Earning a reputation as the “Silicon Prairie,” Kansas City, attracts start-up businesses of all kinds with its low living expenses and high-tech amenities.
The local economy is thriving due to a rich mix of small businesses and large corporate headquarters of companies like Hallmark and Sprint. Kansas City offers a vibrant arts scene grounded in its deep jazz roots, and of course the local barbecue is legendary. The metro area was rated by Kiplinger magazine as one of the 50 Smart Places to Live based on affordability and attractions.
According to Kiplinger, entrepreneurs franchising in Kansas City, Missouri, will enjoy a cost of living 0.6% below the national average.
Goals for the city include reducing the cost of starting a business and establishing a collaborative space for professionals to work. The strategic initiative LaunchKC targets technology entrepreneurs, but small business owners across the board will reap the benefits of the programs.
Home to Google Fiber’s ultra-high-speed network, the city attracts communities of entrepreneurs like the Kansas City Startup Village and business incubators including BetaBlox and Think Big Partners that offer mentorship programs and networking opportunities.
Kansas City offers a well-educated and highly motivated workforce. Trade, transportation and utilities are major industries in the area.