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.
UMKC Innovation Center
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Guide: Start a Business  Part Three

Register and License Your Business

Here are the steps to register and license your new business whether you're in Kansas or Missouri.

Part Four: Site Location Assistance/Coworking Space


Registrations, Licenses and Permits

Whether you are starting a business in Kansas or Missouri, you’ll need to address legal structure and EIN.

Legal Structure

You'll want to make sure your business is legal. The first step is to decide what kind of business entity (legal structure) is best for you. For a description of the pros and cons of legal structures, go to forms of business organization. You can also look at a forms of business comparison chart.
NOTE: The UMKC School of Law has a helpful video on Initial Legal Considerations of Starting a New Business, and their Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic offers one-on-one services to entrepreneurs. Apply for their services here.

Employee Identification Number (EIN)

Employers with employees, business partnerships, and corporations must obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Even if you are a sole proprietor and don’t have employees, it is still good practice to obtain an EIN…you may need it for some government forms, banks often require it for loans and it can be used instead of your personal Social Security Number to protect against identify theft.

Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) online.

Out of state businesses

If you are established as a business in another state, check out these links:


Starting a nonprofit organization? Click on Starting a Nonprofit.

Missouri and Kansas Guidelines

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