Communities

Joplin Metro

Starting and growing a business isn’t easy. But accessing resources and guidance can be.

What You Need, When You Need It

Get the assistance you need through no-cost 1:1 business consulting, mentor networks, office hours and on-demand programming. We’ve worked closely with leaders in the Joplin Metro to put everything you need to know about getting started in one centralized place. We’re here to help you get supercharged!

Watch Expert-Led Content On-Demand

Check out training designed for businesses in our region – all at no cost to you!

Meet 1:1 With a Business Consultant

Expert business consultants with the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University offer 1:1 business consulting at no cost to business owners. Schedule a quick, 10 minute introductory call to learn how we can help.

Get Feedback from Business Mentors

Our mentorship program is designed to provide honest and practical feedback based on personal experience, not just business theory. Mentorship meetings are free and open to everyone. All information shared in mentorship meetings is confidential. 

Mentorship meetings are 30 minutes in duration and are held virtually.

Marketing, Administration, Communication

Leadership, Culture, Human Resources

Accounting, Management & Entrepreneurship

Business Strategy & Product Growth

Tech Commercialization & Financial Analysis

Business Strategy, Analytics, Marketing & Product Design

Business Law & Regulations

Leadership, Management & Sustainability

Visit with Professionals During Office Hours

Legal
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Husch Blackwell

Attorneys JP Barker and Chris Peterson host legal office hours and can speak to a variety of legal questions business owners may have.

Human Resources, Business Insurance & Employee Benefits
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Higginbotham

Managing Director at Higginbotham, Chase Marable, hosts office hours to answer your questions regarding business insurance including employee benefits, workers’ compensation, property, liability, auto, cyber and any other coverage(s) that would be applicable to your operation.

Insperity HR

Insperity

Business Performance Advisor, Ricky Vanderpool, and Insperity host office hours to answer questions regarding Human Resources, Payroll, Employee Benefits, and People Strategy.

Accounting, Business Lending & Financing

ARVEST BANK

Experts from Arvest Bank host office hours focused on simplifying the lending process and improving your company’s financial health.

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The Bank of Missouri

Experts from The Bank of Missouri host office hours focused on business lending and financing.

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FORVIS

Experts from FORVIS host office hours focused on accounting and finance.

Joplin Business Resources

City of Joplin

The City of Joplin is excited to work with entrepreneurs and business owners to create jobs and support economic vitality. Check out these resources for businesses looking to start or grow in Joplin.

Jasper County Merchant License

TheJasper County Collector administers Merchant Licenses to appropriate businesses or persons in Jasper County.

State Sales Tax License

The Missouri Department of Revenue administers sales tax licensing. The state office is located in Jefferson City. Their website has a lot of helpful information and their phone number is (573) 751-2836.

Microlending for Small Businesses

Learn more about microlending programs that are available to small businesses in southwest Missouri.