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Section 5.3

(Updated January 2006)

In addition to commercial sources, the region has a variety of business assistance programs. The following is a list of assistance that are available to new and expanding business' and industries.

Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC)
4 Industrial Drive, St. James, MO 65559, missourimeramecregion.org or meramecregion.org
Phone: 573-265-2993, Fax: 573-265-3550, E-mail: bprigge@meramecregion.org
This council of local governments assists businesses in a variety of ways. Services include business loans, census and employment data, community and economic development specialists, grant writing and grant administration.

Meramec Regional Development Corporation Revolving Loan Fund
c/o MRPC, 4 Industrial Dr., St. James, MO 65559
Phone: 573-265-2993, Fax: 573-265-3550, E-mail: cconnell@meramecregion.org
This fund provides low-interest loans to help finance industrial start-ups, expansions, or retentions when the full amount of financing is not available from private lenders.

Missouri Enterprise Assistance Center
1706 E. Tenth Street, Rolla, MO 65401
Phone: 573-341-0117, Fax: 573-341-0135
Established in 1987, Missouri Enterprise is a not-for-profit business assistance center offering business planning and assessment, product development and market research.

Central Ozark Private Industry Council
1202 Forum Drive (In the Forum Plaza), Rolla, MO 65401
Phone: 573-364-7030, Email: cstroburg@copic.ext.missouri.edu
COPIC oversees job training programs sponsored by the Workforce Investment Act.

Rolla Regional Economic Commission
1706 E. 10th Street, Rolla, MO 65401
573-341-0123, ebax@rollaecodev.org
The RREC strives to bring business and industry into the Rolla area.

Missouri's Fort Leonard Wood Region
197 Replacement Ave., Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
573-329-8505, rselfors@missourienterprise.org
MFLWR was founded in 1995 to help local Pulaski County cities and schools prepare for the population increase that would come with the move of the Army's Chemical and Military Police Schools from Fort McClellan to Fort Leonard Wood. Since the move, MFLWR has expanded to become a multi-county organization focused on economic growth of the entire Fort Leonard Wood region. MFLWR is a not-for-profit organization which gets its funding from its member cities, co-ops, school districts and private business.

Missouri Business Assistance Center—Missouri Department of Economic Development
P.O. Box 118, 301 W. High St., Room 720, Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 1-888-751-2863, E-mail: businesscenter@ded.mo.gov
This division of state government directs business-assistance programs for firms of all sizes. It has published the Starting a New Business in Missouri as a thorough guide for firms wanting to expand in the state. MBAC serves as a centralized point of contact for state requirements to do business in Missouri. Informational packets can be customized to meet your particular business needs.

MST Industrial Assessment Center - Missouri University of Science and Technology
Dr. John William Sheffield, Director. 192A ME Building, MST, Rolla, MO 65409
Phone: 573-341-6073, E-mail: sheffld@umr.edu
http ://www.umr.edu/~iac
The Missouri University of Science and Technology Industrial Assessment Center facilitates energy efficiency, process improvement, and waste minimization for small- and medium sized manufacturing facilities in Missouri and Eastern Illinois. MST-IAC is funded by the Department of Energy (DOE). Overall project management is provided by the contractor, the University City Science Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach - Missouri University of Science and Technology
Keith Strassner, Executive Director, 111 U.S. Bureau of Mines Bldg. #1, 1300 N. Bishop, Rolla, MO 65409
Phone 573-341-4690, Fax 573-341-6579
This center specializes in helping small businesses access current information on technologies and markets. The staff can assist businesses with market-related issues, industry trends, technological problems, also patent and trademark questions.

University Outreach and Extension
The mission of University Outreach and Extension—in partnership with the University of Missouri campuses, Lincoln University, the people of Missouri through county extension councils, and the Cooperative State Re- search, Education and Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture—is to serve Missouri by ex- tending the research-based knowledge and problem-solving resources of the University of Missouri and Lincoln University to focus on high-priority needs of people throughout the state. This effort is integral to the land-grant university mission. An office is located in each county of Missouri. The contact addresses and phone numbers for each county follows:

Crawford County
202 Main St.
PO Box 190
Steelville, MO 65565
Phone 573-775-2135
Fax 573-775-5363
Maries County Courthouse
PO Box 116
Vienna, MO 65582
Phone 573-442-3359
Fax 573-422-3269
Pulaski County Courthouse
301 Historic 66 E., Suite 127
Waynesville, MO 65583
Phone 573-774-6177
Fax 573-774-5601
Dent County
Judicial Building
112 E. Fifth St.
Salem, MO 65560
Phone 573-729-3196
Fax 573-729-3537
Osage County Courthouse
PO Box 795
Linn, MO 65051
Phone 573-897-3648
Fax 573-897-4694
Washington County Courthouse
113 N. Missouri, Suite A
Potosi, MO 63664
Phone 573-438-2671
Fax 573-438-3068
Gasconade County
1106 W. Hwy 28
Owensville, MO 65066
Phone 573-437-2165
Fax 573-437-6738
Phelps County
Phelps County Courthouse
200 N. Main, Suite G-08
Rolla, MO 65401
Phone 573-458-6260
Fax 573-458-6264

Service Corps of Retired Executive (SCORE)
Ozark Gateway Chapter 438, 1486 Glassey Road, Cuba, MO 65453
Phone: 573-885-4954, www.score.org
Score is a volunteer association, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, which matches volunteer business management counselors with present and prospective small business owners in need of expert advise. SCORE volunteers are either retired or active business owners or managers.

U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC)
8235 Forsyth Blvd., Suite 520, St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: 314-425-3304, Fax: 314-425-3381
USEACs are one-stop shops that provide small and medium-sized businesses with hands-on export marketing and trade finance support, working closely with state, federal and local public and private organizations to provide the highest level of service possible to help American businesses compete in the global market place. USEACs are a partnership of the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Small Business Administration, the Export-Import Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Source: Meramec Regional Planning Commission Survey, January 2006

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