Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

Living the American Dream

Do you have a big idea? Are you searching for a way to make it a reality? The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Springfield, and small businesses with innovative concepts help to build our community.

Developing a business plan, finding funding, researching the market, locating the right space and launching your business are just a few of the steps to starting a new business. But you don’t have to do it alone.

Many of the facilities in IDEA Commons can help you on your quest:

Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center

The Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center is the primary source of the entrepreneurial support in IDEA Commons, utilizing the Small Business and Technology Development Center, the Management Development Institute and many other resources that are designated the eFactory. 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.


Networking and collaboration opportunities with other tenants in IDEA Commons will allow you to brainstorm, share resources and develop more efficient practices.

Missouri State Partnership

IDEA Commons is closely tied with Missouri State University, and through this relationship, you will be able to easily recruit like-minded, progressive-thinking students and recent graduates to work alongside you as you build your organization.

Springfield Innovation, Inc

Springfield Innovation, Inc. is the entrepreneurial support arm of IDEA Commons, serving as a liaison to a network of service providers on behalf of entrepreneurs, which eliminates duplicate services and confusion. This frees up time to focus on your entrepreneurial endeavors. Due to the strong relationships Springfield Innovation, Inc. boasts, you will have access to all the resources you need to make your business successful.

Springfield Innovation, Inc. is deeply rooted in the community and is associated with members in the non-profit, educational, economic development and government realms. Through these ties, Springfield Innovation, Inc. will increase awareness of entrepreneurs’ needs, educate members of the business community on the opportunities available and develop greater client referrals.

Available locations

Once you have established your market and are prepared to move out of the incubator space, there are many locations available in IDEA Commons ideal for your expansion.

Contact for more information

Allen Kunkel Allen Kunkel

Associate Vice President of Economic Development and Director of JVIC