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Missouri Business Basics

Just getting started? Here is a great place to begin!

The guides below are provided by the Missouri Small Business Development Centers. Located in a variety of cities across the state, these Centers can assist you in starting and growing your business.

These documents provide information to business owners in many areas of business planning:

  • The Basics - Provides information on the skills needed to operate a small business and some common reasons small businesses fail.
  • The Business Plan - How to put together a business plan, the written expression of a business idea and projections on markets.
  • Legal Formation - How to Information on selecting the proper business structure with a discussion of legalities and tax consideration.
  • Taxes - How to understand and meet the legal requirements of taxes imposed on businesses in Missouri.
  • Hiring Employees - Overview of what's involved in hiring and paying employees.
  • Financing Your Business - Provides information on how to obtain financial assistance.

Not starting from scratch?

Find information on the pros and cons, from the Small Business Administration, of buying a business or franchise, and how to find a business to buy check out: