Starting a Business in West County? Take Advantage of These Resources:
- Ballwin Zoning and Building Permit and Inspection Information and Forms
- Ellisville Zoning and Applications
- Manchester Zoning
- Village of Twin Oaks Permit and Forms
- Valley Park Zoning and Permit Information
- Wildwood Planning and Zoning Information
Each of the cities within the West St. Louis County area operate independently and vary in requirements for opening and operating a business within their community. All businesses are required to obtain a business license and/or permits.
For the IRS site for small businesses: http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/index.html
For information on licensing and taxes: Missouri Department of Revenue
For information on starting a business: Small Business Administration
For Missouri Census and Demographics: http://www.oseda.missouri.edu/uic/
For Missouri School Demographics: http://services.dese.state.mo.us/basictab.html
For information on events, places to see: Missouri Tourism
The West St. Louis County business community is a unique blend of small to mid-size businesses, retail, manufacturers and corporate offices. Economic development has flourished in the county because of well-timed annexations and an environment that encourages new business and growth.
In Ballwin and Manchester, many of the several hundred small stores and services are owned and operated by local residents. Doctors, dentists, attorneys and other business professionals enjoy the convenience of living and working within West St. Louis County. A number of banks, insurance agencies and financial services are also located in this area.
Valley Park has a mix of small to medium-size businesses with everything from restaurants to retail stores and a growing industrial presence. Ellisville represents a mix of larger corporate offices, light industrial sites, and smaller retail and service establishments.
The primary component of Wildwood’s Master Plan is the Town Center Area-the hub of commerce within the community. This area is designed according to New Urbanist standards, which seek to incorporate pedestrian friendly developments within a mixed use area of business and residential. Wildwood actively seeks commerce ventures that are eager to establish within the unique structure of the Town Center Plan.
The major highways in the West St. Louis County area are lined with beautifully designed office complexes and business parks. The Highway 40 corridor from I-270 to west of Highway 141 has over 3.2 million square feet of office space. The Manchester Road and I-270 intersection has an additional 1.8 million square feet.
The West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce brings members of the business community together. It promotes networking and economic development through a variety of programs and events throughout the year, including Business Card Exchanges, monthly membership meetings, Power Networking event, a Business Expo & Networking Social, Casino Night, legislative forums, educational seminars, and an annual Trivia Night.
Local Business Education
Fontbonne University – Eckelkamp College of Global Business and Professional Studies, Business Administration Programs
St. Louis Community College – Business Administration Programs
Webster University – George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, One Year MBA Program
Washington University in St. Louis – Olin Business School, Specialized Masters Programs