide community in which all members are fully involved participants living and encouraging the expansion of the Action Principle ideals of self-improvement and service.

5 N. Main St.
Natick, MA 01760
Phone: 508-651-3303
Fax: 508-653-2924

Better Business Bureau, serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois
Processes consumer marketplace inquiries and complaints about firms' business practices. Conducts advertising review, investigations and provides consumer tips and warnings. Provides research and training on customer relations.

720 Olive, Ste. 2900
St. Louis, MO 63101-2308
Phone: 314-621-6681
Fax: 314-421-0013

CPCU Society (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters)-St. Louis Chapter
Organization of insurance professionals whose members have earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters designation. Offers free programs to groups and organizations on insurance concerns. Conducts monthly meetings focused on timely risk management topics.

101 S. Hanley Rd., Ste. 700
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: 314-725-8394, Ext. 265
Fax: 314-725-4317

International Franchise Association
Protects, enhances and promotes franchising. Founded in 1960, it is a membership organization of franchisors, franchisees and suppliers. Website is dedicated to providing members and guests with a one-stop shopping experience for franchise information.

1501 K Street, N.W., Ste. 350
Washington, DC 20005-4709
Phone: 202-628-8000

International Trade and Investment
Assists Missouri companies to facilitate new business opportunities internationally. Professional staff is available to take the fear and uncertainty out of doing business in the global market. No matter if you're experienced in international marketing or just starting out, the Missouri Office of International Trade and Investment has the support and services that you need to succeed.

1501 K Street, N.W., Ste. 350
Washington, DC 20005-4709
Phone: 202-628-8000

Lambert St. Louis International Airport, DBE Program
Publishes quarterly information and opportunities newsletter; conducts quarterly certification workshops; conducts quarterly workshops on doing business with the Airport; publishes monthly directory of certified DBEs (disadvantaged business enterprise); holds meetings and seminars; conducts annual conference and trade fair; provides resource referral services.

13723 Riverport Dr., 3rd fl.
St. Louis, MO 63043
Phone: 314-551-5000
Fax: 314-551-5045

Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
Assists domestic manufacturers hurt by import competition in two ways: conducts a thorough assessment of the firm to develop a detailed strategy to help the firm become more competitive and can pay for up to 75% of the cost to implement this strategy through federal grants, using private sector consultants on a subcontract basis.

664 Southeast Bayberry Ln., Ste. 101
Lee's Summit, MO 64063
Phone: 816-246-1555/800-551-8222
Fax: 816-246-9860

Missouri Enterprise
Provides hands-on technical and business consulting services in all areas for business. Assistance is provided in a broad range of projects including product design/development, process design/plant layout, quality assurance, CAD/CAM/CAE, EDI/communications, business systems/business management, market development, strategic planning, and lean manufacturing. For other office locations call: 800-956-2682.

3751 Pennridge Dr., Ste. 101
St. Louis, MO 63044
Phone: 314-291-2121
Fax: 314-291-2525

Missouri Merchants & Manufacturers Association
Lobbying on behalf of employers specializing in taxation, mandated benefits and labor relations legislation; assisting member companies with problems at local, state and federal levels; providing valuable information via newsletters, legal seminars, etc. on topics important to employers; offering cost-saving benefits.

16100 Chesterfield Pkwy. W., Ste. 210
Chesterfield, MO 63017-4817
Phone: 636-537-1360
Fax: 636-537-4901

Missouri Venture Forum
Provides a means for investors, entrepreneurs and business advisors to make mutually beneficial relationships designed to drive new business growth through networking, education and information exchange. Breakfast meetings are held 10 times per year on the first Friday of the month. Also offers seminars as part of the Entrepreneurs and Money: Getting Together seminar series.

1173 N. Price Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63132-2301
Phone: 314-241-2683
Fax: 314-432-7016

National Association of Purchasing Management - St. Louis
A professional association of individuals employed in the purchasing and materials management fields. From participation in monthly meetings, seminars and workshops and with the constant communication of monthly newsletter, Buylines, NAPM - St. Louis, Inc. provides a forum for the exchange of purchasing information.

P.O. Box 31673
St. Louis, MO 63131
Phone: 314-646-7442

National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Greater St. Louis
Local chapter of national trade association dedicated to serving residential and commercial remodeling professionals. Members include manufacturers and wholesalers of business supplies and remodeling products, lending institutions, interior designers, architects, and professional remodeling contractors.

P.O. Box 366
Chesterfield, MO 63006
Phone: 636-207-9690
Fax: 314-962-7466

National Business Incubation Association (NBIA)
Composed primarily of incubator developers and managers, but technology commercialization specialists, educators and business assistance professionals are also well represented. Mission is to provide training and a clearinghouse for information on incubator management and development issues and on tools for assisting startup and fledgling firms.

20 E. Circle Dr. #37198
Athens, OH 45701-3571
Phone: 740-593-4331
Fax: 740-593-1996

National Venture Capital Association
Represents the venture capital industry. It's members consist of venture capital firms and organizations that manage pools of risk equity designated to be invested in young, emerging companies.

1655 N. Fort Myer Dr. , Ste. 850
Arlington, Va 22209
Phone: 703-524-2549

Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis
Professional communications organization. Publishes annual Media and Community Resource Guide ($30). Holds monthly educational forums on various topics. Raises money for college scholarships and internships, communications-related grants. Maintains media archives at St. Louis Public Library.

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers - Illinois
Assist existing business owners in doing business with federal, state, and local governments. The Centers provide general procurement counseling, access to bid specifications, assistance in identifying government markets, help in reviewing bid packages and also provide information about contract administration and other contracting assistance services, and many other services.

620 E. Adams St.
Springfield, Il 62701
Phone: 217-557-7808
Fax: 217-524-0171

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers - Missouri (MO PTAC)
Assists businesses, including small, disadvantaged and women-owned firms, in obtaining federal, state and local government contracts.

100 North Tucker, Ste. 530
St. Louis, Mo 63101
Phone: 314-621-7280
Fax: 314-621-9871

SCORE- Alton/Godfrey
5800 Godfrey Rd., Alden Hall
Godfrey, IL 62035-2426
Phone: 618-467-2280
Fax: 618-466-8289

Society for Technical Communications
Professional association of technical communicators. Membership offers opportunities for continuous self-improvement and for contact with other communication professionals. Membership open to anyone interested in writing and communications.


Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals - St. Louis Chapter
The largest association of professionals concerned with organizational competitiveness. Members work to further the art and practice of legal and ethical collection and analysis of information that positively affects executive decision-making. Sponsors educational programs throughout the year, and an international conference held each spring in North America. 

Phone: 314-576-4137
Fax: 314-576-0945

Southern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center
A regional hub for coordinating entrepreneurship development activity. Mission is "To encourage the entrepreneurial spirit to stimulate growth in Southern Illinois." Serves as an umbrella organization to facilitate the interaction between entrepreneurs and existing resources. The center strives to promote an entrepreneurial culture.

150 E. Pleasant Hill Road
Carbondale, Il 62903
Phone: 618-453-3805
Fax: 618-453-5040

SSDN - Cherokee Place
The incubator and Economic Development Center (EDC) supports the growth and development of existing businesses, the development of neighborhood entrepreneurs and works to attract businesses to the area that will improve the quality of life. The incubator is designed to help small business owners launch successful businesses.

2715 Cherokee St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
Phone: 314-772-0014
Fax: 314-772-1829

St. Louis Business Networking Breakfast
A monthly networking breakfast for minority, women-owned and small businesses. Government agencies and prime contractors are present to provide potential business opportunities and companies providing support services to small businesses and up to 10 attendees make a two-minute presentation. All attendees are introduced. Held the first Thursday of the month, (except July).

Jireh Restaurant & Catering
9300 W. Florissant Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63136
Phone: 636-519-4848
Fax: 636-519-4850

St. Louis County Economic Council (SLCEC)
Facilitates the development of long-term, diversified business and employment opportunities that will lead to increased wealth and well-being for the citizens, businesses, and institutions of St. Louis County and the St. Louis region. Oversees several local and regional programs, including World Trade Center Saint Louis, special financing for businesses and St. Louis Enterprise Centers (small-business incubators).

121 S. Meramec Ave., Ste. 900
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: 314-615-7663

St. Louis Development Corp.
Offers programs and services to the small-business owner, including technical and financial assistance for expansion, relocation, renovation, acquisition and startup as well as land assembly/site preparation. Composed of seven agencies and authorities that work to promote economic development and growth. See Programs for Small Business Lending for the City of St. Louis.

1015 Locust St., Ste. 1200
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: 314-622-3400
Fax: 314-231-2341
Website: http://

St. Louis Development Corp., Business Assistance Center
A "One-Stop Shop" and assistance for new or expanding businesses for occupancy permits and licenses required to do business in the City of St. Louis.

St. Louis Enterprise Centers
A network of business incubators managed by the St. Louis County Economic Council in partnership with the St. Louis Development Corporation providing new and expanding small business with an affordable professional environment, support services, networking opportunities, educational seminars, links to resources in critical business disciplines, and mentoring by community business leaders.


St. Louis Publishers Association
A nonprofit organization of authors and publishers. Affiliate of the Publishers Marketing Association (PMA) and a partner of the Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN). Mission is to help members publish quality products and market them effectively.

PO Box 43058
St. Louis, MO 63143
Phone: 314-963-5296

St. Louis Regional Chamber
Serving as the region's chamber of commerce and economic development organization, promotes the growth and advancement of businesses and business ventures throughout the 16-county region. Offers networking opportunities, site-selection assistance and awareness of legislative issues that target entrepreneurs.

One Metropolitan Square, Ste. 1300
St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: 314-444-1145
Fax: 314-206-3233

U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC)
A one-stop shop for export marketing and trade finance assistance for small- to medium-sized businesses. Organizations located at the USEAC include: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Small Business Administration, and State of Missouri International Trade Office, which also represents The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. Services.

8235 Forsyth Blvd., Ste. 520
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: 314-425-3304
Fax: 314-425-3381

World Trade Center Saint Louis
A client service organization dedicated to providing a continuum of high quality products and services to the private sector to facilitate global growth and enhance competitiveness. Certified as one of the top marketing research, business-to-business matchmaking, briefings and events provider for international businesses in the St. Louis region. 

121 S. Meramec Ave., Ste. 1111
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: 314-615-8141
Fax: 314-862-0102

Trade Information Center
Information on federal export assistance programs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration.

U.S. Dept. of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave., NW, R-TIC Stop
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: 800-872-8723
Fax: 202-482-4473
Website: http://

Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis
Professional communications organization. Publishes annual Media and Community Resource Guide ($30). Holds monthly educational forums on various topics. Raises money for college scholarships and internships, communications-related grants. Maintains media archives at St. Louis Public Library.

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