Hiring and Retaining the Right Employees


Hiring and Retaining the Right 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 away if you should have questions. 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



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. Once you’ve got interviews set up, make sure you ask the best questions to go beyond candidates’ resumes. Drill down into these resources for more tips and guidance.


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.

Job One

Job One enhances the lives of adults with disabilities by providing a lifetime of meaningful employment choices. We do this through entrepreneurship and partnership with the business community.

Specializes in: Employee Development, Hiring and Policies

Kansas City Area Transportation Authority

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority connects people to opportunities through safe, reliable public transportation. KCATA is a bi-state agency charged with serving the transportation and development needs of the Kansas City region.

Specializes in: Employee Development, Hiring and Policies

The Black MasterMind Group Charitable Foundation

The Black MasterMind Group Charitable Foundation is designed to create strategies to help the Black entrepreneurial community start, stabilize, sustain and scale businesses. It educates, trains, coaches, mentors, develops and provides funding initiatives

Specializes in: Employee Development, Hiring and Policies

The Sewing Labs

The Sewing Labs is a nonprofit community resource center providing classes and jobs training in sewing-related arts in the Kansas City community. The newest program, The Sewing Salon Training Program, provides an unconventional entrepreneurial hub for marginalized and at-risk individuals to develop their sewing businesses.

The Sewing Labs is an inclusive and welcoming community teaching the legacy of sewing for employment, entrepreneurship and enrichment.

Specializes in: Employee Development, Hiring and Policies

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, networking opportunities, public relations and other services related to growth and development in the Kansas City region.

Mid-Continent Public Library Culinary Center

The Mid-Continent Public Library Culinary Center is a destination and resource for anyone interested in learning more about food and culinary entrepreneurship. Housed in the Green Hills Library Center, the Culinary Center features a teaching and demonstration kitchen and two shared commercial kitchens for use by startup food businesses.

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 and Northwest Missouri

Missouri Enterprise is a dedicated manufacturing expert and your partner to strengthen and grow your company. The organization assists manufacturers with workforce development, technology, lean principles, exporting, quality, food safety and more.

Missouri Film Office

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

Missouri SBDC at University of Missouri Kansas City

Missouri SBDC at UMKC is OPEN for business; both virtually and in-person for our trainings and counseling. Contact us at [email protected] to talk how we can help you SOAR with your entrepreneurial journey

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 and Workforce Development 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.

UMKC TalentLink

UMKC TalentLink provides expert-led professional development and training for those seeking practical career skills and knowledge. TalentLink also works directly with local businesses to upskill employees and develop talent.

Workforce Partnership

Workforce Partnership is committed to building a workforce development system that meets the needs of both job seekers and employers throughout the Kansas City area. We operate a network of career centers in Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties offering professional expertise and funding resources to employers and eligible job seekers.

Wyandotte Economic Development Council

The Wyandotte Economic Development Council is a nonprofit economic development corporation whose mission is to promote and strengthen the county 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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