Economic Development Alliance

 

Mission Statement: The Economic Development Alliance – Bolivar and Polk County coordinates and facilitates the development of a strong, diversified and competitive economy in the city and county. As a public/private partnership, the EDA focuses on addressing the needs and opportunities of existing businesses, providing assistance to new and expanding businesses, fostering workforce development, supporting an entrepreneurial culture, while advocating for a business-friendly climate in Bolivar.

Click Here to view a PDF of the Economic Development Alliance’s 2020 Annual Report.

Click Here to view a PDF of the Economic Development Alliance’s 2019 Annual Report.

Click Here to read the results from a survey the Economic Development Alliance sent out, in partnership with the Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce, to gain some information from businesses to see how they have managed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

EDA partners with efactory & Missouri SBDC to launch “Supercharge Southwest Missouri” Initiative

The Economic Development Alliance – Bolivar & Polk County is excited to support Supercharge Southwest Missouri, a new initiative powered by the efactory and Missouri Small Business Development Center at Missouri State University to empower local entrepreneurs. Supercharge Southwest Missouri is a collaborative, regional program that provides entrepreneurs with access to the services needed to successfully start and grow businesses in our region.

“Having access to these professional services gives Bolivar& Polk County another powerful resource to offer to our business community.   We are looking forward to building a strong and lasting relationship with efactory & Missouri SBDC”, stated Gail Noggle, Executive Director, Economic Development Alliance for Bolivar and Polk County. 

The Economic Development Alliance is proud to be one of 30+ Supercharge Southwest Missouri Supporters. The creation of Supercharge Southwest Missouri and support from community stakeholders such as the EDA allows existing efactory and Missouri SBDC services to be scaled across more than 16 counties in the region.

Through the grant-funded program, participants unlock access to no-cost resources including: business consulting, executive level mentorship networks, on-demand training, and office hours with attorneys, accountants, and other professionals. Starting today, participants can sign up for business consulting, mentorship, and office hours. A full suite of on-demand programming will be available beginning this fall as part of the program. Supercharge Southwest Missouri is funded by a Missouri Building Entrepreneurial Capacity Program (MOBEC) grant award from the Missouri Technology Corporation to Missouri State University. The program is powered by business support teams at the efactory and Missouri Small Business Development Center at Missouri State University. (Missouri SBDC at MSU).

 

 

The Economic Development Alliance held Zoom calls in March and April to share information about different Financing Options that is available to businesses and non-profits.

To listen or watch the recording of our April 14th Zoom call regarding Financing Options with Grants, click here.

To listen or watch the recording of the March 31st Zoom call regarding Revolving Loan Funds available through the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments, click here.

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Information provided by Bolivar Chamber of Commerce.

 

For additional information contact: Gail Noggle, Executive Director – Economic Development Alliance – Bolivar and Polk County,  at (417)328-5811 or (417)292-8292 or by email at gnoggle@bolivar.mo.us.