Why Ignite?

Ignite is dedicated to establishing entrepreneurship support networks within Northeast Missouri, providing expert technical assistance, and connecting entrepreneurs with resources.

Right Arrows

Ignite provides entrepreneurs with a network of trusted professional service providers:

  • Loan officers
  • Attorneys
  • Insurance providers
  • Accountants
  • And more!
Mentor Network

Mentor Network

Our entrepreneurship support network includes a mentorship effort, where experienced business people who understand entrepreneurship can share their experience and expertise with new entrepreneurs.

  • Connect with experienced entrepreneurs
  • Cultivate relationships with successful business owners
Orange Pillar

Technical Assistance

Entrepreneurs can coordinate with recommended local service providers through Ignite and receive trusted referrals and even discounts for your new or expanding business!

  • Insurance providers
  • Accountants
  • Lawyers
  • Bankers
  • And more!
Red Pillar

Investor Opportunities

Through our events, Ignite connects great ideas with the fuel they need to thrive. These events connect entrepreneurs with a platform to present their ideas to investors. These events are designed to help generate public excitement for the innovative ideas being presented.

  • Angel investing
  • Venture capital
  • Operating capital
  • Gap financing
  • And more!

Small Business Development Center

Starting or growing a business can be complicated. To help our entrepreneurs, Ignite, through Missouri SBDC at HREDC, helps businesses in every stage:

  • Creating a business plan
  • Testing business models
  • Creating financial projections
  • Developing leadership and management skills
  • Planning for critical transitions
  • Buying or selling an existing business

Connect With:

Civic Organizations

Education Leaders

Elected Officials

Public Administrators

Ignite Entrepreneurial Program