The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. Women’s Business Center (formerly Grace Hill Women’s business Center) was founded in 1999 as an economic development initiative within Grace Hill Settlement House. It is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is dedicated to providing micro-business development for aspiring entrepreneurs, with a primary focus on minority women in the community. Partnering with other institutions and community organizations, the Center is able to offer a variety of programs and services to further individuals’ aims of entrepreneurship. The WBC offers comprehensive services to support all stages of entrepreneurship, 1:1 business counseling, where new business owners can vet their ideas, and seminars/speaker series.

The WBC’s parent organization, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc., works in partnership with neighbors and stakeholders to identify the social and economic challenges in North and South St. Louis, and establish families and communities that are strong and self-sustaining. The Urban League serves more than 100,000 clients each year in St. Louis and the Metro East through a multitude of services including Head Start/Early Head Start,  workforce development,  housing assistance, utility assistance, and employment services.

The Women’s Business Center is central to the Urban League’s mission, which is to develop the skills of residents, and to create opportunities for their personal advancement and for the economic well-being of their community. The Women’s Business Center offers and provides services on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals.