SBEC Partners with SLDC on $2.5 Million Loan Program

Building Up St. Louis by Building Up Small Businesses

The St. Louis Business Empowerment Center exists to uplift all entrepreneurs, including minorities, women, and veterans, in their journeys to impactful business

Kevin Wilson, Executive Director


A 501c3 nonprofit organization sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Empowerment Zone.

The St. Louis Small Business Empowerment Center (SBEC) is the organization of my dreams. We connect with people with solid ideas on how to start a business. We reconnect with business owners who need advice on how to enter new markets, gain customers, or win contracts. We talk to funders who want to back small businesses and support community growth. We are humbled that we've contributed to building up St. Louis by building up small businesses.

If you are ready to become St. Louis’ newest entrepreneur or need help to grow, let’s connect and turn your “why” into a successful business.  Read More


The St. Louis Business Empowerment Center creates connections

Wondering how to breathe life into your business? Let’s talk about the importance of establishing banking relationships and winning government contracts. Read More


Access to capital can make or break your business

Cash flow covers a multitude of sins, as Executive Director Kevin Wilson is fond of saying. The St. Louis Business Empowerment Center helps take the fear factor out of applying for a small business loan.  Read More


Empowerment expands your ability to earn capital

SBA certifications are more than badges of honor. They light the path to new opportunities. Gain certifications and secure government contracts through the SBEC’s live and on-demand business coaching. Schedule your session today. Read More

Want to work with the SBEC?

Register with our Trusted Peer Network so we can begin the journey to empowering your small business.  Have questions? Contact us today.

The Small Business Empowerment Center is an equal opportunity/access/
affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex in our education programs or activities, pursuant to Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106. The Small Business Empowerment Center is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Equal Opportunity for All

In accordance with federal laws and U.S. Department of the Treasury policy, this organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. 

To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Director, Office of Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20220; call (202) 622-1160; or send an e-mail to: