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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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