Business and entrepreneurship

Business development assistance

Thinking of starting a business? Looking to grow your business? MU Extension Business Development specialist Willis Mushrush can help you get started. He offers counseling and educational opportunities for existing business owners and those exploring potential opportunities. Call the Howell County Extension Center at 417-256-2391 for an appointment.
Business development counseling services and educational programs (PDF)

New business start-up information

When you go to the Missouri website you can find information and resources that can help with the process of opening a new business.              Missouri Small Business Start-Up Kit offers resources and publications to get you started.


MO PTAC helps Missouri businesses obtain and perform federal, state and local government contacts. MO PTAC services are available to all Missouri businesses with emphasis on small businesses; veteran-owned small businesses; service disabled veteran-owned-small businesses; 8(a) firms; small disadvantaged businesses; woman-owned small businesses; firms in HUBZones; Minority Business Enterprises; Women Business Enterprises; and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. For more information, contact Willis Mushrush at 417-256-2391 or

State government sites

General business assistance

Link to article on Central Ozark Machine in Alton, MO: