Cutting Time Cutting Red Tape
Arcobasso says if he could have taken care of the preliminary work online, it would have saved him a lot of time. He estimates that it took him around 30 or 40 hours to get everything filled out and filed. That's one of the reasons why the state launched a new website called the Missouri Business Portal.
The website has all the resources and forms people need to start a business, all in one place.
"They may or may not have been very accessible. This puts them right at surface level where you can drill down as deep as you care to, you can complete transactions online, you don't have to stop your business to go take care of business," said Daniel Ross, Missouri Chief Information Officer.
Gov. Blunt admits people were getting frustrated with all the running around they had to do. He says this new site should encourage more commerce in the state.
"One good way to encourage the creation of even more small businesses in our state, is to make the process of starting a small business as hassle-free as possible," Blunt said.
Bureaucrats have wanted such a system for several years but most of the development occurred during the past year.
"We went out and listened to small businesses around the state and one of the things they said is, 'can't you make it easier access to information about state government,'" said Robin Carnahan, Secretary of State.
Arcobasso says he thinks the website is a great start.
"Well, the people who know where to look, that will definitely save them time on the front end, may even answer their questions about whether they want to get into business or not," Arcobasso said.
The site is the combined work of six separate agencies.