Business development

University of Missouri Extension business specialists provide assistance to business owners, existing and prospective, on topics associated with successfully starting and managing a small business. Assistance is provided for business licensing, planning, marketing, management, financing, etc. Business specialists provide one-on-one consultations, workshops, seminars and referral to online or printed materials.

Local resources

MO Small Business & Technology Development Centers

Small Business & Technology Development Center at
Missouri Southern State University

Plaster Hall, Room 107
3950 Newman Road
Joplin, MO  64801

Missouri Small Business Start-Up Kit offers resources and publications to get you started.


MO PTAC helps Missouri businesses obtain and perform federal, state and local government contacts. MO PTAC services are available to all Missouri businesses with emphasis on small businesses; veteran-owned small businesses; service disabled veteran-owned-small businesses; 8(a) firms; small disadvantaged businesses; woman-owned small businesses; firms in HUBZones; Minority Business Enterprises; Women Business Enterprises; and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. For more information, contact Traci Baldwin at 660-747-3193 or

Business resources for Missouri

State government sites

Other business-related links

General business assistance