Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and Gov. Matt Blunt today unveiled new features to Missouri's Business Portal that will provide entrepreneurs with efficient and cost-saving access to state government.

 

The new features to the portal allow Missouri entrepreneurs to perform self-directed searches of state permits and licenses and of city and county points of contact. These searches can be accessed directly online.


The permits section of the Missouri Business Portal provides Missourians with a listing of permits commonly required for their type of business. The city/county section allows the taxpayer to select the city or county the business is located in and receive back contact information for the city, county and health department that have jurisdiction over that address. Cities and counties have the responsibility for regulating and registering businesses within their boundaries and health departments have the responsibility for regulating eating and drinking establishments.


More than 276,000 visitors have visited the new Internet site since it was launched last year. The Missouri Business Portal provides information regarding business registration, Missouri use tax, consumers use tax, sales tax exemptions, business entity searches and information on business licenses.

 

"As a small business owner myself, I understand how burdensome it can be to go to numerous state and local agencies to get all the required business filings and permits," said Carnahan. "The Missouri Business Portal helps businesses save time, money and resources by putting all this information in one comprehensive website, and I will continue to improve this service in the future."


"The Missouri Business Portal is a great resource that is making it easier for entrepreneurs and business owners to get the information they need to start or grow their business in Missouri," Blunt said. "This Internet site is part of my administration's continuing efforts to help create a pro-jobs, pro-growth environment in our state."

 

The Missouri Business Portal is a one-stop-shop that connects small business owners with state government resources to help them start their business and maintain reporting requirements with state government. The portal is organized into four categories: Research, Register, Maintain, and Resources.