Want to Start or Grow a Business in KC’s Urban Core? Apply for a UBGI Scholarship Now

Want to Start or Grow a Business in KC’s Urban Core? Apply for a UBGI Scholarship Now

Whether you’re thinking about starting a business in Kansas City, Missouri, or have one you’re ready to rev up, the UMKC Small Business and Technology Development Center is ready to help with a suite of high-impact classes for high-impact entrepreneurs.

Think about it: actual time to work ON your business and not just IN it. And you can do that with people—expert business coaches and peers who are in the trenches with you—who all understand your challenges (because they’ve been there) and can help you clear those hurdles.

These valuable in-person courses will expand your business knowledge and help you make all the right moves as you learn right along with other ambitious entrepreneurs in Kansas City, Missouri. (So you can expand your network and make those vital, lasting connections you just can’t with online-only courses.)

So what’s stopping you from signing up? Like right now? For classes that are starting really soon?

Scholarships Available for KCMO Business Owners

If you reside or operate your business in Kansas City, Missouri, you’re eligible to save hundreds of dollars on these classes when you apply for an Urban Business Growth Initiative scholarship.

(See a list of UBGI-qualifying courses at the bottom of the post.)

And not only will you save on the class proper, you’ll also save on the time, money, sweat, tears and frustration you would’ve spent trying to figure how to start and scale a business on your own. Because #teamwork.

Ready? Apply now.

Your entrepreneurial (and UBGI) inspiration

Johanna Miller Potion YarnsNeed some proof these programs are super valuable? OK. Take Johanna Miller, who thought she’d open a brick-and-mortar yarn business. But after UBGI, she realized that wasn’t a risk worth taking and decided to run an ecommerce business, Potion Yarns. She sold her hand-dyed yarns online and had a profitable business in just seven months.

“I never thought I could start a company from the ground up, and I have,” she says. “Knowing that I can accomplish anything if I set my mind to it, and I really want to do it, has been super empowering for me.”

>>>>>Read Johanna’s entire story.

So are you ready to spin a good yarn about your small-business success story? Apply for a UBGI scholarship here for fall classes while they last. Seriously. Don’t wait. (Scholarship are awesome, but they’re limited.)

So What Does the Urban Business Growth Initiative Do Exactly?

The UBGI program creates economic impact and empowerment in Kansas City’s urban core. In fiscal year 2017, it helped business owners in Kansas City, Missouri, reach more than $2.7 million more in sales and helped create 79 new jobs through courses and counseling from the UMKC SBTDC.

Read the full 2017 impact report here.

Here’s the gist: These scholarships help people who live and work in Kansas City, Missouri, make a real positive impact in their communities.

Upcoming Classes with Available UBGI Scholarships

This fall, UBGI will help more KCMO small business owners, contractors and construction business owners develop their entrepreneurial mindset, plan and solidify their businesses’ financials and prepare for strategic growth with scholarships to selected programs. Click on the class title to apply. Scholarships go fast. Don’t wait to apply:


Aug. 29 to Nov. 7 on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m.

You’re on the cusp of developing a cutting-edge technology or science-based business, but you need help with the details, including funding and intellectual property protection. This program is an intensive eight-session course designed to give technology- and science-based entrepreneurs a proven framework and network of connections to help grow a great idea into the next viable innovation.

Cost: $649

$75 after UBGI scholarship

Entrepreneurial Mindset Training

Sept. 10 to Nov. 5 on Mondays from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Have a business idea but don’t know where to start? Do you want to learn how to be an entrepreneur? Get that vital foundation and some inspiration during this course.

Cost: $649

$75 after UBGI scholarship

Reading and Understanding Financial Statements: It’s All about the Benjamins!

Sept. 11, 2018, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Financial statements may be complicated, but they’re also the core of any successful business. Experts will guide you through every tricky bit.

Cost: $149

$75 after UBGI scholarship


Sept. 28 to Dec. 14 on Fridays (excluding Nov. 23) from 9 a.m.-noon

You’ll take home tools, decision sheets and 30-60-90 day plans using the workshop’s GrowthWheel® Framework that’ll help you make better-informed decisions. This course will also give you a visual toolkit for dialogue, focus, agenda-setting, decision-making and action-taking to help you grow your business.

Cost: $149

$75 after UBGI scholarship

This is close to what I need but not quite. What else do you have for budding entrepreneurs?

Glad you asked. KCSourceLink is the go-to for KC entrepreneurship. We can plug you into the right course, mentor, organization or group for your small business, startup, passion project, side hustle or idea-in-the-making.

Just give us a call at 816-235-6500 or fill out your request over here at www.kcsourcelink.com/myplan. We’ll develop a Personal Action Plan to help connect with resources and opportunities so you can hit that next milestone.


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