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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2011

Mayor James taps Councilman Taylor to head up committee on small business regulation

Kansas City Mo., Mayor Sly James has asked Sixth District Councilman Scott Taylor to chair a special committee on small business. The committee will focus on cutting red tape and streamlining City services related to doing business in the City of Kansas City, Mo. The committee will include Third District Councilman Jermaine Reed, First District Councilman Scott Wagner and Fifth District Councilwoman Cindy Circo.

“I am confident that this committee under Councilman Taylor’s leadership will produce quality results,” said Mayor James. “Cutting red tape and bringing new thinking to how City Hall works was one of the 4E’s I campaigned on: Efficiency. Frankly, we can talk until we are blue in the face about being a City that encourages entrepreneurship, but if we are serious about fostering business we need to make it easier to open a business in Kansas City.”

The primary goals of the new committee include expediting and streamlining licensing processes for start-up small businesses; reviewing consolidation of City functions by expanding business start-up services offered at KC BizCare; and encouraging efforts of the City in assisting minority-owned start-up businesses. The committee will seek input from small business owners and staff in order to ensure successful implementation of these efforts.

“Great cities are built on a solid business climate that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Councilman Taylor. “We want to create this type of environment to not only benefit the business community, but the long-term health of the City.”

KC BizCare, the City’s Business Customer Service Center at 1118 Oak Street, is home to the Finance Department’s Business License Section and the City Manager’s Office Business Advocates. Effective May 1, 2011, KC BizCare’s Business Advocates were brought under the direct management of Rick Usher, assistant to the City Manager. Usher implemented KC BizCare in 2009 and his leadership will help to ensure its continued success.

Media inquiries about the City’s small business initiatives should be directed to Rick Usher, assistant to the City Manager, 816-513-6559.

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