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If you are here, you likely have an idea for the business you want to start. The resources below provide information to help you in some of the key early decisions in setting up a business that can help get you off on the right foot and increase your chance of success.

Resources for Planning Your Business

Referral Center

Call or e-mail our staff of trained referral coordinators for free, personal assistance. A real, live person will discuss your query and guide you to the right resource or resources to help. The referral center is staffed M-F 8 AM-5 PM. Call (877) 521-8600 or e-mail

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Business Plan

A business plan defines your business, goals and serves as a written roadmap for the businessperson to determine where the company is, where it wants to be and how it plans to get there. A comprehensive, thoughtful business plan can be essential in obtaining outside funding, credit from suppliers, finance marketing for your business, management of your operation and achievement of your goals and objectives.

To work with a small business counselor on your business plan, contact your local Kansas Small Business Development Center office.

To find other resource partners in your area, contact the NetWork Kansas referral center.

Chat online with a referral coordinator during business hours or call (877) 521-8600 or e-mail

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Selecting a Business Structure

Choosing the legal structure for your company is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when starting a business. Learn more about different business entity types, their registration requirements, and the advantages and disadvantages of each structure.

Learn More about Selecting a Business Structure | Register your business Now

Choosing a Name

Choosing a business name is another important decision to make when creating a new business. Most people think about the product or service they will be providing, but it’s important to consider legal aspects of choosing a business name.
Learn More about Choosing a Name | Check Name Availability/Name Reservation | Register Business | Business Entity Search | Trademark or Service Mark Application | Federal Trademarks and Service Marks

Business Tax Registration

Understanding the taxes that will be applicable to your business at the Federal, State, and local level is a critical part of planning for success. The activities of your business, the business structure you choose, and whether or not your business will qualify as an employer are likely to impact the types of taxes your business will be subject to.

The links below will help you determine if you will be required to obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and lead to more information about employer and business-related taxes. Or you may choose to go directly to register for a FEIN and/or state taxes.
Learn More about Business Tax Registration | Register Now for a Federal EIN | Register Now for Kansas Business Tax

Registering as an Employer

Kansas Employer Requirements – Learn about Kansas Unemployment Insurance and Workers Compensation requirements.

Federal Employer Requirements – Learn about social security taxes, self-employment tax, income tax withholding, and Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) requirements.

Funding Your Business

Business funding can take many forms depending on the stage of your business, your industry, and what the funding will be used for. Learn more about funding programs available in Kansas including tax incentives, grants, and investor financing here…

Learn More about Funding Your Business

Common Business Licenses/Permits

Many businesses require some form of permitting or registration at the state or local level. Follow the link below to view a partial list of common lines of business that require registration/licensing/permits with specific agencies/commissions or local government.

Learn More about Common Business Licenses/Permits

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