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Business Development

Thank you for for your interest in Independence as the home for your small business.  Whether your are a lifelong resident or someone seeking new opportunities here like the westward travelers of our past, you will find we are a community that will support you on this journey.  The process of starting or expanding a business is exciting but challenging.  You may have lots of questions about the process involved, the permits and licenses you need, and resources available to you.  The City of Independence and our partners are committed to supporting small business development by providing you resources and information about the process.  

New Business Requirements

New Business Requirements Checklist 


Other Business Guides

Business Licenses & Permits Guide

Guide to Obtaining a Taxi and Transportation License

Liquor License Code

Itinerant Merchants License Requirements

Temporary Charitable & Nonprofit Retail Events Guide 


Additional Resources for Small Businesses

Missouri Secretary of State Business Services
600 West Main Street 
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone Main Office573-751-4936 website:

Independence Chamber of Commerce
210 W. Truman Rd
Independence, MO 64050
Independence Chamber of Commerce website

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Independence Regional Ennovation Center
201 N. Forest Ave.
Independence, MO 64050

KC Source Link
4747 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110

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Independence Economic Development
Phone816-252-5777    website:

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Mid-Continent Public Library Square One

Score Kansas City - Business Management non-profit
4747 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110