UMKC Innovation Center partners with the university and the community to spark and sustain entrepreneurial efforts within our region and across the country.

KCSourceLink connects KC entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

MOSourceLink connects Missouri entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

Whiteboard2Boardroom connects entrepreneurs and businesses to technologies available for licensing.

Digital Sandbox KC provides early-stage proof-of-concept support for digital products.

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center provides technical assistance to startup and existing businesses.

ScaleUP! Kansas City helps businesses with revenues around $200K scale toward their first $1 million.

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers helps local businesses obtain government contracts.

KCInvestED helps investors learn more about investing in KC startups.

SourceLink® helps communities nationwide build vibrant and vital entrepreneurial ecosystems.
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Guide: Growing Your Business  Part Four

Hiring Employees

Attract, hire and retain the right team, legally.


First things first: Congratulations on taking the biggest step in growing your business and adding talent to your team. It's a big step to hire your first (or second or third or 20th) employee. You'll want to make you take all the steps to not only hire the right employee but also to hire legally. 


Hiring employees is often the only way a company can grow beyond the scope of its owner. Bringing together a team for your business can be challenging, from determining if you're even ready to hire an employee to completing new hire forms to filing taxes to simply finding, hiring and retaining the right talent to grow your team and your business.

KCSourceLink resources can help you. Check out the tips and resources below on how to hire an employee and retain them. As always, your Resource Navigators are just a phone call (816-235-6500) or email way if you should have questions along the way. Our services are always free.

Both states offer a variety of programs to help business employ workers from that state. Check out Kansas Works and Missouri Works for business programs and career services business representatives.

Insuring Your Employees

Insurance in Kansas

Insurance in Missouri

Many Chambers of Commerce offer group health insurance to their members.

Start with KCSourceLink's Hiring Checklist to get the scope of what you'll need to prepare and do before, during and after you hire a new employee, then drill down into these resources for more tips and guidance.


SKIP TO PART FIVE: ASSEMBLING A SMALL-BUSINESS ADVISORY BOARD

Resources for Hiring Employees

Have questions? Start with the list of KCSourceLink Resource Partners below. But also know that you can always call our Resource Navigators, and we'll point you to the right expert to field your HR questions.

Provider Information

Central Exchange

Central Exchange is a preeminent membership organization in the Kansas City area which provides the venue and voice for women seeking to reach their full personal and professional potential.

Craig School of Business - Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship exists to train, mentor and support entrepreneurs. Our staff will provide one-on-one business coaching and connect clients to needed programs and resources.

Enterprise Center in Johnson County

The Enterprise Center in Johnson County (ECJC) is a venture development organization providing resources and connections to accelerate the success of early-stage companies.

Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development

The Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development is a Professional Development Institute creating a high quality adult workforce for the care and education of children and youth from birth to 21 years of age.

Kansas City Women's Chamber of Commerce

CONNECT, EMPOWER, INSPIRE...through the collective strength of business women and those who support women in business in Kansas City!

Metropolitan Community College - Institute for Workforce Innovation

For over 30 years, the Metropolitan Community College Institute for Workforce Innovation has served Kansas City by providing a) customized training and consulting services for regional businesses; b) short term training programs for high workforce demand industries; and c) professional development opportunities.

Missouri Department of Economic Development - Kansas City Region

The Business Development team within the Missouri Department of Economic Development is ready to assist your existing Missouri Business.

Missouri Enterprise - Kansas City

Missouri Enterprise is an organization of entrepreneurial manufacturing and business professionals, operating in 7 locations throughout Missouri, dedicated to helping primarily small and medium size businesses (primarily but not exclusively manufacturers) succeed.

Missouri Film Office

The Film Office is devoted to saving filmmakers time, effort and money in arranging a shoot.

Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration provides information to business owners as it relates to issues with social security and questions about the self-employment tax.

Square One Small Business Services by Mid-Continent Public Library

Square One Small Business Services at Mid-Continent Public Library supports local entrepreneurs through access to information, programs, and opportunity. Whether owning a business is a brand new dream or your life’s work, MCPL is committed to helping you succeed.

The Family Conservancy

The Family Conservancy supports child care and preschool providers with a wide range of professional development training and consultation.

Workforce Partnership

Workforce Partnership is committed to building a workforce development system that meets the needs of both job seekers and employers throughout the Eastern Kansas area.

Workforce, Career, & Entrepreneurship Center - KCKCC

The Workforce, Career and Entrepreneurship Center at Kansas City Kansas Community College has an added focus on building businesses. As a resource, we provide workshops pertaining to starting and growing your business; hands-on assistance with obtaining industry and federal certifications, interns for those small businesses needing additional help in skilled areas without the full-time cost of formal staff, use of conference room, computers and more. Additionally, we provide basic and highly skilled employee training and re-training.

Wyandotte Economic Development Council

The Wyandotte Economic Development Council is a non-profit economic development corporation whose mission is to promote and strengthen Wyandotte County Kansas' economy through innovative approaches to programs, partnerships, and leadership in industrial, residential, office and retail markets.

Hiring Employees in Missouri

Check out Hiring New Employees and Reporting New Hires in Missouri (KCSourceLink)

Hiring Employees in Kansas

Review “Register as an Employer” 
in  Kansas Steps to Success (PDF)

Hiring Checklist

Download KCSourceLink's Hiring Checklist to get the scoop and scope of what you'll need to prepare when you want to hire a new employee. 

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