Startup in a Day

Startup in a Day Community of Practice

Startup in a Day - SBA FAQs (Details of Challenge requirements)

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Public Engagement & Social Media:

Kansas City, Missouri Initiatives:

Forming partnerships with current and new entrepreneur support organizations (ESO) and government agencies:

  • Missouri Secretary of State's KC Office
  • UMKC Innovation Center/KCSourcelink
  • KC Digital Drive
  • Hispanic Economic Development Corporation
  • UMKC Law School
  • Code For America Brigade

The Pledge...

Kansas City, Missouri is Our cities and communities are committed to making it easier for every entrepreneur to start a business. We believe an entrepreneur’s time is best spent developing innovative products and services, creating jobs, and growing local economies—not navigating red tape. While fair zoning rules, licenses, and permits are important to ensuring public safety and fair competition, it should not take more than a day for an entrepreneur to identify and apply, ideally through a single online tool, for all the licenses and permits they need in order to responsibly launch a business. Accordingly, we resolve to:

Challenge 1. Create a “Startup in a Day” online tool by the end of 2015: By the end of this year, we will develop a website or application that lets most entrepreneurs identify and apply within one day for all the regulatory approvals needed to launch a business in our respective communities.

Challenge 2.  Develop a streamlined, business-friendly, online permitting system: Our pledge is a first step in a larger effort to streamline, simplify, and bring online those regulatory requirements that have traditionally been fragmented across multiple agencies and handled through a paper-based process. Our ultimate goal is for small business owners to be able to manage and complete most of their regulatory obligations within a single easy-to-use online system.

Challenge 3.  Share best practices: In an effort to encourage other municipalities to join us in this effort, we are joining a community of practice administered by the National League of Cities, and commit to sharing best practices, publicizing key learnings, highlighting tangible outcomes, supporting smart regulatory simplification, and providing visibility into our actions.”

                                   NLC report -    New Report Highlights the Cities with Best Practices for Small Business Development

                                                Urban Business Growth Initiative presentation -


  1. Startup in a Day Competition - Start Small Model
  2. Startup in a Day Competition – Dream Big Model
  • Veterans Economic Community: Being an official participant in the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative. To view the list of participating cities, please go to

VA launches campaign to increase Veterans’ economic potential


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