Other Resources

The following additional resources will help make your business thrive: Film Production Tax Credit– The Missouri Film Commission offers a Film Production Tax Credit to qualified film production companies. U.S. Department of Agriculture– offers numerous resources for financing and support.  You may wish to contact your County Extension Center for more information. Small Business Administration– offers numerous loan programs to assist small businesses Grants.gov– tells you how to find & apply for competitive Federal grant opportunities. GovLoans.gov– is the gateway to information on loans granted by or guaranteed by the federal government. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance– offers assistance in numerous categories.  Not all of this material pertains to businesses.

Import

Importing products can be facilitated by referring to the following resources: Importing into the United States: A Guide for Commercial Importers– by the U.S. Customs Service. Import Resources– offers tips on a wide variety of related subjects. Import Programs– importing programs dedicated specifically to The U.S. Department of Agriculture. Global Business Assistance– webpage providing assistance opportunities offered by the The Department of Economic Development. Import Administration– page of the International Trade Administration offers insight into unfair foreign pricing.

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. International Marketing– The Department of Agriculture provides a site which provides assistance on The Department of Economic Development has a web page on Global Business Assistance.
  1. 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
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 

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.

Workplace Safety/Health Consultation

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.

Employee Concerns

jobs.mo.gov– provides 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.

Small Business Gateway

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency provides a Small Business Gateway on their web site providing environmental information and contacts for small businesses. 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 our new MissouriBuys link  https://oa.mo.gov/purchasing open the Missouri Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVE) Information page. The list below has more information available for Veterans:
  1. The Federal government’s business portal has a page dedicated to Veteran Owned Businesses.
  2. 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.
  3. The Small Business Administration offers information through its Office of Veterans Business Development.
  4. 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.