The St. Louis County Economic Council unveiled a plan Thursday to spur entrepreneurial growth by filling many of the gaps standing in the path of small businesses. The county announced its partnership with the Cleveland-based nonprofit JumpStart at the council's annual meeting at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton.
JumpStart will spark entrepreneurial growth, CEO Ray Leach promised a ballroom where the region's corporate elite rubbed elbows with the business owners who stand to benefit most from the nonprofit's expertise.
JumpStart has been chosen by the federal government to accelerate small business opportunities in pilot programs in St. Louis and a handful of other Midwest cities, said Matt Erskine, the acting assistant secretary for economic development with the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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