Resources

The State of Missouri wants to help you develop your business in every way possible.  Unfortunately, funding for grants and loans are very limited.  With a little bit of ingenuity and the resources listed here, you’ll be able to get the help you need to make your business thrive.

Raising Money or Capital for Your Business

The Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide comprehensive business counseling, including assistance in finding the right type of funding for your situation. The Missouri SBDC can help prepare you to seek either debt or equity financing to fund your business strategies. They can also help you develop strategies to fund growth without seeking external funding sources.

The Missouri Catalog of State Assistance Programs provides detailed information about state grants, loans and assistance programs and how to apply for them.

The Department of Economic Development offers the Research Toolbox which lists the assistance programs offered by the State of Missouri to businesses and communities.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture web site has a great deal of information aimed at supporting agri-business in Missouri, including Financial Assistance, Inspections Licenses and Permits, and Business Development.

  1. Agri-business Development
  2. Missouri Agriculture Small Business Development Authority
  3. Financial Assistance for Producers

The State Treasurer uses a portion of the state’s investable funds to help Missouri businesses, farms, and communities grow and prosper through the BIG MISSOURI Linked Deposit Program. 

The Missouri Film Commission offers a Film Production Tax Credit to qualified film production companies.

At the Federal Government level,

  1. The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers numerous resources for financing and support.  You may wish to contact your County Extension Center for more information.
  2. The Small Business Administration offers numerous loan programs to assist small businesses
  3. Grants.gov tells you how to find & apply for competitive Federal grant opportunities.
  4. GovLoans.gov is the gateway to information on loans granted by or guaranteed by the federal government.
  5. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance offers assistance in numerous categories.  Not all of this material pertains to businesses.

Growing Your Business

The Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide comprehensive business counseling and educational workshops to help Missouri businesses. There are centers throughout the state. Find one near you at the Missouri SBDC web site.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture web site has a great deal of information aimed at supporting agri-business in Missouri

  1. Pest Management 
  2. Weights and Measures 
  3. Market Reports
  4. Agri-Missouri  
  5. Grow Native 
  6. International Marketing

The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center provides a wealth of data on the business environment of Missouri.

These boards, commissions and councils can provide assistance in specific areas:

  1. Missouri Tourism Commission
  2. Missouri Housing Development Commission
  3. Missouri Development Finance Board 
  4. Missouri Women’s Council 
  5. Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board  

The University of Missouri Extension offers several resources:

  1. University Extension Home Page 
  2. The Agricultural Electronic Bulletin Board 
  3. Missouri Alternatives Center  
  4. Missouri Watershed Information Network  
  5. Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA)  

Workplace Safety/Health Consultation

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ On-Site Safety and Health Program offers employers a no cost, confidential workplace safety and health consultation. The consultation assists employers by locating and removing existing workplace hazards, thereby reducing injuries and illnesses.

Import

Importing products can be facilitated by referring to the following resources:

  1. Importing into the United States: A Guide for Commercial Importers Microsoft Word document by the U.S. Customs Service.
  2. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a page dedicated to Import Programs.
  3. The Department of Economic Development has a web page on Global Business Assistance
  4. The U. S. Customs and Border Patrol Import Spotlight provides information and links regarding customs enforcement as it relates to importing.
  5. The Import Administration page of the International Trade Administration offers insight into unfair foreign pricing.
  6. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration Import page contains information on food and drug imports.
  7. If you want to import fish or wildlife, you’ll want to visit the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Import and Export Permits page.

Export

If you’re interested in exporting goods to another country, you’ll want to take advantage of the information available from several of our resources.

  1. The Small Business Development Centers offer an Information Page and an extensive Library on international trade.
  2. The Department of Agriculture provides a site which provides assistance on International Marketing.
  3. The Department of Economic Development has a web page on Global Business Assistance
  4. The U. S. Department of Commerce has several sites on international trade.
    1. Trade Opportunities
    2. International Trade Administration
    3. Trade Information Center
    4. Export.gov
    5. BuyUSA.gov

E-Commerce

Since you’re here on this portal, you already know the power of the Internet but, do you know how to harness that power for your business?  Our resources can help you do just that.

  1. The Small Business Development Center offers several resources including a Marketing Library listing and links to other resources such as an E-Commerce Guide.
  2. The Federal Government offers three resources:
    1. The site, Business.gov offers information on a wide variety of subjects, including e-commerce.
    2. The U. S. Department of Commerce has the E-Commerce Toolbox.
    3. For more technical information, you may want to consult the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Employee Concerns

The Jobs.mo.gov provide services for businesses and job seekers.

The Professional Registration site can help you keep your professional licensing up to date.

There are a number of tasks associated with hiring employees. View a guide to those hiring tasks

Environmental Compliance

Everyone is concerned with protecting our environment.  In business, you have two concerns; keeping the environment healthy and complying with the various environmental regulations.

In Missouri, the Department of Natural Resources has several useful offerings to help you with environmental concerns;

  1. Permit Assistant is a tool designed to help users determine what type of environmental permit they need and the forms to apply for these permits
  2. The Department's publication page helps you decide if you need to apply for a permit and how to do it.
  3. The Online Services (eServices) page provides a list of online services provided to customers of the Department of Natural Resources.
  4. The Small Business Assistance Program assists small businesses in their effort to comply with air regulations
  5. The Community Assistance Office helps provide the most effective and efficient resources to the public.

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency provides a Small Business Gateway on their web site providing environmental information and contacts for small businesses.

Veterans in Business

If you're a veteran or member of the reserve components who is in business or considering starting your own business, you may wish to take advantage of the programs listed here.

  1. The Missouri State Treasurer's office offers the BIG Missouri Linked Deposit Program for veterans or their spouses who operate a farm or small business in Missouri.
  2. The Federal government's business portal has a page dedicated to Veteran Owned Businesses.
  3. The Veteran's Administration Center for Veterans Enterprise provides up to the minute information from the Federal Government as it pertains to Service Disabled and Veteran Owned Small Businesses.
  4. The Small Business Administration offers information through its Office of Veterans Business Development.
  5. Patriot Express loans are available to veterans, spouses of veterans and active duty members transitioning to civilian life through the Small Business Administration.
  6. For a broad range of assistance available to all individuals starting and growing a business, visit the Small Business Development Centers.

Other resources may be available from commercial or volunteer organizations. Please use caution and do your research before committing to any program of this nature.


Good Luck!  We hope to help you grow your business into a profitable endeavor.