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Six Steps for Successful Startups

Evaluate your idea
Take the time to find out if your idea is viable. Is there a market? Are there competitors?

Take a class
Basic “starting a business” classes cover finance, legal structure, marketing, planning  and other topics that can get you off to a good start.

Meet with a counselor
After you take a startup class, a meeting with a counselor can help you clarify your ideas and your plans. 

Plan your business
A good business plan that keeps you focused can mean the difference between success and failure. 

Get registrations, licenses and permits
You will need to go through several steps to make sure your business is registered appropriately.

Find a business location
Location, location, location…pick the right one!

Find counseling and other services by using
which will link you to the right resource in Missouri.

If you are starting a nonprofit, click on Resources for Nonprofits.