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How to Start a Business in Doniphan County

Follow these simple steps to become Doniphan County’s next entrepreneur!

1. Research

Whether your business is getting started, making changes, growing or expanding, the Kansas Business One Stop is your one-stop-shop for interacting with Kansas government. Here you can learn how to organize a business, locate information and resources needed to start or maintain a business, and more.

2. Write a business plan

Need help? Connect with Teresa McAnerney at Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation or Washburn Small Business Development Center and ask for Mary Ann Riederer for free and confidential business coaching! These consultants will walk you through this entire list of things to know and even include discussions on insurance, being bonded, understanding employer responsibilities, legal structure, sales tax and more.

3. Get business assistance, training and certifications

Does your occupation require a degree or special licenses and certifications in Kansas? Start your search here.

4. Choose a business location

Doniphan County has several vibrant towns and vast countryside to start your business. Contact Doniphan County’s Economic Development office for specific location availabilities.

  • Check out available buildings and properties in Doniphan County on LocationOne.

5. Determine the legal structure of your business

Do you need to form an LLC or Corporation?

6. Get a Tax Identification Number

Register your business for state taxes through the Kansas Department of Revenue.

7. Finance your business

8. Network and connect with other local resources

9. Connect with State Resources

When in business small or large, it is wise to be aware of state resources, incentives, grants, tax credits, etc. that your business can utilize and connect with for continual help, information, and furthering your business’ success. View and click on the list below of some of the State of Kansas’s main business departments and offices.

10. Promote your business

  • Doniphan County area businesses have the opportunity to be listed for free on the county website business directory. Email your business name, business address, website or social media link, business telephone number, include a logo or company picture and a little information about the business to be listed.
  • Also consider starting a Facebook page or company website.
  • Don’t forget to reach out to the Doniphan County Chamber of Commerce for a free membership for your first year in business and a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony and promotion.
  • Need help recruiting/welcoming new employees? Check out the New Residents Guide for starter information to aide in your welcome packets.