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Business and Public Management -

Business Ideas

Websites Books

Preparation is an important part of developing your business idea. Getting as much information on the type of business you want to start is key to developing an accurate business plan. The information below can help you begin your research.


This site is managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration and provides information on various industries. Some of the topics covered on this site include funding for businesses, business start-up planning, and business data and statistics.

Missouri Business Development Program
Information provided here covers what is needed to start a business in Missouri. Created by the Universtiy of Missouri Extension Services, this information includes business plans, regulations, and tax information.

Missouri Business Portal
The Missouri Business Portal was created by several Missouri agencies and officials. The website gives basic information on how to start a business in Missouri.

Missouri Small Business Development Centers
A part of the Missouri Business Development Program, information on budget sheets, narrative planning questions, and other aspects of planning a business can be found here. Try exploring the sections labeled "Evaluating Your Business Idea", "License & Regulation Checklist", or "Industry Specific Business Guides".

Missouri Secretary of State: Business Services
The Business Services Division of the Missouri Secretary of State's Office provides a website with information on business registration, a database of Missouri businesses, and business start-up details.

U.S. Census Bureau: Business & Industry
The U.S. Department of the Census website lists facts and figures about demographic information for households and businesses in the United States.

U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. SBA website provides information on business loans, business planning, an online question and answer bulletin board, and other valuable resources.

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The St. Charles City-County Library District has books in the collection devoted to starting a small business. If you are looking to start a business but are still trying to narrow down your idea, try searching the catalog with subject or title keyword using one or more of the following terms:

New Business Enterprises

Clicking on the link above will take you into the library's catalog.  Once in there, you may browse the subject listings or begin a new search.  Clicking on this link will take you out of the Business and Public Management section of our website.

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