SBA’s Business Guide lists the requirements needed to start, grow, and expand your business. Since laws and taxes vary by state, here’s what you need to do before starting your business in our area. If you need small business information for the state of Missouri, visit the Doing business in the St. Louis District page.
Business name and registration
Register your business name with the county clerk where your business is located. If you are a corporation, you will also need to register with the Secretary of State.
Business licensing and zoning
Licenses are typically administered by a variety of state and local departments. It is important to consider zoning regulations when choosing a site for your business. You may not be permitted to conduct business out of your home or engage in industrial activity in a retail district.
Health and safety
Learn more about SBA's 7(a) loans, 504 loans, and microloans that you can use for your business.
Describe your business needs and get matched with an SBA-backed lender in your area.
View 7(a) and 504 lending activity reports from our district.
Additional local resources
Download our guide to SBA resources
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