State Steering Committee

State Quick Facts

Dave Griggs

Owner, Dave Griggs’ Flooring America

Chris Lohmann

Owner, Heartland Forest Consulting

Ray McCarty

President, Associated Industries of Missouri

John Pennington

Savoy Properties

Wally Pfeffer

Sales & Service Representative, Mutual of Omaha

Linda Ragsdale

Owner, BrandMe! Media

Dan Shaul

Executive State Director, Missouri Grocers Association

Jim Wright

President, Kirkwood Chamber of Commerce


The Show Me State


Jefferson City

2016 Population:


Gross State Product:

$300.8 billion

Total Nonfarm Employment:



Eric Greitens (R)


Claire McCaskill (D), Roy Blunt (R)



Support For Local Business

Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO): “Families and workers in Missouri and nationwide are still struggling to find good-paying jobs. Washington needs to get serious about passing real solutions to create more economic opportunity and certainty for businesses to invest, hire, and grow jobs.

(Senator Roy Blunt, “NFIB Honors Senator Blunt With ‘Guardian Of Small Business’ Award,” Press Release, 9/18/14)

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO): “Small businesses — which create two out of every three American jobs — are an engine for job growth that we’ve got to support and sustain.”

(Senator Claire McCaskill, “Sen. McCaskill right about small business job creation,” PolitiFact, 3/17/17)

Business Highlights

Missouri’s 5515,227 small businesses represent 99.4% of all employers in the state and employ 1.1 million workers.

Women-owned businesses make up 162,600 of Missouri small businesses.

Veteran-owned businesses make up 49,100 of Missouri small businesses.

A total of 6,089 companies, which operate internationally, competing in global markets on a daily basis for inputs, capital, and customers, export from Missouri .

Missouri exports totaled $14 billion in 2016, with products and services going to over 190 countries.

Ten Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the Show Me State.

Sources: Small Business Administration, U.S. Census Quickfacts, Business Roundtable, International Trade Administration, Fortune 500, FRED Economic Data, Bureau of Labor Statistics