Metropolitan Kansas City Small Business and Entrepreneurship Resources

Kansas City Metro Small Business and Entrepreneurship Resources


Start a Small Business

  • Meet with someone to discuss your business idea.
  • Determine if there is a market for your product.
  • Find templates and outlines for business plans.
  • Determine which legal entity is right for you.
  • Find the right registrations, licenses and permits for your industry in your community.


Find Small Business Funding

  • Determine how much money you need to start a business.
  • Find free, confidential financial advice for your business.
  • Get access to business financial classes and events.
  • Learn about your business funding options.
  • Decide which funding options are best for you.


Find Small Business Classes and Events

  • Find networking opportunities in your area.
  • Take a class where you work on YOUR business idea to get you off to the right start.
  • Learn about small business funding.
  • Take advantage of marketing lessons.
  • Determine the right methods to grow your business.


Find the Right Resource for Your Business Challenge

  • Determine what business-building resources are available for your industry.
  • Find free and low-cost business mentoring and counseling.
  • Connect with the right resource for your specific business needs.
  • Learn what organizations help businesses at your business stage.
  • Search for local support organizations that can help you start and grow a business.


Get Inspired from Kansas City Entrepreneurs

  • Find out how successful Kansas City entrepreneurs overcame their challenges.
  • Get advice from aspiring and established small business owners, as they build and grow their businesses.
  • Find out how KC entrepreneurs use Battle of the Brands, Shop Local and other opportunities to promote their businesses.
  • Read about where KC entrepreneurs find funding.
  • Find out why KC is such a special and awesome place to grow a business.


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National Resources

Too often, interactions with the government are burdensome and frustrating. From seeking out financing opportunities to learning about the latest regulations affecting them, hard-working businesses are spending too much time navigating the federal bureaucracy.



BusinessUSA implements a “no wrong door” approach for small businesses and exporters by using technology to quickly connect businesses to the services and information relevant to them, regardless of where the information is located or which agency’s website, call center, or office they go to for help. Looking forward, the more federal agencies continue to add resources to BusinessUSA to encompass the full range of business programs and services, the more we will be able to reduce the confusing array of websites that exist today. To ensure that it is oriented toward the needs of the customer, BusinessUSA will be designed, tested, and built with the active feedback of U.S. businesses. This is where you come in.

The current version of portal, has come a long way since its inception. With the help of your feedback we have added many new features and content, namely Made in Rural America Export and Investment Initiative , Microsites for States , SBIR Certification Tool, Training , FBO Open Opportunities and lots more, please take a Tour. BusinessUSA has opened new channels of communication such as call centers, email and social media. We are integrating state and local governments, as well as related private sector partners. This will help us better deliver the information you need on your own terms.

To strengthen America’s competitiveness in the global economy, businesses will need to be equipped with the best tools and information available to support innovation and job growth in the 21st century. BusinessUSA is your front door to all the government has to offer. Help us make sure it continues to evolve and grow to meet your needs. Sign up for email alerts so you can be the first to find out about changes to BusinessUSA, and use feedback features on the website to let us know what you think. BusinessUSA is designed by businesses, for businesses. Take ownership today.


Money Smart for Small Business

Money Smart for Small Business provides a practical introduction to the everyday tasks of starting and managing a business. Developed jointly by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), this instructor-led curriculum consists of 13 modules. Each module includes a fully-scripted instructor guide, participant workbook, and PowerPoint slides. These resources enable an organization to offer Money Smart for Small Business classes right away.

To order this free curriculum: Order Money Smart for Small Business.



Greg Housel, Community Affairs Specialist
FDIC Kansas City Regional Office | 1100 Walnut – Suite 2100 | Kansas City, Missouri 64105
( 816-234-8047  | *