Resources for Businesses


Located in north central Missouri, Hamilton and Caldwell County offer a business-friendly environment with many programs to assist new and emerging businesses. Located midway between Kansas City and Des Moines, Hamilton is located on Highway 36 (four-lanes, divided) and just 11 miles from U.S. Interstate 35. Caldwell County is served by two railroads (Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific) and is just 45 minutes from Kansas City International Airport. Business hubs such as Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Milwaukee. St. Louis, Indianapolis, Memphis and Oklahoma City are within a days drive. High speed Internet access and affordable housing make this a great location for telecommuting. Enjoy rural living while working remotely from your own home. We welcome entrepreneurs looking to start a new business or existing businesses that are looking for new locations.



Farmers Electric Cooperative

Summit Natural Gas

City of Hamilton
Caldwell County Water District(s)

Green Hills Communications
Century Link
United Fiber


The City of Hamilton is strategically located at the intersection of State Highway 13 and US Highway 36. US Highway 36 is an east-west four-lane divided highway. North-south Interstate Highway I-35 is just 11 miles west of Hamilton.

Caldwell County is served by two major rail lines. Union Pacific passes north and south, four miles east of Hamilton. Canadian Pacific runs east and west in southern Caldwell County. There are rail spurs east of Hamilton, east of Polo and in Braymer.

Located 45 minutes from Hamilton, MCI is served by major airlines including Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit and United.


Hamilton residents and employers have long said that the education system in Hamilton is excellent. The quality of learning available is rated outstanding at all levels.

North Central Missouri College is located in nearby Trenton, Missouri. NCMC offers a variety of degrees and certifications. The colleges best known programs include Nursing & Health Care, Business, Agriculture and Education.

NCMC also offers area businesses customized training programs for employees in order to help businesses meet specific workforce needs.


The home of Missouri Star Quilt Company and their 14 different quilt shops, Hamilton hosts over 100,000 visitors annually from around the world. Over 100 tour buses stop in Hamilton throughout the year.

Hamilton is also the birthplace of retail magnate James Cash Penney. The town is the home of the J.C. Penney Museum and the J.C. Penney Boyhood Home. Other tourist attractions include the Northwest Missouri Steam and Gas Engine Association grounds and exhibits, the Country Cabin Village, the Caldwell County Historical Society Museum, the Far West Historical Site and the nearby town of historic Jamesport.

Hamilton is also the home of the Missouri Quilt Museum, offering four different quilt galleries and numerous exhibits. The museum is also home of the World’s Tallest Spool of Thread and the world’s largest toy sewing machine collection.

Currently under development is the Hamilton Butterfly Park. The butterfly park currently offers a 7 acres wildflower meadow, which serves as the northern anchor of the 250-mile Highway 13 Butterfly Trail which runs from Bethany in the north to Branson in southern Missouri.


Hamilton has a current population of 1809 people. The population of Caldwell County is 9,014 people. The Labor Force within a 50 miles radius of Hamilton is 62, 354.

There are a variety of programs available to business and industry including:

  • Workforce development and job training programs
  • Missouri Works Program
  • Job training grants
  • On-the-Job-Training (OJT)
  • Employee Recruitment and Referral


The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce can assist new and emerging businesses access a variety of programs to qualifying businesses and individuals, including:

  • Start-up assistance for entrepreneurs
  • An assortment of financing options
  • Utility incentives
  • SBA and USDA business assistance programs
  • Private and commercial financing
  • State tax incentive programs

The Chamber also maintains an updated directory of available buildings and properties in Hamilton and Caldwell County.

Individuals or businesses looking to start or expand a business in the Hamilton area can contact the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce by writing to the Chamber at P.O. Box 341, Hamilton, MO 64644 or by e-mailing

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