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Business Location

Choosing where to locate your business is an important decision. offers Business Location Tips to help you make the right selection.

Kansas City business incubators and accelerators

Business incubators help emerging growth companies survive and grow during the start-up period when they are most vulnerable. According to the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA), 87 percent of incubator graduates stay in business.

Incubators vary in their support, business services, and clientele. The most common incubator services include:

  • office/lab space
  • help with business basics and comprehensive business training programs
  • networking activities
  • marketing assistance
  • Internet access
  • help with accounting/financial management
  • links to strategic partners and business support services
  • access to angel investors or venture capital
  • access to bank loans and guarantee programs
  • technology commercialization assistance
  • intellectual property management
Bioscience & Technology Business Center - Lawrence The BTBC, located at the University of Kansas (KU), Lawrence Campus, and Kansas University Medical Center (KUMC), in Kansas City, Kansas, is the largest incubator system in the state. It is comprised of three separate facilities which total approximately 60,000 square feet of wet lab and office space.
Small Business and Technology Development Center - NWMS, St. Joseph Small Business and Technology Development Centers offer one-on-one counseling and training to business owners and emerging business owners.
Small Business and Technology Development Center - UCM The Small Business and Technology Development Center at UCM provides one-on-one counseling and training to business owners.
Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, MO The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is a not-for-profit organization that provides assistance to new and expanding businesses already located in Kansas City, Missouri, or those considering a Kansas City location.
Enterprise Center of Johnson County The Enterprise Center of Johnson County (ECJC) is a venture development organization providing resources and connections to accelerate the success of early-stage companies.
Institute for Industrial and Applied Life Science The Institute for Industrial and Applied Life Sciences (IIALS) operates the Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator on the campus of Missouri Western State University with a focus on economic and workforce development, and animal health and nutrition.
Independence Regional Ennovation Center The Independence Regional Ennovation Center has three focus areas: Culinary, Bio-Technology and Business & Technology, and offers business incubator services to all three.
Bioscience & Technology Business Center - KUMC The BTBC located at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, KS, is the largest incubator system in the state, comprised of three separate facilities which provide wet lab and office space.
Kansas Bioscience Venture Accelerator Located within the Kansas Bioscience Park in Olathe, KS, the Venture Accelerator is a 39,000-square-foot, Gold LEED-certified facility custom designed to serve emerging bioscience organizations looking to successfully take their discoveries to market.
BetaBlox We make startups more successful, faster - guaranteed.
Think Big Partners Think Big Partners is an early-stage startup accelerator & mentorship-based collaborative network. Includes our coworking space (Think Big Coworking), entrepreneurial conferences & events, essential services, startup resources & funding (Think Big Ventures).
SparkLabKC SparkLabKC is an early-stage Internet business accelerator, selecting 10 startups each year for a 90-day in-residence program.
Innovation Cafe The Innovation Cafe provides the collaborative infrastructure that startups need to succeed in the 21st century knowledge economy.
Blue Hills Community Services The Contractor Incubator located at 5008 Prospect is a multi-tenant facility designed to provide small business construction contractors training to improve their business performance and capacity in the construction industry. Business training and coaching is offered through a network of resources at no or low cost to the participant. See admission requirements at
Kansas Bioscience Authority The Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA) was established by the state legislature in 2004 to grow the bioscience sector into a pillar of the Kansas economy. Leaders envision Kansas will be the global destination for bioscience innovation, commercialization, growth and economic development through investments in bioscience.
Kansas Bioscience Park Situated on 92 acres of prime land in one of the most economically vibrant and livable communities in the nation, this unique research and office park will surround you with a powerful mix of deep academic research resources, and tremendous industrial strength.
Black Economic Union of Greater Kansas City BEU is a not-for-profit Community Development Corporation located in the historic Lincoln building at 18th and Vine Kansas City MO. BEU, originated by Jim Brown and Curtis McClinton, helped to pioneer the Community Development movement. BEU is one of the oldest economic development corporation's in the country.
Hammerspace Community Workshop Hammerspace is a 7000 square foot workshop facility which is home to Kansas City's community of makers, crafters and inventors.

Site location and tax incentives

With their extensive database of real-estate opportunities and demographic statistics, Kansas City’s economic development centers (EDC) can supply your businesses with the information you need to decide whether to lease, buy, or build, including data that can help you with site selection and tax incentives that could influence your decision.

For site selection, for example, most EDCs can:

  • run traffic counts
  • pull demographic information about the proposed location
  • help you find state resources that could help finance the move
  • put you in touch with a realestate broker to help close the deal
Grandview Chamber & Economic Development Council The Grandview Chamber exists to serve, protect and promote area business.
City of Kansas City, MO-KCBizCare KC BizCare is a division of the City of Kansas City, Missouri City Manager's Office. KC BizCare is a free business resource, advocacy and information center for new and existing businesses operating within the City.
Hispanic Economic Development Corporation The Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is dedicated to improving the lives of Latinos within the greater Kansas City. HEDC achieves this through business development and economic and community wealth creation initiatives.
Missouri Western University Small Business Institute Missouri Western University's Small Business Institute provides business counseling and/or technical assistance to business with 500 employees or fewer using student teams.
Raytown Office of Economic Development The City of Raytown has initiated an aggressive economic development effort emphasizing small business development, business recruitment and business retention. The program provides real estate site selection, incentive attainment and general ombudsman services.
Angel Capital Group The Angel Capital Group is a national Angel investing organization specializing in funding companies with unique products or services in large opportunity markets typically needing $300,000 - $1,000,000 in capitalization.
Johnson County Economic Development Corporation Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC) provides confidential one-on-one business assistance, microloan funds, financing options and incentives, for new and existing businesses - small to large - for all Johnson County, Missouri.
Kansas Department of Agriculture The mission of the KDA Agricultural Marketing, Advocacy and Outreach Team is to serve all Kansans through innovative programming and delivering solutions designed to create an environment that facilitates growth and expansion in agriculture while increasing pride in and awareness of the state's largest industry - agriculture.
Leavenworth County Development Corporation LCDC provides resources and solutions to small businesses and entrepreneurs at no cost, in addition to attracting new business and retaining existing businesses to grow the community.
Harrisonville Economic Development Provide assistance to parties interested in investing in, or locating in Harrisonville, MO.
Leavenworth Main Street Program, Inc. ® Leavenworth Main Street fosters economic development and historic preservation with downtown Leavenworth, Kansas, the 1st City of Kansas, established 1854.

Quick Tip

If you have chosen a location in Kansas City, Missouri, you should submit an online request for a zoning clearance.