Business Development

State Initiatives, Services, and Programs To Help Businesses

These initiatives can help businesses affected by COVID-19.

The state of Missouri has rolled out several initiatives, services, and programs to help our businesses and communities fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is the latest round-up of new state resources.

Show Me Strong Recovery Plan

*NEW* Missouri Meat and Poultry Processing Grant Program

$20 million in CARES Act funding for Missouri to support Missouri meat and poultry processing facilities to address supply chain disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

*NEWNonprofit Relief and Recovery Grant Program

Up to $22 million for Missouri nonprofits assisting communities in response to COVID-19.

*NEWCoworking and Incubator Grant Program

$1 million for eligible Missouri-based non-profit corporation and university-sponsored coworking and incubator facilities to adjust to safety guidelines associated with COVID-19.

*NEWSmall Community Working Capital Relief Loan Program

$5 million loan program through the Missouri Development Finance Board for incorporated municipalities under 25,000 in population to assist with the challenges associated with COVID-19.

Rapid Broadband Deployment

Nearly $50 million in relief funds to aid in broadband expansion and COVID-19 response in the areas of telehealth, libraries, and education.

Small Business Grant Program

$30 million to provide relief to small businesses and family-owned farms for reimbursement of costs of business interruption due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

PPE Production Grant Program

$20 million to increase production of personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Return Strong

The Return Strong initiative is aimed at strengthening Missouri’s Workforce as it bounces back from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Tourism Industry Relief

$15 million to aid destination marketing organizations as they encourage safe travel and rebuild the state’s tourism economy.

Business Recovery Lab

A new online platform designed to assist businesses as they look to become more resilient and adapt to COVID-19 disruptions.

Show Me Strong Pledge

The Show Me Strong Pledge is a voluntary commitment to take a few simple steps that will aid in protecting the well-being of all Missourians.