Entrepreneurship: A Driving Force in the Economy
Entrepreneurs play a vital role in economic development as key contributors to technological innovation and new job growth. Entrepreneurs also help build local communities in ways such as providing jobs, conducting business locally, creating and participating in entrepreneurial networks, investing in community projects, and giving to local charities. Realizing both the economic and social impact of entrepreneurship, many states and local communities have implemented aggressive strategies aimed at cultivating and nurturing entrepreneurs.
The information on this website is an effort to inform Missourians about the characteristics of entrepreneurs in their communities. Information on this page can be used by workforce planners and economic developers who wish to promote entrepreneurship in their region as well as by small business owners, and individuals who wish to identify, and perhaps work with, entrepreneurs in their region. The regional profiles section of this website provides information on the characteristics of entrepreneurs at the sub-state level. Statewide profiles provide statewide information on entrepreneurs by industry, occupation, and demographic characteristics.