About Us

East Missouri Action Agency has long been an advocate for entrepreneurs, providing training through programs like Bootstrap and Operation JumpStart. Through our work with entrepreneurs and small businesses, we knew access to capital to grow small businesses was a barrier for startups and existing businesses to grow.

At a professional development conference over two years ago, we had the opportunity to see how we could provide more assistance and make a much larger impact on our local economies. The vision for SEED$ was born. We have worked tirelessly since then to deliver what the community said they needed:

  • Access to Capital

  • Small business training and assistance

  • Resources close to home

Thanks to the generosity and dedication of our partners in the region, such as St. Francois County Industrial Development Authority, First State Community Bank, New Era Bank, The Bank of Missouri, US Bank, Iron County Economic Partnership, US Department of Agriculture, local chambers of commerce, and our parent, East Missouri Action Agency, our vision has been made possible.

On May 15, 2014, we held an Open House to celebrate the opening of our offices in downtown Park Hills, Missouri. We began seeing potential and existing business owners and taking loan applications. Let us help your business thrive. Let us help you get, keep and grow customers.

Ask us how helping your business helps you and your neighbors.

We cannot wait to meet you!


Board of Directors

Denis Moore, Chairman

Sarah Thurman

Brent Gant

Kraig Sutherland

Tim Harbison

Jim Thompson

Tami White

Dan Wichmar