WHO: Blue Springs City Council

WHAT: Monday, Aug. 18, meeting

MAIN TOPIC: The city of Blue Springs, along with the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and Blue Springs Economic Development Council, published a free, comprehensive booklet for starting a business in Blue Springs.

WHY IT'S IMPORTANT: Blue Springs Communications Manager Kim Nakahodo told the council this small yet detailed booklet answers many questions emerging businesses have asked, including how to apply for city, county, state and federal licensing.

"(The booklet) is not a hindrance, but a resource," she said. She added that many current business owners in Blue Springs feel "unwanted," but this free publication offers the opposite by encouraging economic growth and welcoming new entrepreneurs to set up shop in the city. Also noted was the overhaul of the city's business application, which can be found online at the city's website, www.bluespringsgov.com  .

The pamphlet is divided into six sections that include: "Building a Business Plan," "Naming, Registering and Organizing Your Business" and "Choosing the Right Location." Nakahodo pointed out that a common problem among new businesses is wanting to be located at a non-business/commercial zone, and that the city offers a free preemptive action meeting to avoid the potential dilemma. The "How to Start a Business in Blue Springs" booklet is free and can be found at Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main St.; Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, 1000 W. Main St.; and both North and South branches of the Mid-Continent Public Library in Blue Springs, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive and 2220 S. Missouri 7.

OTHER TOPICS OF NOTE: The council withheld for fuller consideration approval of the purchase of seven patrol vehicles for the Blue Springs Police Department. The purchase, if approved, would consist of five SUV patrol vehicles and two sedans. The two sedans would have cost the city an extra $1,500. Councilmen Dale Carter and Ron Fowler questioned the need for two sedans, citing engine power and gas mileage.

– Brandon Dumsky