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Posted on: August 20, 2014

[ARCHIVED] City, Chamber and EDC Announce ‘How to Open a Business in Blue Springs’ Guide

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation are proud to announce the new ‘How to Open a Business in Blue Springs’ guide. This resource is available as a booklet and on the City, Chamber and EDC’s websites.

"Whether you are starting a business to supplement your income, replace a job, or pursue your life-long dream, we want your business to succeed," says Mayor Carson Ross. “I want everyone to know that the City of Blue Springs is open for business, and that the City, Chamber and EDC are working together to make the process of starting up a business as easy as possible.”

The ‘How to Open a Business in Blue Springs’ booklet contains a step-by-step guide that includes contact information for quick access to additional information you may need to conduct business in Blue Springs.

“This resource guides perspective business owners on how to open their business and avoid costly missteps,” said Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Chair of the Board Rachel Hummel. “We are very pleased with this new resource as it fits into our mission to promote, develop and facilitate a strong economic environment in Blue Springs so our business community can grow and prosper.”

The guide focuses on six steps to help entrepreneurs and businesses owners start or relocate a business in Blue Springs. These steps include: Getting Started; Building a Business Plan; Naming, Registering and Organizing Your Business; Choosing the Right Location for Your Business; City, County, State and Federal Licensing; and What’s Next. The guide features ‘Pro Tips’ and ‘Things to Consider’ to advise entrepreneurs on areas that can be stumbling blocks in the business development process.

“We created this guide to help startups and new or relocating businesses know not only the process, but the vast resources here in Blue Springs,” said Blue Springs Economic Development Chairman Bill Essmann. “One of our goals is to help launch new businesses, grow with them and transition them into established companies. We believe their success will build a stronger economy and provide more stable jobs in our community.”

The guide was developed by the City of Blue Springs, the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation and the Jackson County Economic Development Corporation.

“The past few years we have worked diligently to improve internal and external processes to better respond to new and existing development opportunities. It’s important that we help facilitate positive growth in the community and respond with tools and processes that will guide, inform, and educate businesses who want to expand or relocate in Blue Springs. Throughout the development of this guide, we worked to streamline our internal processes through a customer-service approach,” said City Administrator Eric Johnson. “I’m extremely proud of the collaboration that went into this and know that by working together, improving our systems and sharing ideas, we can make Blue Springs a better home for entrepreneurs and the entire business community.”

Physical copies of the guide are available at City Hall, the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Springs EDC and both branches of the Blue Springs Mid-Continent Public Library.

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