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Brewer Science delivers innovative material, process and equipment solutions for lithography, advanced packaging, MEMS, nanotechnology, optoelectronics, and compound semiconductor applications.

Monsanto (HQ St. Louis) is an agricultural company producing leading seed brands, in-the-seed trait technologies, and herbicide.

Construction and engineering

ARCO Construction (HQ St. Louis) provides design-build, construction management, tenant improvement, and general contracting services.

Burns & McDonnell (HQ Kansas City) is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm.

Emery Sapp & Sons Inc. (Columbia, Kansas City, and Springfield) offers a diverse range of services including residential and commercial site construction, sewer and water line construction, paving, excavating and road construction.

Hunt Midwest (HQ Kansas City) is a diverse real estate development and mining company founded on the principles of innovation and growth.

J.E. Dunn Construction Company (HQ Kansas City) offers general construction services, construction management, and design/build services throughout the US.

Mark One Electric Co., Inc. (HQ Kansas City) is an electrical contractor offering a range of vital support services including design/build construction, estimating, engineering, pre-construction coordination, project management and architectural design

McClure Engineering Associates, Inc. specializes in engineering for building and campus systems. Founded in 1953, McClure focuses on design, as well as field-engineering services.

Olsson Associates (Kansas City and Springfield) offers comprehensive engineering and design solutions for public and private infrastructure projects.

Owens Corning is a global company that develops and produces insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. It was formed in 1935 as a partnership between two major American glassworks, Corning Glass Works and Owens-Illinois.

SCI Engineering (HQ St. Louis) provides geotechnical and construction services to architect and engineering design professionals. Over the past 33 years, capabilities have been added in environmental, natural resources, and cultural resources to provide a full suite of consulting services, to better meet the needs of our clients. 

Economic development

Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri Illinois Metropolitan District (St. Louis) doing business as Metro, the agency provides regional economic development through excellence in transportation.

Blue Springs Economic Development promotes business development and investment in the City of Blue Springs, Missouri.

Branson Chamber of Commerce (Branson) provides leadership for the continued development of a viable economic and environmental climate in the Branson area.

Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce strives to be the lead advocate for business, serve as the primary catalyst for a vibrant economy that stimulates and retains jobs, and be the champion to create strong communities for the Cape Girardeau region, resulting in an enhanced quality of life.

City of Republic is a city in Christian and Greene Counties in the southwest part of Missouri.

Clinton Economic Development supports business development in Clinton, the seat of Henry County in West Central Missouri.

Columbia Regional Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) supports business development and economic growth in Columbia.

Development Strategies (St. Louis) guides clients to make profitable decisions regarding their economic, community, and real estate needs. 

Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Kansas City was created in 1987 to manage the efforts of six statutory redevelopment agencies, and to serve as Kansas City, Missouri’s link to business and the economic development community. 

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce seeks to continuously improve Kansas City's business environment by educating business leaders and members of the community.

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce has been the voice for business in the Joplin area since 1917.

Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) is a private, non-profit organization charged with representing the economic interests of the entire two-state, 18-county region of Greater Kansas City.

Kirksville Regional Economic Development, Incorporated (K-REDI) has been working to bring more business opportunities to the Kirksville area since 2003.

Lebanon Regional Economic Development Incorporated (Lebanon-REDI) is a not-for-profit, 501c(6) corporation organization that was formed in 2004 to be the economic development organization for Lebanon and Laclede County.

Missouri Chamber of Commerce (Jefferson City) Missouri's largest and most influential business association representing more than 3,000 employers who provide more than 425,000 jobs for Missourians.

Missouri Community Betterment (Clinton) designed to help Missouri communities enhance their life through overall community development, planning and implementation.

Missouri CORE Partnership is a nonprofit economic development agency representing 4 mid-Missouri counties: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, and Cole.

Missouri Department of Economic Development (Jefferson City) works through a variety of programs to ensure the economic vitality of the state by creating and retaining jobs and investment.

Missouri Development Finance Board (Jefferson City) administers a range of financing programs for Missouri business, local governments and state agencies; issues taxable or tax-exempt industrial revenue bonds or notes; provides market rate or low-interest loans and grants to political subdivisions to fund public infrastructure improvements.

Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC) is the authoritative voice on economic development and related issues in Missouri. A statewide, nonprofit association of economic development professionals and community leaders, MEDC has been the unified voice of Missouri economic developers since 1979.

Moberly Area Economic Development is dedicated to economic development in Randolph County, Monroe County, Howard County and Moberly Missouri.

Neosho Area Business and Industrial Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, voluntary organization of the business community.

Perry County Economic Development is a not-for-profit economic development organization which works with expanding and relocating companies who are considering a location in the greater Perryville Missouri area.

Platte County Economic Development Council promotes, enhances and grows economic development in Platte County, MO.

Regional Business Council is a consortium of the Presidents and CEOs of 100 of the St. Louis region’s largest mid-cap companies.

Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce acts as the primary catalyst in promoting the economic health of the Springfield area, stimulating jobs and improving the quality of life.

St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce has been the catalyst for economic growth and development in northwest Missouri since its inception in 1862 as the Board of Trade of St. Joseph. The Chamber's mission, supported by over 1,000 members, is to create an environment that allows business to succeed and the community to prosper.

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership is committed to maintaining a vibrant, diverse community with abundant opportunities for businesses and individuals alike. 

St. Louis Regional Chamber connects business and civic communities in the 16-county, bi-state region.

Taney County Partnership is a public-private partnership that coordinates and facilitates the development of a strong, diversified and competitive economy in Southwest Missouri’s Taney County. 

Financial services

Bank of America offers consumer and small business banking, credit cards, and asset management. Bank of America has locations across Missouri.

Central Bank and Central Bancompany (HQ Jefferson City) offers personal and business banking solutions as well as a travel agency, an insurance agency and trust and investment services.

Community Bank & Trust (HQ Neosho) operates as a bank that provides business banking, online banking and personal and real estate loans.

DFC Group (St. Louis) is a comprehensive fee based financial planning and investment management company.

Edward Jones (HQ St. Louis) provides financial services for individual investors and businesses in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

First State Bank and Trust Company (HQ Caruthersville) was founded in 1934 and offers personal and commercial banking services. 

Martin Financial Group (HQ Kansas City) a family-owned financial services practice providing financial planning, securities sales, and investment advisory services.

Missouri Bankers Association (Jefferson City) was founded in August of 1891 during a gathering of bankers in Lebanon. Membership includes commercial banks and savings and loan associations representing over 2,000 banking locations and over 30,000 bank employees in the state of Missouri.

RMI (HQ Jefferson City) is a financial resource for improving the economic well-being of individuals, businesses and communities. For more than 25 years RMI has been recognized as a 504 Loan Program leader.

Rockwood Asset Management is a solutions based strategic investment firm providing high quality investment grade securities and products for institutional investors. Rockwood also provides capital to innovative entrepreneurs, developers, and businesses with specialized funding solutions.

Scottrade (HQ St. Louis) is one of the largest online brokerages in the United States.

Veterans United Mortgage (HQ Columbia) Veterans United's specialists are industry-leading experts in VA home mortgages and undergo extensive training about VA eligibility and the loan process.

Wells Fargo Advisors (HQ St. Louis) is one of the nation's premier financial services firms. Its brokerage business is represented by more than 15,000 Financial Advisors nationwide and was born out of the Wells Fargo & Company's 2009 acquisition of Wachovia Corporation.

Health care

CoxHealth is a five-hospital, 860 bed health system headquartered in Springfield, Missouri. It serves a 25 county region of Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas.

Express Scripts, Inc. (HQ St. Louis) is one of the largest pharmacy benefits management (PBM) companies in North America.

Mosaic Life Care is a physician-led life care organization that not only treats diseases and conditions, we improve lives.

Higher education

Crowder College (Neosho) is a two-year community college serving the Junior College District of Newton and McDonald counties in southwestern Missouri.

The Missouri Community College Association is an individual membership organization dedicated to professional development and advocacy for community college students, faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees.

Missouri State University (Springfield) is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs. Our purpose is to develop fully educated persons with a focus on ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.

Missouri Southern State University (Joplin) serves almost 6,000 students in nearly 200 academic programs and MSSU's outstanding NCAA Division II athletics programs.

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla), formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla, is one of the world's leading technological research universities.

Missouri Western State University is a public, co-educational university located in Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States. The school enrolls 6,010 undergraduate students and 124 graduate students.

Ozarks Technical Community College provides affordable and accessible general, health and technical education.

Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau) is a public university offering over 200 areas of study, including undergraduate degrees, master's degrees and a cooperative Ed.D. program with the University of Missouri.

State Technical College of Missouri (Linn) is a small, Midwestern community college dedicated to the development of the potential of each student.

University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg) is a four-year public institution serving more than 12,000 students from 49 states and 59 countries.

University of Missouri System (Columbia) was the first publicly supported institution of higher education established in the Louisiana Purchase territory.


Hamra Enterprises (Springfield) includes five companies with 3,000 employees in four states. The companies include Wendy's of Missouri, Inc., Chicago Bread, LLC, SJH Hotels, LLC, and Jade Properties with various real estate holdings in Missouri, Illinois, Massachusetts and Texas.


The Boeing Corporation (St. Louis) The Boeing Company is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets and satellites.

Ford (Kansas City) operates one of the largest manufacturing facilities in the world in Kansas City, producing the Mazda Tribute and Ford F-150. 

Hallmark Cards, Inc. (HQ Kansas City) designs, manufactures, and distributes greeting cards and related products.

Meramec Electrical Products (HQ Cuba) is the preeminent manufacturer of bushing current transformers for the high-voltage circuit breaker and large power transformer markets.

Noranda Aluminum Inc. (New Madrid) is a primary aluminum smelter and also includes a fabrication facility that converts molten aluminum into value added products such as rod, extrusion billet and foundry ingot.

Orscheln Products supplies the world with innovative solutions. Established in 1946, Orscheln Products has built a reputation as the leading global supplier of motion control systems.


World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT) (St. Louis) is a systems integration company founded by David Steward and Jim Kavanaugh in July 1990. WWT provides technology and supply chain solutions with a focus on the enterprise commercial, public and telecom service provider sectors. The company provides planning, procurement and deployment of IT products and solutions.


High Aspirations (Kansas City) serves the social, emotional, academic and spiritual needs of African American males ages 8 to 18.

Missouri Energy Initiative (MEI) (Jefferson City) is a nonprofit association of public and private sector entities unitied together with the sole purpose  of enhancing and improving energy-related activities in the State of Missouri.

Professional services

Armstrong Teasdale (HQ St. Louis) offers legal advisory services, with practice areas that include administrative law, alternative dispute resolution, antitrust, appellate, banking and financial services, bankruptcy and creditor's rights, government affairs, securities, taxation, technology, trademarks, transportation, trusts, and estates.

BKD (HQ Springfield) a top-tier U.S. CPA and advisory firm with more than 2,000 dedicated professionals located in 32 offices throughout 12 states.

Carmichael & Neal, P.C.: (Springfield) has earned a solid reputation for providing the highest quality legal services. The firm has over three decades of experience in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate, Real Estate, and Business Law.

Gilmore & Bell (HQ Kansas City) is one of the leading public finance law firms in the United States.

Husch Blackwell LLP is a litigation and business services law firm with attorneys in offices in 16 cities.

Initiatives, Inc. was established in 2005 in response to the growing need for strategic business development services for a variety of organizations.

Kit Bond Strategies (KBS) is a business development and consulting firm.

Lathrop & Gage LLP (HQ Kansas City) provides legal advisory services in practice areas that include agribusiness, business litigation and dispute resolution, environmental, health care, intellectual property, immigration, and international trade.

Missouri Employers Mutual is Missouri's #1 provider of workers compensation insurance.

Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C. (St. Louis) is a law firm of over 100 attorneys, serving clients primarily in the areas of business, business litigation, health law, and products liability.

Thompson Coburn (HQ St. Louis) provides legal advisory services in focus areas that include bankruptcies, restructuring, corporate finance, business and mass litigation, class action, employee benefit and workers compensation, intellectual property, taxation, and estate planning.

White Goss is a Kansas City law firm specializing in land use and zoning, real estate, and business transactions.


Ingram’s Magazine (HQ Kansas City) is a monthly publication covering the business community of Greater Kansas City, including a business relocation guide.


BNSF Railway is the second-largest freight railroad network in North America.

Kansas City Southern (HQ Kansas City) is an international transportation holding company comprised of three primary railroads: The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR), Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM) and Panama Canal Railway Company (PCRC). 

Norfolk Southern operates 20,000 route miles in 22 states and D.C., supports international trade with service to every major Eastern seaport, 10 river ports, and nine lake ports, and operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East.

Union Pacific operates North America's premier railroad franchise, covering 23 states in the western two-thirds of the United States. The UP facility in DeSoto, Mo. is one of Union Pacific’s three major freight car repair facilities. Kansas City is the site of a major freight classification yard. UP also operates terminals in St. Louis, Sedalia, Jefferson City and Poplar Bluff.

Real estate

Missouri REALTORS (Columbia) advocates for real property rights in Missouri, delivers comprehensive risk management programs and services and connects members through various media and events.

Newmark Grubb Zimmer (HQ Kansas City) provides real estate services individually tailored to fit specific needs.

Spinnaker Commercial Realty


St. Louis Cardinals are one of the most decorated and successful teams in MLB history.


Enterprise Holdings (Clayton) is the parent company of car rental companies Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, Alamo Rent a Car and Enterprise CarShare.

Southwest Airlines is a major U.S. airline and the world's largest low-cost carrier.


Electrical Connection IBEW Local #1 (St. Louis) St. Louis is honored to be the birthplace of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Since IBEW Local One's establishment as the first local chartered by the International Union, the local has played a crucial role in the progress of the St. Louis region and in the advancement of the IBEW.

IBEW #124 (Kansas City) is an electrical workers union.

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #562 (St. Louis) has grown to include 4500 members who serve the plumbing and mechanical industry in 67 counties in Eastern Missouri.

Sheet Metal Workers Local #36 (St. Louis) is an affiliate of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association with membership in the AFL-CIO and the Canadian Labor Council, encompassing the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, Eastern Missouri, and Columbia, Jefferson City and Springfield, Missouri.

UAW Region 5 represents workers in the auto industry as well as aircraft manufacture and other industries in the U.S.


Ameren (HQ St. Louis) supplies electric and gas services, primarily to Missouri and Illinois.

Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. (HQ Springfield) provides reliable wholesale power generation and transmission to six regional and 51 local electric cooperative systems in Missouri, northeast Oklahoma and southeast Iowa that serve about 875,000 customers.

AT&T is one of the world's largest, public communications holding companies. AT&T has locations across Missouri.

City Utilities of Springfield is a progressive, community-owned utility serving southwest Missouri with electricity, natural gas, water, broadband and transit services.

Empire District Electric (HQ Joplin) is an investor-owned, regulated utility providing electric, natural gas (through its wholly owned subsidiary The Empire District Gas Company), and water service, with approximately 215,000 customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

KCP&L (HQ Kansas City) is a full-service energy provider for the Kansas City metro and rural areas in northwestern Missouri and eastern Kansas.

Spire Energy is a public utility holding company based in St. Louis, providing natural gas service through its regulated core utility operations while engaging in non-regulated activities that provide business opportunities.

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