Echoing the mayor of neighboring city Ferguson, the mayor of Dellwood is adding his voice to the criticism of Gov. Jay Nixon and demanding answers in the aftermath of Monday's riots.
Mayor Reggie Jones said Dellwood was promised its business district would be protected by National Guard troopers, but he said "they failed to arrive."
While Ferguson has "gotten more attention," Jones said, his city saw the most damage and he wants to make sure his city also gets the resources it needs to recover.
One of the hurdles small businesses face is the potential loss of a sale if they don't have the infrastructure in place to accept credit card and debit card payments.
St. Louis native Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square Inc., a mobile payments device company, makes that hurdle easier to jump but he says the company has more to offer than concrete tools of the trade.
The owner of Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis was one of 15 small business owners who met with President Obama today.
Lew Prince is a member of Business for Shared Prosperity, an organization that is pushing Congress to end the Bush-era tax cuts for the top two percent.
Prince says the meeting at the White House this afternoon was unusual because no one was asking for anything for themselves.
The Third Degree Glass Factory is loaded this weekend with everything from quirky t-shirts to handmade jewelry.
Jessi Cerutti is an organizer for the Rock n’ Roll Craft Show and stands in the back of the room while a band tunes up before serenading shoppers.
She says they felt the impact of the sluggish economy for a couple of years, but attendance for the annual event, now in its ninth year, has steadily grown.
Updated at 1:10 p.m. March 22, 2011 with comment from Nixon.
Missouri is receiving $27 million in federal money to boost small business growth and job creation.
The State Small Business Credit Initiative supports state-level, small business lending programs and is part of the Small Business Jobs Act signed by President Obama last fall.
St. Louis Public Radio is a service of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.