WHEREAS, the creation of more
and better job opportunities for Missourians at all skill levels
and in all regions of the state is a top priority for balanced
economic development; and
WHEREAS, small businesses employ
almost fifty percent of all working Americans in the private,
non-agricultural workforce; and
WHEREAS, the greatest increase
in new jobs in Missouri will come from the establishment of
new and the expansion of existing small businesses in the agricultural,
manufacturing, retail, service and tourist sectors of the economy;
WHEREAS, the retention of existing
employment in Missouri greatly depends upon the resourcefulness
of small businesses to adopt new technologies and cope with
complex regulatory requirements; and
WHEREAS, the success of new small
businesses will significantly depend upon their ability to secure
adequate capital and affordable operating space; and
WHEREAS, scientific and technical
advances which flow from research and academic institutions
can be applied to the development of new and existing small
WHEREAS, cooperation between
state and local governments, financial institutions, business,
labor, and research and academic institutions provides the most
effective means for channeling resources to create new jobs
throughout the state,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN ASHCROFT,
GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority
vested in me by the Constitution and laws of Missouri hereby
create and establish the Missouri Small Business Advisory Council.
The Council shall be composed
of 14 members appointed as follows: 1 member of the Council
shall be a member of the House of Representatives and appointed
by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to serve for
the remainder of his current term of office; 1 member shall
be a member of the Missouri Senate and appointed by the President
Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate, to serve for the remainder of
his current term of office; and 12 members shall be appointed
by the Governor. The 12 members appointed to the Council by
the Governor shall be residents of Missouri and they shall be
actively engaged in a small business operating in Missouri,
or be involved in the affairs of an association interested in
the needs of small business, or be employed by an educational
institution in a capacity which makes the appointee familiar
with the workings of small business.
All members appointed by the
Governor to the Missouri Small Business Advisory Council shall
serve for terms of four years; except that, of the members first
appointed, four shall be appointed for terms of four years,
four shall be appointed for terms of three years, and four shall
be appointed for terms of two years. No member of the Council
shall receive any compensation for the performance of his official
duties as a member of the Council. The Department of Economic
Development shall provide staff to the Council to aid the Council
in the performance of its duties.
The Council may study and recommend
action on the following items and any others which it determines
to be appropriate for the advancement of small business in Missouri:
1. A definition of small business using criteria
of the federal Small Business Administration but subject to
modification based upon the particular problems and needs of
2. Methods for small businesses to obtain credit at reasonable
rates, receive necessary training and technical assistance,
and secure affordable locations for their operations.
3. Improvements to the state's current "one-stop shop" program;
particularly in the areas of aiding small businesses to obtain
licenses and permits, helping small businesses to understand
federal, state and local regulations, and assisting small
businesses with contract procurement.
4. Ways in which the state can assist in the coordination
of services provide by Missouri and the federal government
under the SBA's Small Business Development Center Act of 1980.
5. Assistance which the Missouri Corporation for Science
and Technology can provide to small business initiatives in
the areas of research and innovation and through technology
6. Addressing special problems and needs which are faced
by small businesses which are owned and operated by minorities
7. Enhancement of export trade possibilities for Missouri
8. Development of seed and early-stage financing for fledgling
small businesses, including the possible use of state pension
funds as a venture capital pool.
9. Tailoring of the Missouri Industrial Development Board's
loan guarantee program to better dovetail with the interests
of small businesses.
The Council shall organize itself
by selecting a chairman and a vice-chairman, each of whom shall
serve in their respective positions for a term of two years.
The Council shall adopt written procedures to govern its activities.
It shall meet at least four times per year, and on other occasions
when so called by the chairman.
The Council shall report annually
to the governor, to the General Assembly, and to the Director
of the Department of Economic Development on its activities
and on the results of its studies. Its report shall include
recommendations on legislation, policy changes and other matters
offered to ease the problems of small businesses and to foster
their continued participation in the economic development of
This Executive Order shall be
effective January 1, 1986.
|| IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my
hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State
of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 26th day
of November, 1985.
||[John Ashcroft's signature]
[Roy D. Blunt's signature]
SECRETARY OF STATE
Governor's Executive Orders documents are available on this website in the .pdf format. In order to view or print them, you must have Adobe Reader installed on your computer. To download a free copy of Adobe Reader, click on the icon below.
NOTE: If you are experiencing problems opening PDFs using IE8, please place the mouse over the selected PDF, right-click then select Open in New Tab or Open in New Window.