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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Coaches Corner: Microloans for Big Opportunities

Justine PETERSEN is a microloan program targeted toward assisting Kansas City microentrepreneurs who need capital to start or grow an existing small business. The goals of the program are twofold: to assist the individual in becoming more bankable either via traditional lending avenues or via a microloan program available through Justine PETERSEN.

Amount of financing through the microloan program can vary, but in no case can exceed $50,000 through this program. The most typical microloan is in the range of $5,000 to $10,000. 

Find the Right Coach for Your Microenterprise

Justine PETERSEN is just one of many resources for microentrepreneurs. Maybe you need the background, skills and knowledge that can be gleaned from a FastTrac New Venture course. (There’s one starting on March 11.) Or maybe your microenterprise could benefit from the training from the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation or the kitchen incubator at the Independence Regional Ennovation Center.

Our Resource Navigator helps you find, filter and map the right matches for your microenterprise based on your need, your business stage and/or your location.

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