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The Ozarks is rich in business resources to help you achieve your goals. Unless otherwise noted, the following all work with businesses in the entire OzSBI 7-county region. Here is a list of those who work with OzSBI:
Missouri State University SBTDC (Small Business & Technology Development Center) The office of the local Coordinator is located in the OzSBI building, although the main office is headquartered in Springfield, MO. The SBTDC was established to provide businesses with training, products and solutions designed to help them become part of Missouri's thriving business sector. Most services are free. For more information, or to make an appointment, call (417) 255-8789.
The Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the University of Missouri Extension in West Plains guides firms interested in doing contract business with federal, state and local governments. The office is located two blocks away from the OzSBI building at 217 Aid Ave. Most services are free. For more information, or to make an appointment, call (417) 256-2391.
SCORE is a mostly all-volunteer organization funded by the Small Business Administration (SBA) with the mission to mentor small businesses. OzSBI started a West Plains branch of the Springfield, MO chapter. Services are free. To request a visit from a SCORE mentor, go to their website and click on "Get Free Advice Now". Note that you must "register" and then fill out the form requesting help.
Missouri State University works closely with OzSBI clients and has a Small Business and Entrepreneur program that OzSBI clients are encouraged to participate in.
South Central Ozarks Council Of Governments (SCOCOG) is a non-profit that serves the many governmental bodies within the 7-county region. Their primary focus is on economic development. For small businesses, perhaps the most helpful resource they offer is a revolving loan fund with low interest and less demanding credit requirements.
Chambers of Commerce - Many towns in our 7-county region have a Chamber of Commerce. These offices can be a rich source of local information. Be sure to talk to yours. Here are those with a website: