Local business and economic information

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Kansas City is a great place to start a new business or develop a long-term career. Research local industries and businesses to find markets for your product or service, or find companies in need of your talents and skills.


  • Directories can give you more than basic contact information. Business directories will also include a business' estimated annual sales, number of employees, years in business, and business square footage.
  • With an electronic directory you can identify the number of competitors a particular business has by conducting a search based on line of business, NAICS code, geographic location and/or business size.
  • Some directories are specific to an industry. Thomas Food & Beverage Market Place is a three volume directory in which you can find product suppliers, refrigerated haulers and just about any other business involved in the food industry.
  • Two of the most heavily used directories for researching local companies are:


Even with their expanded information, directories do not tell you all you need to know. Often it is the smaller companies that you want to learn more about, companies that are not covered in the nationally read magazines. You need to turn to those magazines and newspapers that are written specifically to cover local news.

  • The Kansas City Business Journal, a weekly newspaper, has the most extensive coverage of Kansas City businesses. The paper's website allows you to search for news items. You will need to use the library's microfilm holdings of the newspaper to read the full article.
  • The Kansas City Star newspaper is searchable going back to 1991 by using Newsbank (Library card is required to access from outside the Library). The Star is a good source of information regarding local businesses, local industries, and the economy
  • Each month Ingram's features area business leaders and events. You will also find in this magazine, articles of interest to local business people. The current issue can be read on their website. The current as well as older issues are available in the Library.
  • KC Small Business Monthly has articles of interest to small business owners. Read the current issue either online or by coming into the library. or in print at the library.
  • Flourish is a monthly magazine for business "women on the leading edge."
  • Annually, the Kansas City Star publishes the Star 50 which highlights the largest fifty companies in the Kansas City Metro area.

Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses

There are several online listings for minority- and women-owned businesses in the city.

Statistical Sources

Kansas City Real Estate Market

As you determine where to locate your business, information about Kansas City's current real estate market could be very useful. Block Real Estate Services offers an online guide describing the current market. You can register to access it here. The A to Z database may also help you pinpoint a location for your brick-and-mortar business, as it provides listings of companies based on a number of geographic criteria.

For additional information, contact an H&R Block Business & Career Center librarian by phone, 816.701.3717, or by e-mail, bcc@kclibrary.org.

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