Resources for Starting A Business

All businesses need some form of license or permit to operate within a community. The license or permit may be required from the local, state and/or federal level. Depending upon your particular business, you may need to contact several different agencies to obtain the necessary permits to operate. 

City of Liberty

The City regulates certain types of businesses to maintain the health, safety and general welfare of the community. To operate a business in Liberty you must have a City issued business license. Learn more» 

Clay County

All businesses, except those with an exempt status, must register with the Clay County Assessor's Office. You access and print a Business Personal Property Registration Form, fill it out and send it in to the assessor's office or go to the Assessor's office and submit it in person.

If your business is offering food, please contact the Clay County Public Health Department who is responsible for regulating the county's Food Code and issuing Food Permits.

State of Missouri

The State of Missouri has established a Missouri Business Portal that is a single point of contact and information for business registration, filings, licenses and permits in order to do business within the State of Missouri.

Small Business Development Resources

There are a number of resources for businesses like how to start a business,  how to train your employees and applying for a low interest loan. These are just a few.

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KC SourceLink: KCSourceLink helps aspiring startups and established small businesses find the right business resource to start, scale or accelerate.

Address: 4747 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816.235.6500 or 866.870.6500
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Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA offers general and technical assistance to new and established businesses. Services include loan programs, business counseling, management training, conferences, referrals and reference libraries. 

Address: 1000 Walnut, Suite 500, Kansas City, MO  64106
Phone: 816.426.4900

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Midwest Small Business Finance: Working with financial institutions and other supports, Missouri Small Business Finance promotes business growth and development throughout Northwest Missouri through economic development financing programs. 

1251 NW Briarcliff Parkway, Suite 25, Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone: 816.468.4989  Fax 816.587.1996

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Mid-Continent Public Library: The Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) serves Clay County and provides business reference materials by helping you navigate their resources and find the information needed to explore your industry. The Library provides classes, resources and research guidance for small business owners and employees looking to help develop and maintain strong, viable enterprises. From demographic data to business plan writing, MCPL has the resources to help make your business, our business!

Mid-Continent Public Library, Withers Branch
1665 S Withers Road, Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: 816.781.9240