UMKC Innovation Center partners with the university and the community to spark and sustain entrepreneurial efforts within our region and across the country.

KCSourceLink connects KC entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

MOSourceLink connects Missouri entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

Whiteboard2Boardroom connects entrepreneurs and businesses to technologies available for licensing.

Digital Sandbox KC provides early-stage proof-of-concept support for digital products.

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center provides technical assistance to startup and existing businesses.

ScaleUP! Kansas City helps businesses with revenues around $200K scale toward their first $1 million.

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers helps local businesses obtain government contracts.

KCInvestED helps investors learn more about investing in KC startups.

SourceLink® helps communities nationwide build vibrant and vital entrepreneurial ecosystems.
UMKC Innovation Center

Guide: Start a Business  Part Five

Register and License Your Business in Missouri

Ready to start a business in Missouri? You’ll want to make sure your business is legal. Below, you’ll find the six steps you need to take to make sure you have the registrations, licenses and permits for your new business.

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So what’s required and who has to do it?

Let’s get started with your first six steps: 

  1. Decide on your business structure
  2. Register with the Missouri Secretary of State
  3. Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  4. Register for Missouri business taxes
  5. File paperwork to hire employees
  6. Check for city and county licenses and permits, and obtain industry licenses

Now let’s break these steps down.

1. Decide on your business structure.

All businesses must determine a legal organization that defines the rights and liabilities of participants in the business’s ownership, control, personal liability, lifespan and financial structure.

There are different forms of business organization:

  • Sole proprietorship –The vast majority of small businesses start out as sole proprietorships. These firms are owned by one person, usually the individual who has day-to-day responsibility for running the business.
  • Partnership - In this organization, two or more people share ownership of a single business. Like sole proprietorships, the law does not distinguish between the business and its owners.
  • Limited liability company (LLC) - An LLC is designed to provide the limited liability features of a corporation and the tax efficiencies and operational flexibility of a partnership.
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) – A limited liability partnership provides limited liabilities to the partners where each partner is not responsible or liable for the other partner’s actions of negligence.
  • Corporation - A corporation is considered by law to be a unique entity, separate and apart from those who own it. A corporation can be taxed, sued and enter into contractual agreements.

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2. Register with the Missouri Secretary of State.

Protect your business name by making it legal. To register a business name, contact the Secretary of State for application forms and filing requirements.

Check on the availability of your business name by searching the Secretary of State’s online database. For sole proprietors using a name other than your own, register the name of your business with the Secretary of State by filing a Fictitious Name Registration.

To register a business name for a sole proprietorship or general partnership in Missouri:

  • Sole proprietors using their own name do not need to register their business name.
  • Check on the availability of your business name by searching the Secretary of State’s online database.
  • Sole proprietors using a name other than their own, need to register the name of the business with the Secretary of State by calling (573) 751-4153 or filling out the Fictitious Name Registration form.
  • If a partnership is doing business under a name other than the owners’ true names, a fictitious name filing must be made with the Secretary of State and renewed every five years. It is also recommended that a partnership agreement be written.

To register a Corporation, LLC or LLP, contact the Secretary of State's office for application forms and filing requirements.

3. Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN).

Employers with employees, business partnerships and corporations must obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Even if you are a sole proprietor and don’t have employees, it is still good practice to obtain an EIN. It can be used in place of your personal Social Security Number to protect against identify theft. You may also need it to file government forms and banks often require it when applying for loans.

Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) online.

4. Register for Missouri business taxes.

Now that you have a legal business, it’s time to pay your Missouri business taxes. Contact the Missouri Department of Revenue to complete tax forms based on your business activity including products sold and used in your business. There are tax assistance offices across the state of Missouri providing services for business owners including volunteer-based tax preparation.

You can also register with the Missouri Department of Labor simultaneously if you will have employees.

5. Ready to hire employees?

If you are hiring employees you will definitely need to file for a federal employer identification number or EIN for tax filing and reporting purposes. (Some banking institutions also require an EIN when applying for funding.) You will also need to register with the Missouri Division of Employment Security for unemployment tax purposes. For a deep dive on what to do if you are employing people, read the State of Missouri Employer’s Tax Guide.

You may also need to carry coverage for Workers Compensation Insurance. Check to see if you are required to carry coverage at Missouri Division of Workers Compensation.

6. Check for city/county licenses and permits.

The state may require additional licenses or business registration paperwork to be completed. It is also important to check with your local city clerk office where you intend to do business to determine licensing requirements.

Some professions, occupations or activities require special licenses or certifications. Research industry licenses to find out if your industry has any special requirements. The Missouri SBTDCs also offer a guide to licenses and permits that includes where to find out information on Occupational Licenses. Finally, check with the Missouri Division of Professional Registration.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture maintains information about licenses and permits specific to agriculture.

Tap these organizations to get help with registrations, licenses and permits

These Resource Partners can help you figure out what you need to do to set up your business legally in your town or city. Head over to The Resource Navigator to further filter your search by business industry, zip code/city/distance and/or specific need.

 

Adrian City Clerk Office

The Adrian City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Adrian, MO.

Advance City Clerk Office

The Advance City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Advance, MO.

Alba City Clerk Office

The Alba City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Alba, MO.

Alma City Clerk Office

The Alma City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Alma, MO.

Alton City Clerk Office

Anderson City Clerk Office

The Anderson City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Anderson, MO.

Andrew County Collector

Licensing your Business with Andrew County

Annapolis City Clerk Office

The Annapolis City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Annapolis, MO.

Appleton City Clerk Office

The office of City Clerk for the City of Appleton City provides clerical, record keeping and administrative functions to the City Council. The Appleton City Clerk also works with licensing and permits in Appleton City, MO.

Arcadia City Clerk Office

The Arcadia City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Arcadia, MO.

Ashland City Clerk Office

The Ashland City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Ashland, MO.

Aurora City Clerk Office

The Aurora City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Aurora, MO.

Auxvasse City Hall

The Auxvasse City Clerk works with the finances, meetings, ordinances for the city.

Ava Department of Development

The Ava Department of Development works with licensing and permits in Ava, MO.

Bates City Clerk Office

The Bates City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Bates, MO.

Battlefield City Clerk Office

The Battlefield City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Battlefield, MO.

Belle City Clerk Office

The Belle City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Belle, MO.

Benton City Clerk Office

The Benton City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Benton, MO.

Bertrand City Clerk Office

The Bertrand City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Bertrand, MO.

Bethany City Clerk Office

The Bethany City Clerk works with licensing, permits, customers services, billing, cutoffs, attends meetings and minutes in Bethany, MO.

Birch Tree City Clerk Office

The Birch Tree City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Birch Tree, MO.

Bismarck City Clerk Office

The Bismarck City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Bismarck, MO.

Blackburn City Clerk Office

The Blackburn City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Blackburn, MO.

Bland City Clerk Office

City Clerk is responsible for licensing, permits, minutes and records, water and sewer billing, accounts receivable and accounts payable. Court Clerk is responsible for maintaining all court records and payments.

Bloomfield City Clerks Office

The Bloomfield City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Bloomfield, MO.

Bloomsdale City Clerks Office

The Bloomsdale City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Bloomsdale, MO.

Bonne Terre City Clerk Office

The Bonne Terre City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Bonne Terre, MO.

Bourbon City Clerks Office

The Bourbon City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Bourbon, MO.

Brashear City Clerks Office

The Brashear City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Brashear, MO.

Braymer City Clerks Office

The Braymer City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Braymer, MO.

Breckenridge City Clerks Office

The Breckenridge City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Breckenridge, MO.

Browning City Clerks Office

The Browning City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Browning, MO.

Bucklin City Clerks Office

The Bucklin City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Bucklin, MO.

Buffalo City Clerks Office

The Buffalo City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Buffalo, MO.

Burlington Junction City Clerks Office

The Burlington Junction City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Burlington Junction, MO.

Butler City Clerks Office

The Butler City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Butler, MO.

Cabool City Clerks Office

The Cabool City Clerk works with licensing, permits, and utilities in Cabool, MO.

Cainsville City Clerks Office

The Cainsville City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Cainsville, MO.

Calhoun City Clerks Office

The Calhoun City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Calhoun, MO.

Cameron City Clerk's Office

The Cameron City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Cameron, MO.

Canton City Clerk Office

The Canton City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Canton, Mo.

Cape Girardeau Development Services

The City of Cape Girardeau understands the importance of business investment in the community. Whether you are looking to locate your business in Cape Girardeau or expand an existing business, Cape Girardeau's Development Services can help. The city offers assistance with procuring the necessary licenses and permits to operate a business in Cape Girardeau. The Development Services office offers assistance with zoning and land use information. Either the City or the area economic development agency, MAGNET, may provide data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census to assist businesses in determining new markets and strategies. The city also offers assistance through a variety of available development tools to select businesses, with emphasis on projects which include downtown development, Brownfield development, rehabilitation of historic structures, development within the enhanced enterprise zone and projects that generate net new jobs to the area. Each project is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Centerview City Clerk Office

The Centerview City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Centerview, MO.

Chesterfield Department of Planning and Development Services

The Department of Planning and Development Services at the City of Chesterfield is a resource for local entrepreneurs to help grow and expand their businesses.

Child Care Aware® of Eastern Missouri

Child Care Aware® of Missouri is affiliated with Child Care Aware® of America, the nation’s leading voice for child care and ensures that families in every community have access to quality, affordable child care.

Child Care Aware® of Missouri

Child Care Aware® of Missouri assists families and child care professionals statewide so that Missouri children have access to quality, affordable child care.

Child Care Aware® of Western Missouri

Child Care Aware® of Missouri is affiliated with Child Care Aware® of America, the nation’s leading voice for child care and ensures that families in every community have access to quality, affordable child care.

City of Albany

The City of Albany is committed to providing support and opportunity to entrepreneurs and business start-ups as well as established business expansion and retention services.

City of Atlanta

The Atlanta City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Atlanta, MO. We also provide Notary services. Our office is also the location of Municipal Water services.

City of Aurora

The City of Aurora works to promote economic development opportunities.

City of Barnett

The Barnett City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Barnett, MO.

City of Brookfield

The City of Brookfield offers business planning services including licensing and permits in Brookfield, MO.

City of Kansas City, MO-KCBizCare

KCBizCare is a division of the City of Kansas City, Missouri City Manager's Office. KC BizCare is a free business resource, advocacy and information center for new and existing businesses operating within the City.

City of Mexico, Missouri

The Mexico City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Mexico, Missouri.

Clarkton City Clerk Office

The Clarkton City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Clarkton, MO.

Claycomo Village City Clerk Office

The Village of Claycomo City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Claycomo, MO.

Clinton City Clerk Office

The Clinton City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Clinton, MO.

Corder City Clerk Office

The Corder City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Corder, MO.

Country Club Village City Clerk Office

The Village of Country Club City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Village of Country Club, MO.

Craig School of Business - Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship exists to train, mentor and support entrepreneurs. Our staff will provide one-on-one business coaching and connect clients to needed programs and resources.

Deepwater City Clerk Office

The City Collector of Deepwater Office works with licensing and permits in Deepwater, MO.

Dixon City Clerk Office

The Dixon City Clerks Office works with licensing and permits in Dixon, MO.

Doolittle City Clerk Office

The Doolittle City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Doolittle, Mo.

Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), the Innovation Center provides easy access to many services needed by start-up businesses such as business counseling, training, and access to US SBA programs and services.

Downtown Council of Kansas City

The Downtown Council is your one-stop resource for opening a business in Downtown Kansas City providing research and development and ombudsman services.

Duquesne City Clerk Office

The Duquesne City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Duquesne, MO.

Edgar Springs City Clerk Office

The Edgar Springs City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Edgar Springs, MO.

efactory

The efactory is an entrepreneurship center designed to assist startup and growth in new small businesses and continuing education and training in mature organizations.

Ellsinore City Clerk Office

The Ellsinore City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Ellsinore, MO.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV)

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans is a multi-phase program for post-9/11 veterans and a passion for launching new businesses. The results-based program is led by experts in the areas of disability employment and self-employment who present a tailored curriculum that reflects the unique needs, challenges and opportunities confronting veterans.

Fair Grove City Clerk

The Fair Grove City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Fair Grove, MO.

Fayette City Clerk

The Fayette City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Fayette, MO.

Galt City Clerk Office

The Galt City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Galt, MO.

Gideon City Clerk Office

The Gideon City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Gideon, MO.

Gladstone Economic Development Department

The Gladstone Department of Economic Development department is dedicated to improving the economic welfare of Gladstone, Mo.

Grandview Chamber & Economic Development Council

The Grandview Chamber exists to serve, protect and promote area business.

Grant City, City Clerk Office

The Grant City, City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Grant City, MO.

Hallsville City Clerk Office

The Hallsville City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Hallsville, MO.

Hardin City Clerk Office

The Hardin City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Hardin, MO.

Harrisonville City Collector

The Harrisonville City Collector works with registration and licensing in Harrisonville, MO.

Harrisonville Economic Development

Provide assistance to parties interested in investing in, or locating in Harrisonville, MO.

Hartville City Clerk Office

The Hartville City Clerks Office works with licensing and permits in Hartville, MO.

Hispanic Economic Development Corporation

The Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is dedicated to improving the lives of Latinos within the greater Kansas City. HEDC achieves this through business development and economic and community wealth creation initiatives.

Holcomb City Clerk Office

The Holcomb City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Holcomb, MO.

Hollister City Clerk Office

The Hollister City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Hollister, MO.

Holt County

The Holt County Clerk's office is a point of contact for anyone requesting governmental information or contacts for Holt County.

Holts Summit City Clerks Office

The Holts Summit City Clerks Office works with licensing and permits in Holts Summit, MO.

Huntsville City Clerk Office

The Huntsville City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Huntsville, Mo.

International Institute of St. Louis - Small Business

Provides a wide variety of services to linguistically and culturally disadvantaged business owners; including business loans for immigrants and refugees, a Credit builder Loan, among other services.

Jennings Department of Finance

The Jennings Department of Finance works with licensing and permits in Jennings, MO.

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation operates two small business development centers. The Joseph Newman Innovation Center and the Advanced Training and Tech Center offer co-working space and dedicated office space and business resources for regional start-ups.

Joplin City Clerk Office

The Joplin City Clerk works with the Mayor and City Council

Kearney City Administrator Office

The Kearney City Administrator Office works with licensing and permits in Kearney, MO.

Laredo City Clerk Office

The Laredo City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Laredo, MO.

Laurie City Clerk Office

The Laurie City Clerk's office provides records, ordinances, licenses, permits and financial information for the City of Laurie, Missouri.

Lexington City Clerk Office

The Lexington City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Lexington, MO.

Linn Creek City Clerk Office

The Linn Creek City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Linn Creek, MO.

Lone Jack City Clerk Office

The Lone Jack City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Lone Jack, MO.

Madison City Hall

The Madison City Hall works with licensing and permits in Madison, MO.

Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

The Department works with businesses regarding unemployment, workers' compensation, workplace safety, wage and hour, discrimination, mine and cave safety, and bargaining units for public employees.

Missouri Department of Revenue, Tax Assistance Center, Springfield

The Springfield Tax Assistance Office is comprised of tax experts who are available to provide assistance with business tax registration, no tax due issues, accepting payments, and accepting completed returns.

Missouri Department of Revenue, Tax Assistance Center, St. Louis

The St. Louis Tax Assistance Office is comprised of tax experts who are available to provide assistance with business tax registration, no tax due issues, accepting payments, and accepting completed returns.

Missouri Enterprise

As a non-profit manufacturing extension partnership center, we help manufacturers solve challenges, drive innovation, and increase sales and productivity.

Missouri SBDC at Northwest Missouri State University - St. Joseph Center

The SBDC offers confidential, one-on-one consulting to existing & emerging businesses as part of their agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Missouri SBDC at Lincoln University

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University - West Plains

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri SBDC at Missouri University of Science and Technology

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri SBDC at North City Business Development Center

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri SBDC at State Fair Community College

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri SBDC at University of Missouri Columbia

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri SBDC in St. Louis

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri SBDC in St. Louis (Market Street)

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri Secretary of State, Jefferson City

The Missouri Secretary of State's Office, Secretary of State John Ashcroft, offers a variety of information useful to business owners. The Secretary of State's office provides the necessary information and forms to register a business in the state as well as information pertinent to corporations, LLCs and sole proprietorships.

Missouri Secretary of State, Springfield Branch Office

The Missouri Secretary of State's Office, Secretary of State John R. Ashcroft, offers a variety of information useful to business owners. The Secretary of State's office provides the necessary information and forms to register a business in the state as well as information pertinent to corporations, LLCs and sole proprietorships.

Missouri Secretary of State, St. Louis Branch Office

The Missouri Secretary of State's Office, Secretary of State John R. Ashcroft, offers a variety of information useful to business owners. The Secretary of State's office provides the necessary information and forms to register a business in the state as well as information pertinent to corporations, LLCs and sole proprietorships.

Missouri Women's Business Center

The Missouri Women’s Business Center (MoWBC) provides resources, support and networks for women seeking to start or grow their own businesses. We specialize in free one-on-one counseling and training for local entrepreneurs.

Mound City, City Clerk Office

The Mound City Clerks Office works with licensing and permits in Mound City, MO.

New Florence City Clerk Office

The New Florence City Clerk works with licensing and permits in New Florence, MO.

New Franklin City Clerk Office

The New Franklin City Clerk works with licensing and permits in New Franklin, MO.

New Melle City Clerk Office

The New Melle City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in New Melle, MO.

Nixa City Clerk Office

The Nixa City Clerks Office works with licensing and permits in Nixa, MO.

Norborne City Clerk Office

The Norborne City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Norborne, MO.

North Central Missouri Business Facilitation

To facilitate entrepreneurial development in the north central Missouri counties of Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Grundy, and Harrison.

North Central Missouri Development Alliance

To foster economic growth and development for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in the North Central Missouri region.

Norwood City Clerk Office

The Norwood City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Norwood, MO.

O'Fallon City Clerk Office

The O'Fallon City Clerk works with licensing and permits in O'Fallon, Mo.

Osage Beach City Clerk Office

The Osage Beach City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Osage Beach, Mo.

Osceola City Clerk Office

The Osceola City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Osceola, MO.

Pacific Economic Development Director

The Pacific Economic Development Director works with licensing and permits in Pacific, MO.

Parma City Clerk Office

The Parma City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Parma, MO.

Perryville City Clerk Office

The Perryville City Clerks Office works with licensing and permits in Perryville, MO.

Pevely Deputy City Clerk Office

The Pevely Deputy City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Pevely, MO.

Pilot Grove City Clerk Office

The Pilot Grove City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Pilot Grove, MO.

Platte City Area Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Council

The Platte City Area Chamber of Commerce/EDC provides networking opportunities, entrepreneurial support and business retention and expansion services for the Platte City, MO Area.

Qulin City Clerk Office

Raymore City Clerk Office

The Raymore City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Raymore, MO.

Raytown Office of Economic Development

The City of Raytown has initiated an aggressive economic development effort emphasizing small business development, business recruitment and business retention. The program provides real estate site selection, incentive attainment and general ombudsman services.

Rich Hill City Clerk Office

The Rich Hill City Clerks Office works with licensing and permits in Rich Hill, MO.

Rock Port City Clerk Office

The Rock Port City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Rock Port, MO.

Russellville City Clerk Office

The Russellville City Clerks Office works with licensing and permits in Russellville, MO.

Southern Boone Economic Development Council

Southern Boone Economic Development Council's mission statement is To unite individuals, businesses, educational partners, civic organizations and government leaders in collaborative efforts to improve the quality of life for area residents by encouraging a stronger economic base in the greater Ashland area. Ashland is one of the fastest growing communities in Missouri. We would love to show you Ashland and Southern Boone County.

St. Joseph City Clerk

The Customer Service division is responsible for billing and collection of all, but not limited to, the following permits and fees: Alarm permits Business licenses City permits Health permits Lease agreements Liquor licenses Parking tickets

St. Louis Community College

For more than 40 years, St. Louis Community College has been the premier provider of education and workforce training for the citizens and businesses of the St. Louis area.

St. Robert City Clerk Office

The St. Robert City Clerk works with licensing and permits in St. Robert, MO.

Stockton City Clerk Office

The Stockton City Clerk office works with licensing and permits in Stockton, MO.

Strafford City Clerk Office

The Strafford City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Strafford, MO.

Sunrise Beach City Clerk Office

The Sunrise Beach City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Sunrise Beach, MO.

Sunset Hills City Clerk Office

The Sunset Hills City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Sunset Hills, MO.

Taney County Collector

The Taney County Collector issues business licenses for Taney County.

The BALSA Foundation

The BALSA Foundation’s mission is to promote social equity and prosperity in the St. Louis region by empowering first-time entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. We fulfill this mission by (1) maintaining an online, step-by-step guide to starting a business, (2) providing free feedback from experts to anyone with a business idea, (3) providing cash grants, mentorship, and donations of professional services to first time entrepreneurs who need and will benefit from them the most. Our vision is a St. Louis community that embraces first time entrepreneurship as a gateway to social change.

The LearningForce

The LearningForce offers a diverse schedule of noncredit continuing education courses for personal enrichment, professional development and workforce training solutions for business, industry and the individual.

Tipton City Clerk Office

The Tipton City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Tipton, MO.

Trimble City Clerk Office

The Trimble City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Trimble, MO.

Truesdale City Clerk Office

The Truesdale City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Truesdale, MO.

UMSL Accelerate - University of Missouri-St. Louis

UMSL Accelerate is the innovation and entrepreneurial resource for students, faculty and the community. Our vision is to serve as a catalyst for developing our students, faculty and community to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation. Our mission is to foster a community of thought leaders by providing a vibrant ecosystem to Educate (curriculum), Innovate (co-curriculum), and Collaborate (community programming).

University of Missouri - School of Law - Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship (CIPE)

The Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship (CIPE) is comprised of nearly a dozen faculty members at Mizzou's law school. The center's faculty are thought leaders in the area of law and innovation. CIPE hosts an annual symposium.

University of Missouri - School of Law - Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (ELC)

The Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (ELC) provides legal assistance to take startups from concept to capitalization. The ELC is a course where upper level law students get hands-on experience under the supervision of an experienced, licensed attorney.

University of Missouri-Kansas City - Law School - Legal Technology Laboratory (LTL)

Multi-institution consortium, administered by UMKC, to facilitate development and testing of prototypes of new technologies or combinations of technologies at intersection of law, technology, and entrepreneurship (commercial, social, or civic).

University of Missouri-Kansas City--Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation is a projects-based course in which interdisciplinary teams of Law, MBA, Engineering and sometimes other students collaborate on the development of a business plan for a startup venture. The innovation the student teams work with are brought to the course by Project Providers who "pitch" their innovations to the students and faculty.

Urban Empowerment Development Corporation

uEDC Mission: uEDC is a community development corporation dedicated to empowering people to impact their community.

Urich City Clerk Office

The Urich City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Urich, Mo.

Vandalia City Clerk Office

The Vandalia City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Vandalia, MO.

Versailles Mayor's Office

The Versailles City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Versailles, MO.

Veterans Business Resource Center

Free assistance to honorably discharged veterans, transitioning military and military families with preparations to self-employment or business expansion.

Veterans Business Resource Center, KC Satellite

Free assistance to honorably discharged veterans and existing military with preparations to self-employment or business expansion.

Vienna City Clerk Office

The Vienna City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Vienna, MO.

Warrensburg City Collector Office

The Warrensburg City Collectors Office works with Sewer Utility Billing, Business, Liquor and Dog licensing in Warrensburg, MO.

Waynesville City Clerk

The Waynesville City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Waynesville, MO.

Webb City Economic Development Office

The Webb City Economic Development Office is available to assist entrepreneurs wishing to establish a business in Webb City, Missouri.

Wellington City Clerk Office

The Wellington City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Wellington, MO.

Willard City Clerk Office

The Willard City Clerk Office works with licensing and permits in Willard, MO.

Windsor City Clerk Office

The Windsor City Clerk works with licensing and permits in Windsor, MO.

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