Licensing & Permits/Zoning

Review applicable city, county, state and federal regulations and obtain any necessary business licenses or permits.

Licensing & Permits/Zoning

-Business Licenses -Building Permit Info -Liquor License and related information

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Incentives, tax credits, exemptions & financing plans all designed to encourage successful businesses like yours to grow!


-Chapter 100 Bonds -Enhanced Enterprise Zone -Missouri Works and more and related information

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Just taking off? Entrepreneurs & small business owners deserve a great jumpstart to their business.


-Getting Started -Sites & Buildings -Financing Options and related information

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Many useful downloadable documents and web resources are available for those desiring to open or expand a business in Johnson County. We’ve listed several below, but feel free to contact JCEDC if you need further assistance. We’re here to do all we can to help you write your success story.

Permits & Financing Resources

Online Resources

  • Score Business Plan Template(downloadable)
  • LivePlan:
    Live Plan is a business planning and tracking software program designed to help entrepreneurs develop and/or sharpen skills needed to create, manage and grow a successful business.
  • Strategyzer: Strategyzer makes it easy for anybody to rapidly sketch business model ideas with the business model canvas and the value proposition canvas. Work on business models together with your team, clients, board, or anyone else. Test the rough numbers of your business model to quickly find out if your idea is worth pursuing.

Local Resources

  • JCEDC is an official co-counseling location of the Missouri Small Business Development Center at State Fair Community College. Click here to learn more.

State & Regional Resources

Missouri Department of Economic Development Business Services 

Missouri Business Portal:   
Through the Missouri Department of Economic Development, this is the single point of entry website for business registration, filings, licenses, and permits related to doing business in the State of Missouri.

Missouri Enterprise:
Missouri Enterprise provides a broad range of hands-on business, technical and manufacturing optimization services, delivered by an experienced, “been there, done that,” staff and a comprehensive network of public and private partners.

MOSourceLink’s mission is to help small businesses across the state of Missouri grow and succeed. They provide small business with free, easy access to the help you need - when you need it.

KC Source Link: 
Linking Kansas City area businesses to the right resource at the right time. Abundant Kansas City area resources are highlighted

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation:
The Kauffman Foundation supports training for taking a business to the next level. This site provides links to several local entrepreneurial resources.

University of Missouri Extension - Missouri Business Development Program:
Visit the MU Extension in Johnson County, website here
A statewide network which helps businesses succeed in every stage from concept to startup, growth to renewal, mature to succession through a variety of programs In addition to MU Extension offices, business counselors are based on each of the campuses of the University of Missouri and at other public higher education institutions throughout Missouri. 

Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program:
The Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) was founded in 1995 by Barnett Helzberg, Jr., former owner and President of Helzberg Diamonds. Components of the program include a one-on-one mentoring relationship, networking opportunities with peers and veteran business owners, exposure to mentoring skills that can be applied to any professional or personal situation, business educations discussing greatest successes and lessons learned from peers and top CEOs in the community, and field trips to locations of entrepreneurial interest within the Kansas City area.