Business Information Guide

Starting & Running a Business

    Provides more than 500 sample business plans, templates for pitch presentations, etc.
  • Mid Missouri SCORE
    This nonprofit organization offers free business counseling to entrepreneurs and templates and tools for starting or growing a business. Low-cost workshops and other services are also available.
  • Missouri Business Portal
    This government website provides information on business registration, filings, licenses and permits for doing business in Missouri.
  • Missouri Women’s Business Center
    Provides resources and support for women seeking to start or grow their own businesses. Their offerings include classes, workshops, networking opportunities, individualized business counseling and microlending.
  • Missouri Small Business Startup Guide
    The Missouri Secretary of State’s guide to starting a small business.
    The U.S. Small Business Administration provides guides on a variety of business-related subjects, links to state and local resources, a database of over 5,000 forms useful for interacting with the U.S. government, etc.
  • University of Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center
    Assists entrepreneurs with financial management, marketing, technology, and product development and provides a variety of training opportunities on starting or running a business.

Financing a Business

Local Chambers of Commerce

Local Business Associations & Directories

National Organizations

Local & Regional Business Periodicals

National Business Directories & Corporate Information

  • Reference USA
    Includes 58 million U.S. businesses and 162 million U.S. residents; useful for developing lists of potential customers, competitors and suppliers.

Business Reference eBook Collection

LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Provides both entrepreneurs and established business owners how-to information on growing and improving their business. Topics include: demographics, consumer patterns, emerging trends, utilizing the media environment, leadership and organizational skills.

Reference USA

LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Get information on millions of US businesses, searchable by a variety of criteria including business type, employee size, sales figures and geographic location.

Small Business Reference Center

LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Includes information on starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, taxes, business plans and more.