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Growing Your Business

GrowthSecond stage businesses are established entities that have survived the startup phase, and have the intent and capacity to grow. Grow your company with the help of business resources around planning, marketing, HR and more.

Planning Your Business

Guide your business' growth with a strategic business plan. It helps you define your direction and establish milestones for your business. If you need funding for growth, your lender will want to see your business plan.

Driving Profits through Marketing and Sales

Marketing is all about customers: knowing their needs and wants and creating the environment in which it is easy for them to buy. The Missouri SBTDC offers a great Guide to Developing a Marketing Plan. Also check out:

Attracting and Retaining the Right Employees

Your people are your company's most valuable asset. Be thoughtful in how you hire and manage your employees to support your growth.

Maintaining Permits and Registrations

Get legal and stay legal with the help of two state-run websites.

Getting Small Business Loans, Grants and Funding

Before you start fundraising, estimate how much money you'll need to grow your business and where you can find it.

Fuel Your Growth

Explore the various options for fueling your business' growth.

Innovation-Led and High-Growth Businesses

Find business resources tailored to high-growth, high-impact startups and established companies in Innovation-Led.

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  • iconStartup

    You're a member of the start-up group. Brand new to the entrepreneurial world, your ideas and energy will take you far. Welcome to the family.


  • iconMicroenterprise

    You're a member of the microenterprise group. Your small business is not only your dream job, but also gives you the flexibility to do things on your time.


  • iconMain Street

    You're a member of the main street group. Your entrepreneurial spirit brings people together, providing your customers with a more personalized service.


  • iconInnovation-Led

    You're a member of the innovation-led group. You make the revolutionary ideas that will break through the ceiling. Let our resources get you there.


  • iconSecond Stage

    You're a member of the second stage group. Faster than a speeding bullet, your business is taking off. We have the resources to help your growth and expansion.


  • iconEntrepreneurial Community

    You're a member of the eco-devs group. You're the support system of the economic, small business and community rooted in getting things started. Let's connect.