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Community resources

If you can't find anything through our campus resources that truly matches your needs, we can help you find resources in our community that may be a better fit.

Centennial Investors

Centennial Investors was created to meet the early capital needs of university and private sector entrepreneurs. Our organization will assist with bringing to market exciting ideas generated in university labs and private businesses.


Downtown Incubator

The Downtown Incubator is a shared workspace for innovators to work 24/7 and to serve as a meeting place for natural collaboration with other creative minds. With access to meeting rooms, two-way conferencing, business classes, and consulting, it is easier to get your startup off the ground and running!

Contact: is dedicated to sparking innovation through events, space and collaboration.

Mid-Missouri SCORE

The Mid-Missouri Chapter of SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is part of a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of the nation’s small business. SCORE volunteers serve as “Counselors to America's Small Business.”

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Missouri CORE

CORE facilitates the attraction of new businesses, promotes projects that have a regionwide economic impact, and assists communities in the expansion of existing and start-up businesses. Missouri CORE provides the tools to make growth and expansion in the region a reality, contact us, to see what we can do for you.


MU Small Business and Technology Development Center

Our goal is to assist entrepreneurs, including University faculty, with pre-venture, start-up or existing business with financial management, marketing, technology and product development and commercialization issues.


Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI)

REDI acts as a local point of contact for any company that requests information about Columbia and Boone County. In addition to providing available site and building information, comprehensive area demographics and labor availability studies, REDI organizes community tours, facilitates community leader introductions when prospective companies visit the area and acts as a liaison for local utilities and city government. REDI also serves as a liaison with the State Department of Economic Development to provide customized state incentive proposals and coordinates the Chapter 100 Revenue Bond application process. Once a company locates in Columbia or Boone County, REDI assists in groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremonies.