The Licensing and Business Resource Fair was created as a collaboration between the Offices of the License Collector, Michael McMillan, and the Collector of Revenue, Gregory F.X. Daly. The purpose of the event in the community is to increase accessibility and offer time flexibility for those businesses that have been delinquent in paying their taxes. This year will be the Sixth Annual Licensing and Business Resource Fair. McMillan expanded the event by merging it into another collaboration he formed last year with the St. Louis Public Schools for its Back to School and Community Empowerment Festival. Last year this festival attracted over 13,000 people.
St. LouisCity business owners have the advantage of taking care of their business affairs, while registering their children in school early, obtaining free book bags and school supplies and receive a host of free services such as health screenings, financial literacy and quality of life assistance from nearly 250 vendors in attendance.
Other city agencies joining the Licensing and Business Resource Fair are the BusinessAssistanceCenter, Health Department, Air Pollution, Personnel Department, St. Louis City Building Division, Excise Department and the Recycling Division. Banks were invited to provide supportive business services. Among the participating banks are Fifth Third, Regions and Midwest Bank Centre. Each bank will provide information offering value-added support to business owners and their families.
According to Michael McMillan, License Collector – City of St. Louis, “This collective family appeal effort helps everyone. We have wanted to be accessible and provide needed resources. Through this collaboration, we can service the entire family and communities.”
Over 300 senior citizens will be bussed to the event from senior living facilities for an intergenerational experience as part of annual Senior Citizen Town Hall Forums hosted by the St. Louis Community Empowerment Foundation (STLCEF) of which McMillan is Chairman of the Board. The seniors are given life essential information and resources provided by such agencies as the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, the St. Louis Community Empowerment Foundation, Ameren Missouri, Fifth Third Bank and the St. Louis Police Department on safety.
For those business people seeking to pay their delinquent taxes, they can come to the Concourse Level of Chaifetz Arena between 9 AM – 1 PM, Saturday, August 4. For school registration and to visit other service providers, guests can join the other attendees in the lower level floor area of the arena. No reservations are required. All activities are free.
For more information, inquirers can call 314 589-6794.