Category Archives: Capitol Profiles

Secretary of State Jason Kander seeks to lower fees, enables more electronic filing

Jason Kander knows it’s not easy being an entrepreneur and small business owner. So, as secretary of state, he is trying to ensure that at least the first steps toward business success are as painless as possible. Kander’s office recently revamped their form filing process, allowing businesses to electronically file nearly all government-required paperwork — including the initial business formation

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Sen. Ron Richard—from alley cat to Senate lion

Growing up in Joplin, State Senator Ron Richard had plenty of opportunities to learn about the hard work required to run a business. His parents, Carl and Norma, owned a bowling alley. Ron, his three brothers, and one sister were all expected to help. Richard remembers cleaning, doing maintenance work, repairing equipment, and even helping run the operation when he

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Rep. Dave Hinson dishes on being a small business owner

State Representative Dave Hinson knows there are a lot of misconceptions about small business owners out there. “There’s this idea that if you own a business, you’re automatically rich,” Dave says. “That’s not true at all.” Dave Hinson and his wife, Heather, own two small businesses: Papa Murphy’s pizza in Washington and All Seasons Lawn and Garden in St. Clair.

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