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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Going for Entrepreneurial Gold

From the last month’s Golden Globes to this week’s Golden Medals (not to mention the Grammys, the Super Bowl, the Oscars), it’s officially Super Season, a time to strive for and celebrate our best, whether we’re in  entertainment, sports—or even business.

During these next few weeks of Olympic feats, we at KCSourceLink are gathering our friends to tackle that slopes of business challenges and  toss you tips that will help your brand emote, your marketing sing, your finances shape up and your management huddle up—all so you can better dodge the moguls that challenge your business and skate on to success.

From now through Feb. 23, join us for our Going for the Gold! Business Olympics blog series (say that a few times fast). We’ll be highlighting tips from our Resource Partners and corporate friends to help established and growing business stay ahead of the curve and the competition.

Grab the Rings of Business Success (or Five Rings to Rule Them All!)

 Our blog series will focus on those five challenges for all established and growing businesses:

  • Strategic Planning: Your business’s strategic business plan helps define your direction and establish milestones for your business, and if you need funding for growth, your lender will want to see your business plan.
  • marketing, Sales + Branding, Oh My!: marketing is all about customers: knowing their needs and wants and creating the environment in which it is easy for them to buy. Start with UMKC SBTDC’s great Guide to Developing a marketing Plan. It’s a gem.
  • Funding + Accounting: We’ve got resources and partners who can help you find funding andget educated  about all things financial.
  • Human Resources: Your people are your company's most valuable asset. Be thoughtful in how you hire and manage your employees to support your growth.
  • Management: From creating a board of advisors to training up your in-house leaders, get ready for tips on how to create a winning team.

Still Gearing Up for Your Big Moves?

Not quite established yet? Still in startup training? Check out our Startup for Success blog series and get tips to help your startup:

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