FEBRUARY 1, 2024
SPRING SEED GRANT APPLICATION
The Sharp End Entrepreneurial Development Grant (SEED Grant) was created in the state of Missouri to support Minority/Women Business Enterprises. The name “Sharp End” comes from the area called “The Sharp End”, which was a business district in the City of Columbia for the black community from the early 1900s to 1960s. The area was demolished during urban renewal in the 1960s which dramatically removed the nucleus of this self-contained black business community. The SEED Grant was established to pay tribute to the rich history of the Sharp End Business District.
Before a Minority/Women Business Enterprise can receive a SEED Grant, they are evaluated based on the following criteria:
Business Financial, Risk and Tax Management
Marketing & Branding
Contribution to Economic Development
Proposed Grant Fund Uses
Demonstration of Need
Business must be established as a C-corporation, S-Corporation, LLC, or partnership with the state of Missouri.
Business is in “Good Standing” with the state of Missouri.
The business must have a bank account in the business’ name.
At least 51% of the business must be owned by a person or persons that are minority and/or women.
Resources To Help You Develop
A Strong SEED Grant Application
SEED Grant Application Training
View our SEED Grant Application training video, it provides valuable information on how to effectively present your business when applying for our grant. You will learn everything you need to know to create a compelling application that highlights the strengths of your business and why you deserve to receive our grant.
Entrepreneurial Development 101
So you want to be an entrepreneur? This workshop provides a high level overview of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. It is not for the faint of heart!
Entrepreneurial Development 102
This five hour workshop provides entrepreneurs with introductory knowledge of the basics of best business practices.