FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2015
Kansas City accepts challenge, making startup process easier for entrepreneurs
Kansas City, Missouri has entered the Small Business Administration’s Startup in a Day Competition. The SBA’s competition -which will award 25 “Start Small Model” prizes each worth $50,000 and one “Dream Big Model” prize worth $250,000- aims to provide winning cities with the resources necessary to develop online tools to help entrepreneurs identify all requirements to launch a business in their city within one day . Kansas City’s submission to win the “Dream Big Model” prize proposes to develop a new online application to localize the services of many City departments into one online interface, integrate county, state and federal requirements as well as help entrepreneurs access services of KC entrepreneur support organizations like KCSourcelink. In creating an easier process for entrepreneurs, the ambition is to drive more, successful businesses into the Kansas City economy; more quickly.
Kansas City’s submission to the competition follows Mayor Sly James’ pledge to participate in the SBA’s Startup in a Day Initiative.
“We believe an entrepreneur’s time is best spent developing innovative products and services, creating jobs, and growing local economies—not navigating red tape.” As part of the pledge, Kansas City resolved to create a “Startup in a Day” online tool within 12 months, develop a streamlined online permitting system, and share best practices with other cities seeking to implement business-friendly solutions.
Kansas City is currently implementing Tyler Technologies Energov enterprise permitting system to provide our business community and citizens with convenient access to land, zoning, permitting, and licensing and inspections information.
“Tyler Technologies is excited to partner with Kansas City on their pledge to provide a smooth path for entrepreneurs,” said Brett Cate, president of Tyler’s Local Government Division. “This program will create a streamlined, business-friendly, online permitting system to help aspiring business owners, ultimately helping to grow the local economy. Tyler’s EnerGov planning, regulatory and maintenance system is designed to help cities like Kansas City simplify the permitting process, integrate data from different departments and offer user-friendly online permit application solutions.”
With its submission, Kansas City aims to be in the vanguard of cities creating online tools to help entrepreneurs cut through red tape. The City’s business customer service center, KC BizCare, has been working with area entrepreneurship and technology partners to draft the competition application, and begin designing the new online tool. Kansas City has also established partnerships with other cities, including Dallas, TX to help evaluate and potentially test an open-source platform.
Winning submissions to the Startup in a Day Competition will be identified by the SBA in late August, with prize money distributed in September to fund implementation of proposed plans.
Kansas City will continue its pledge to make the startup process easier for entrepreneurs, and will accelerate those efforts and development of an online tool should it win the “Dream Big Model” prize.
Media inquiries should be directed to Assistant City Manager, Rick Usher, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 816-513-6559.