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City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 7, 2011
Small Business Committee to release report on how to “Cut the Red Tape”
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Special Committee on Small Business will release its “Cut the Red Tape” report during the City Council’s Business Session on Thursday, Dec. 8. This report will include 67 specific suggestions to make it easier for small businesses to grow in Kansas City, Mo.
“This report is the result of significant testimony from a wide variety of small businesses that spoke at our working City Council committee meetings that we held in all parts of the City and at different times to accommodate the schedules of our small business owners and neighborhood leaders,” said Committee Chair and Councilman Scott Taylor.
Through the committee’s effort, the City will have a blueprint to cut the red tape; expedite the processing of licenses, permits and applications; and knock down many of the barriers that small businesses face when trying to grow their businesses in Kansas City, Mo.
“We will continue to meet on a quarterly basis for a status report from City departments to make sure these recommendations are implemented in order to create a level of accountability and expedite the implementation process,” added Councilman Taylor.
In addition to Councilman Taylor, the Special Committee on Small Business includes Councilman Scott Wagner (Vice Chair), Councilman Jermaine Reed and Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo.
Early reaction from a variety of business leaders is extremely positive.
“We appreciate the hard work of this Council committee to knock down barriers that face minority-owned businesses so they can grow,” said Bernardo Ramirez, executive director of the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation.
“The Small Business Committee has been extremely focused on making changes to make it faster and easier to do business with the City Kansas City, Mo.,” said Babette Macy, vice president of the Kansas City Industrial Council.
“The Committee’s interest in focusing on all parts of the City was evident by its Monday night outreach Council meetings in all parts of the City to receive feedback from small businesses,” added Gabriel Okafor of Alpha Energy and Electric, a small business.
“We applaud the committee’s work on enhancing workplace growth by addressing a variety of issues,” added Pat Dujakovich, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations of Greater Kansas City.
For more information or media inquiries on the Special Committee on Small Business or the “Cut the Red Tape” report, please contact Lisa Sturgeon, aide to Councilman Scott Taylor, at 816-513-6523.