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Secretary of State’s Office Sends aid to Preserve Records for Joplin Small Businesses

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is sending staff to Joplin to help small businesses recover lost registration documents. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.

The staff traveling to Joplin work for the Business Services and the State Archives’ Local Records Preservation Program.

Secretary of State Spokesperson Laura Egerdal says there will be a number of things the office will be able to do to help the Joplin area business owners.

“All businesses in the state have to have documents showing that they are properly registered and if there are businesses in the state who have lost those documents or need new document copies in order to secure loans or rebuild, we can provide new copies of their business paper work for free,” Egerdal says.

The Business Services Division will also be able to register new companies to do business in the Joplin area.

Egerdal says the State Archives’ Local Records Preservation Program will be available to help residents with some of their personal records that have been damaged.

“If there are documents or other important items such as books and photographs that may have been exposed to the elements or got wet then recovered at a later date and need to be dried or need to be cleaned, we have experts that can provide information on how to do that and make sure that the documents are recovered in the best possible shape,” Egerdal says.

Joplin business owners and residents in need of assistance can meet with the Business Services Division or State Archives at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.

For KSMU News, I’m Matthew Barnes.