The Robert W. Plaster Center for Free Enterprise and Business Development welcomes big thinkers and those with an entrepreneurial spirit. Being your own boss is the American dream, but making all the necessary plans, finding funding and making the leap to the entrepreneurial status can be difficult. The goal of this Center is to provide a one-stop shop for new small businesses by providing resources, giving guidance and assisting with start-up activities.
In 2009, the University purchased the former Willow Brook Facility, and in 2010 the University received a seven-figure gift from the Robert W. Plaster Foundation that led to the naming of the facility.
Due to the Center's proximity to innovative research and development in the other IDEA Commons facilities, you will find the assistance you need at your fingertips. This downtown environment, filled with innovators, researchers and creators like you, establishes a network and an atmosphere perfect for the growth of your business.
The Robert W. Plaster Center for Free Enterprise and Business Development houses many resources for entrepreneurs in an area designated as The eFactory, which assists entrepreneurs in any stage of the business planning process and through the exhilarating start-up phase. The eFactory features 20,000 square feet of leasable space, including 150 square foot offices, 550 square foot office suites and 800-2,500 square foot labs and manufacturing space.
Beginning Fall 2013, the Plaster Center will also house the University’s cooperative engineering program with Missouri University of Science and Technology, offering programs in both Civil and Electrical Engineering.
405 N. Jefferson Ave.
Springfield, MO 65806
Director of the Small Business & Technology Development Center
Associate Vice President of Economic Development and Director of JVIC