Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Business Signs

The state of Kansas, located almost dead center in the middle of the United States, was once inhabited by the Kansa Native American tribe.  The name ‘Kansa’ is said to have meant ‘people of the wind’ or ‘people of the south wind’, although these may not have been the word’s original meaning.  Thus, when American settlers founded a Missouri River port (albeit one located on the very edge of the neighboring state of Missouri) in the 1830s, they named it Kansas.  This became confusing in 1854 upon the establishment of Kansas Territory, so the settlement’s name was changed to Kansas City.  It was officially incorporated on March 28th, 1853.

Modern day Kansas City, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, has a population of 459,787 people.  In 2013, it was estimated the population had risen to 466,600.  This makes Kansas City the 37th largest city in the country.  The Kansas City metropolitan area has a population of 2,340,000, which is the 30th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.

Kansas City’s largest employer, by far, is the Federal government of the United States, which is responsible for 41,500 jobs in the city.  This is largely due to the presence of 146 federal agencies in the area.  In fact, KC serves as one of ten regional office cities for the US government.  These offices include the Internal Revenue Service, the General Services Administration, the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, the National Nuclear Security Administration, Honeywell (which produces and assembles 85% of the non-nuclear components of the country’s nuclear bomb arsenal), the Social Security Administration, and the United States Postal Service.

Kansas City isn’t only about public employment, however.  The city and its environs also serve as the home of various agricultural companies.  Companies such as Dairy Farmers of America (which is the largest dairy co-op in the U.S.) and the Kansas City Board of Trade.  Other public companies with headquarters in Kansas City include 360 Architecture, AMC Theatres, Applebee’s, Barkley Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Boulevard Brewing Company, Children International, Great Plains Energy, Hallmark Cards, H&R Block, Hostess Brands, Kansas City Southern

Railway, Novastar Financial, Smith Electric Vehicles, and Walton Construction.

Kansas City has often been nicknamed the ‘City of Fountains.’  It is home to over 200 fountains, which the city claims is second only in the world to Rome, Italy.  The city is also famous as the birthplace of Kansas City Jazz, Kansas City Blues, and Kansas City Barbecue.  The metropolitan area’s top professional theatre company is the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, while the Starlight Theatre was designed by Edward Delk and seats 8,105 people.

Kansas City is also a hotbed for sports.  Among its numerous nicknames is ‘the Soccer Capital of America’, due to its soccer-specific stadium, Sporting Park’s, role as a home stadium for the US Men’s National Team.  When the USMNT isn’t playing in Sporting Park, the stadium is home to Sporting Kansas City.  They have won two MLS Cups.  MLB’s Kansas City Royals play at Kauffman Stadium and they have won one World Series title.  The NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs play at Arrowhead Stadium and have one Super Bowl title to their name.

Do you own a small business in the Kansas City metropolitan area?  Are you thinking about it?  These resources might help you:

Apply for a Business License in Kansas City:


U.S. Small Business Administration Kansas City District Office:


Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce:


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