Open for Business
Welcome to Open for Business! OFB is a free service offered by the City of Branson which consists of representatives from various city departments. The meeting is an informal setting where business owners and city representatives meet to discuss and resolve technical issues affecting proposed business development. There are several key steps to starting a business in the city of Branson.
Step One - Submit Your Business Information
To assist with your proposed business or project, please provide as much information and detail to the Planning and Development Department through the Citizenserve Portal. The information will then be reviewed by staff within five days and a Comment Report will be provided. Feel free to call 417-337-8549 with any inquiries about what information to provide.
Step Two - Meet with the Open for Business Team
The staff’s Comment Report will be emailed to you for review prior to your scheduled meeting. At the meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss your business project and receive additional technical assistance from the team.
Step Three - Heading in the Right Direction
When you leave your OFB meeting, you will have the knowledge needed to move forward in the right direction for your business project. You will know if your location is zoned for the type of business you wish to operate, as well as what applications, permits, and licenses are required to open your business.
Step Four - Apply for a Business License
There are many types of licenses, both state and local, as well as professional, depending on the type of business you plan to operate. A City of Branson business license is required for all businesses operating within the city limits. Inquires about a Business License Application (PDF) can be answered by contacting 417-337-8553.
- Is Open for Business a requirement to open my business?
- Who do I contact first?
- How much does a business license cost?
- How can I find out if a location is zoned for my business?
- I am opening a new business. Can I have banners or signs that announce that my business will be opening soon, and do I need a permit?
- What is a business plan and do I need one for Open for Business?