Free Small Business Resource Guide Now Available.
ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 23, 2002
A free resource guide containing detailed information about small business loan programs and technical assistance is now available to St. Louis area small business owners.
U.S. Bank's community development department worked closely with the St. Louis County Economic Council and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to create "Resource Guide for Small and Micro Business Development in the St. Louis Region." Copies may be obtained by calling U.S. Bank's Community Development Department at (314) 418-3676 or emailing charlotteMMcFarlane@usbank.com. Approximately 1,000 guides are currently available and will be updated as each edition is exhausted.
Small business owners often need assistance but do not know where to find it. Businesses needing loans can find various organizations providing financial assistance in this guide. Loan programs included range from micro-loans to venture capital. Business owners will also find organizations providing technical assistance such as help with business plans; financial management, and growth of existing businesses.
Ericca Willis, Director of Minority Business Development for the St. Louis Development Corporation, said that prior to the creation of this guide, people needing either technical or financial assistance had to spend many hours researching what resources were available to them. "Often people did not find the information they were searching for if they didn't know where to look. This free guide creates one reference piece for small business entrepreneurs about the many programs and services available to assist them throughout the St. Louis region."
Kathy Feil Brown, Manager of Community Development added, "St. Louis has an abundance of organizations providing small business assistance, and many of the programs and services in this guide are free."