Business Assistance Links

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A number of business assistance sites are available, with information on workforce issues, licensure, financial information, and more.   Here are resources you may find helpful in operating a Missouri business.

Business Center on CareerOneStop
Information on hiring, training and retaining a strong workforce.
eBenefits: Employment Center for Employers
eBenefits is developed to consolidate and simplify veterans’ access to online federal employment and other veterans-related resources.The website also provides employer access to a database of several thousand resumes from veterans and their spouses.
Missouri Business Portal
Select this option for business registration, filings, licenses, and permits in Missouri.  Do your own research, using The Missouri Business Portal.  This site offers a variety of resources aimed at helping you start a business.
Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC)
Find industry, salary, and job trend information is available online, as well as other demographic information for your region or the state of Missouri.
Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DOLIR)
As partners in workforce excellence, DOLIR administers the Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program, as well as Unemployment Insurance Tax, Workers Compensation, On-Site Safety and Health Consultation, Contractors Guide Book, and much more.
MIssouri Division of Labor Standards - Youth Employment
The Missouri Division of Labor Standards closely works with Missouri employers, parents and school superintendents to ensure young workers are safe and healthy while on the job.
Missouri Department of Social Services-Employer Reporting
Employers are required to report newly hired employees within 20 calendar days,as part of the 1996 "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act," and Missouri’s corresponding law Sections 285.300-285.308, RSMo. New hire reporting helps children receive the support they deserve, via child support income withholding order processes and locating parents for establishment of paternity and child support orders. Employers serve as key partners in ensuring financial stability for many children and families. 
Missouri Department of Revenue Small Business Web Page
This page is designed to assist small businesses in complying with Missouri tax requirements including information to research tax requirements for your business, register the business with the Department, ongoing requirements for filing and paying tax in the State; and Access to additional state resources.
Missouri SourceLink
The Missouri SourceLink can provide personalized business assistance.
Missouri Department of Agriculture
The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s website provides information, resources and assistance for agricultural employers, including certification and licensing and business services.
O'Net Online
Select this option to find detailed descriptions of the world of work.
Service Corps of Retired Executives:  SCORE
SCORE members are trained to serve as counselors advisors and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. These services are offered at no fee, as a community service.
SizeUp-Business Analysis Tool
New web tool of the Small Business Administration. This online program provides a relatively easy way for small business owners to discover ways to benchmark success, map their competition, and see advertising recommendations based on customized analysis. 
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The official business link to the U.S. Government with information and services based on your unique business needs:  *Find local resources, *Explore programs and services, *Achieve your business goals.
Small Business Administration Toolkit
Contains free online resources available through SBA to support new entrepreneurs.  Entrepreneurs can gain knowledge and skills necessary to build a successful business by taking advantage of free and low cost online training available through the Toolkit.
State Vendor Website and MBE/WBE status info
Information for businesses interested in becoming a Missouri State Vendor, including information on eligibility and benefits of certification as a Minority Business Enterprise or Women Business Enterprise.