UMKC Innovation Center partners with the university and the community to spark and sustain entrepreneurial efforts within our region and across the country.

KCSourceLink connects KC entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

MOSourceLink connects Missouri entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

Whiteboard2Boardroom connects entrepreneurs and businesses to technologies available for licensing.

Digital Sandbox KC provides early-stage proof-of-concept support for digital products.

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center provides technical assistance to startup and existing businesses.

ScaleUP! Kansas City helps businesses with revenues around $200K scale toward their first $1 million.

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers helps local businesses obtain government contracts.

KCInvestED helps investors learn more about investing in KC startups.

SourceLink® helps communities nationwide build vibrant and vital entrepreneurial ecosystems.
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KCSourceLink Staff

Jenny Miller | KCSourceLink Network Builder

Jenny Miller, Network Builder

As the face of KCSourceLink, Jenny is the secret to KC’s successful entrepreneurial network. She uses her skills in collaboration, organization and connecting people to champion resource providers and build networks. Under her guidance, the network has grown to more than 240 partners.

On any given day, you’ll find Jenny in the middle of organizing an event such as Global Entrepreneurship Week, discovering new resources for entrepreneurs and researching new ways to make Kansas City America’s most entrepreneurial city.

Woman-about-town; the go-to resource for entrepreneurship in Kansas City

Sarah Mote of KCSourceLink

Sarah Mote, Marketing Director

Sarah Mote is first, last and always a storyteller.

Master of messages and social media whiz, Sarah brings her considerable talent to bear on telling the SourceLink story and that of our affiliate communities. She drives strategic outcomes through creative communications, always on point and engaging. No wonder SourceLink web traffic has soared under her watch.

Master of messages, chief wordherder, great at driving impact and results

Chante Keller KCSourceLink

Chanté Keller, Network Navigator

Chanté Keller knows someone you should meet. A natural facilitator and listener who has a knack for tending to the heart of the community, Chanté helps people in Kansas City navigate the waters of entrepreneurship by connecting them to the right resource at the right time.

If you need a hand in growing your business or just a shoulder to lean on (or maybe a good laugh), she’s ready to help.

Pro community organizer, master facilitator, comedy connoisseur

David Cawthon of KCSourceLink

David Cawthon, Sr. Communications Coordinator

David Cawthon captures the pulse of communities with compelling and dynamic storytelling. A recovering journalist, he taps his years of reporting, writing and editing to share the stories of Kansas City’s entrepreneurial community and the more than 250 resources that help grow small businesses in the metro.

Know of a great KC business story? David wants to hear about it.

Narrative nerd, word wrangler, entrepreneurial empath

Robin Baer, Network Support

An event-planning guru, Robin crafts fun, informative events throughout the Kansas City area and across the state of Missouri to help educate, support and connect entrepreneurs. These events provide the support they need to be successful.

Architect of events, master of fun
Joey Medellin of KCSourceLink

Joey Medellin, Network Coordinator

As one of the longest-tenured associates of KCSourceLink, Joey Medellin has helped the organization grow from its modest roots into the central hub for entrepreneurship that it is today. Joey juggles multiple balls and never lets one drop. She manages all the administrative details for the organization, from financials to human resources to grant reporting to everything in between, creating a seamless work environment.

Ensures every detail is accounted for; numbers whisperer

Kate Pope Hodel of KCSourceLink

Kate Pope Hodel, Special Projects

Kate Hodel has worked in entrepreneurship for nearly 25 years. A facilitator and project manager, Kate is the pinch hitter for the SourceLink team, working with clients, managing special projects and developing new products.

Kate brings order out of chaos, developing processes to simplify processes and drive completion. If there is a gap, Kate will find it and figure out how to fill it.

Project ninja; works with many projects and clients with detail and ease

Andrea Brito, Community-Based Network Navigator

Andrea Brito, Community-Based Network Navigator

As a Community-Based Network Navigator, Andrea recognizes the importance of community connections. As an entrepreneur herself, she knows starting a new business can be daunting, but also knows anything is possible with the courage to follow your dreams and the right connections. Andrea believes the power of community and connections can turn ideas into reality.

Networking queen. Has never met a stranger, just a friend she hasn’t spoken to yet.

Susan Minto | KCSourceLink

Susan Minto, Community-Based Network Navigator

Susan marvels at the growth of the region and its entrepreneurial community in the past few decades. Now, as a Community-Based Network Navigator, she gives back to the city she adores. A graphic designer by trade, Susan believes deeply that we all have the ability to come up with new and useful ideas, which can inspire us to innovate, do and create.

Self-appointed KC ambassador; networking nerd; consummate creative

Emily Schiltz | KCSourceLink

Emily Schiltz, Community-Based Network Navigator

As a Community-Based Network Navigator, Emily knows how to bring people and projects together and has a knack for understanding others and sharing their perspective. This comes in handy when networking with prospective entrepreneurs, community organizations and Resource Partners in the Kansas City metro area to solve business problems and increase awareness of KCSourceLink.

Communication connoisseur; goal-oriented achiever; benevolent diplomat

Shelby Wells, Community-Based Network Navigator

Shelby Wells, Community-Based Network Navigator

Shelby believes in the pursuit of dreams and is inspired by entrepreneurial grit and passion. She knows every business and owner has a unique story, perspective and mission that deserves a helping hand. She is dedicated to supporting KC entrepreneurs’ goals through her role as a Community-Based Network Navigator and relishes the opportunity to be part of the journeys of the metro’s doers, dreamers and makers.

Conscientious connector, zealous encourager

Maria Meyers of KCSourceLink

Maria Meyers, Executive Director

Maria Meyers is an entrepreneur in her own right, building SourceLink and KCSourceLink from the ground up. Maria shares her expertise with other communities through speaking engagements, journal articles and blog posts.

Maria has a unique ability to encourage and enable collaboration, leading from behind and ensuring that everyone around her has tools for success. Throughout her career she has pulled off the seemingly impossible, such as turning an abandoned train station into a metro hub, commercializing technology out of a university and into the nonprofit sector and rallying a community around gaps in capital for entrepreneurs.

Thought leader in building entrepreneurial communities; inspirational and wicked smart.

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