To increase employment growth and establish St. Louis as a place where entrepreneurs want to start and grow their businesses, Arch Grants offers startups funding in the form of grants and supports the startups as they remain or transition to downtown St. Louis. Potential recipients of the grants must submit a business plan to Arch Grants.
Entrepreneur.Com: The Online Small Business Authority
Maintained by Entrepreneur Magazine to support new business ideas and growing companies, it contains selected articles from the publication and resources for business developers. "Small Business Tools" section enables one to download ready-made business forms and search a software library; "Entrepreneur's Databases" include links to categories of franchising opportunities (fastest-growing, top new, home-based, etc).
Entrepreneur's Reference Guide to Small Business Information
The 3rd edition of a guide compiled by the staff of the Business Reference Services' Science, Technology, and Business Division, Library of Congress.
Idea Cafe: The Small Business Channel
A fun approach to serious business. Developed by successful entrepreneurs and authors of published guides on forming and running a business, they include resources, ideas, practical advice, business news, and humor to make an entertaining site.
Missouri Venture Forum
The Missouri Venture Forum provides networking opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors and business advisors.
The Riley Guide: Steps in Starting Your Own Business
The Riley Guide, by Margaret F. Dikel, is a great resource for all things employment related. This site deals with small business concerns, and includes links on funding, legal concerns, getting started, and getting help.
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
The SCORE organization is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. It is dedicated to aiding in the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. The organization offers counseling and workshops to business owners.
SmallBiz (Business Week)
A section of the Business Week web site, this resource offers tips, advice, and encouragement to small business owners in the form of articles in a number of categories, including Getting Started, Sales and Marketing, Success Stories, and more. Also includes the content of the larger Business Week site.
Small Business Administration
Official starting point for resources and programs offered by the SBA. Begins with Starting Your Business, Financing Your Business, and, Expanding Your Business. Includes links to most frequently asked startup questions (FAQs), informative articles, a startup kit, and locations of Small Business Development Centers throughout the U.S. The primary destination for seeking financing. BusinessLINC ("Learning, Information, Networking, Collaboration") site contains business plans and a mentors network.
Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center
All things tax related for small businesses and the self-employed, including tax forms and applying for a Employee ID Number (EIN) online.
A white house initiative that aims to support regional startup ecosystems throughout the country