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What Do Missouri Entrepreneurs Need to Start or Grow a Business?
By Lauren Caldwell
January 18, 2019

What Do Missouri Entrepreneurs Need to Start or Grow a Business?

What do you need when starting or growing your business in Missouri? Inspiration? Business advice? Know-how? Not even sure?

Because we talk to entrepreneurs every day through our hotline, email and social media, we know exactly what assistance Missouri business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs are looking for: startup assistance, regulatory compliance, business plan assistance, marketing and loans.

Our mission here at MOSourceLink is simple. We want to make starting a business easier by getting folks to the right resource at the right time. We do that by answering requests for assistance through the hotline (where you talk to real folks in Missouri), emails and social media and through DIY searches of The Resource Navigator (think of it like a smart database where you can punch in what type of business you’re growing, where and what your challenges are and it gives you a curated list of next-step resources). Our goal is to help you find the low and no-cost resources you need to start and grow your business in Missouri.

So you need help with funding? Depending on where you are geographically and your business lifecycle, we can point you to relevant microloan programs, angel networks or venture capitalists.

Or maybe you’re not even there yet and you need to figure out if your idea is worthy of starting a business. (Because having an idea is one thing, turning it into a business is another. It’s kinda like the difference between making a good sandwich and running a deli.). We can connect you with classes and coaches that will help you write a business plan, test your idea, research your market and find customers.

Or maybe you need help with . . . business planning, registering or licensing your business, hiring your first employee, mapping your succession or exit plan, developing your MVP or proof-of-concept . . . the challenges to running a business certainly go on and on, but rest assured, there’s help around the corner and in your community. And we help you find those relevant resources quickly, so you can get back to starting, running and growing your business.

Part of that means that we’re sharing stories of entrepreneurs and resources pretty much all the time, so that you can find the tips and inspiration you need, day, night, weekends, snow days. Here are the blogs that most resonate with our readers, Missouri business owners and entrepreneurs like you. Take a look, see if they resonate with you, and if you need more help or info, know that we’re just a phone call or email away..

This Woman Founder Started a Tech Business in Rural Missouri 

This Woman Founder Started a Tech Business in Rural Missouri
Anna of Noviqu is proof that a startup can thrive and succeed regardless of where one lives, even if it's in the middle of rural Missouri.

 

3 Things You Must Do Before Starting a New Business

3 Things You Must Do Before Starting a New Business
First-time business owners have to be prepared for the bumpy road of entrepreneurship. Don't forget to take these three steps before starting a new business.

 

What Small Businesses Need to Know about Intellectual Property Rights

What Small Businesses Need to Know about Intellectual Property Rights
Here's what small business owners need to understand when it comes to protecting their intellectual property through copyrights, trademarks and patents.

 

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Myths, Misconceptions and Mistakes of First-time Business Owners

Myths, Misconceptions and Mistakes of First-time Business Owners
Everyone has an opinion and advice on the best way to start or run a business. It's time to debunk those myths and cut to the truth.

 

Perfect Your Startup Pitch

Perfect Your Startup Pitch
So you want to pitch your business to investors? Chances are, you’re not ready. Here's what most startup founders are missing in their investor pitch.

 

Write a Killer “About Us” Page for Your Business

Write a Killer “About Us” Page for Your Business

Too often businesses don’t put enough effort into their own About Us pages. Here's how to make sure your business website is capturing customers' attention and generating sales.

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There are resources all over Missouri who will help you every step of the way and it is our mission to connect you with those organizations. Call us at 866-870-6500 or send us a message and we’ll get you squared away with a plan for the next steps you need to take to get your business where you want it to be.

 

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