Kansas City was named as one of the top 12 cities with best practices for small business development in a May 2014 report by the National League of Cities.
“Kansas City offers the entrepreneur an environment that truly understands the sacrifices they make and the resources they need to be successful,” said Tim Cowden, senior vice president of development for the Kansas City Area Development Council. “Kansas City was built by entrepreneurs. And for Kansas City to truly reach its potential, entrepreneurs will continue to be an integral part of our region’s growth strategy.”
John Pajor, city development specialist for the Kansas City Business Customer Service Center (KCBizCare), attributed the city’s success in part to cooperation among the city government, the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City and resources such as the University of Missouri-Kansas City small business and technology development center.
The report touted KCBizCare, an information and referral office directed at new businesses, as a strong example of an advising system for small business.