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.
UMKC Innovation Center
UMKC Innovation Center
Press that Button: Legal Tips for Startups

Coaches Corner: Resources for Startups

Resources for Kansas City StartupsSpring has sprung. Kansas City is alive with the excitement of warmer weather and sunnier days (we’ll get there). In the spirit of buds and blossoms and all things new, we give you a spring medley of courses and resources to help you launch your business and see it succeed (or bloom if you will).

And, if you haven’t already, take a look at our Resource Rail we crafted just for Kansas City’s astute entrepreneurs. It’s a map to all the entrepreneurial resources in the city that will take you from inception to exit.

Go forth and flourish.

Resource Partners for Startups

We hand-selected six of our Resource Partners (out of 240+) to assist you in the early beginnings of your startup or business idea.  

The world's leading provider of high-quality learning curricula and networks specific to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Kansas City Startup Village
The Kansas City Startup Village (KCSV) is an entrepreneur-led, organic, grassroots initiative helping to bolster the Kansas City entrepreneur and startup community. KCSV has a co-working space, incubator, accelerator and meeting space for entrepreneurs.

The Kansas City SCORE Chapter is composed of more than 50 volunteers who provide guidance and counseling to entrepreneurs in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of the small business and the owner's personal objectives. The Simple Steps to Starting A Business is offered free to both start-up entrepreneurs and in-business small business owners. SCORE speakers will talk to groups or organizations on a variety of subjects.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. SBA offers a comprehensive website complete with a list of 20 questions to ask yourself before you start a business and even has information on buying an existing business.

Small Business & Technology Development Center - University of Missouri Kansas City
The UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Centers offer one-on-one counseling and training to business owners and emerging business owners.

Think Big Partners
Think Big Partners is an early-stage startup accelerator and mentorship-based collaborative network. It includes a coworking space (Think Big Coworking), entrepreneurial conferences and events, essential services, startup resources and funding (Think Big Ventures).

Upcoming classes and events

Not sure where to start or prefer hand-on training? We hear you. We checked out our Classes & Events calendar (it’s right there at the top of our website) and pulled a few upcoming April classes and courses to get you headed in the right direction. Want to peruse the calendar yourself? You can search by any subject (we selected Business Planning), location, distance, keyword and entrepreneurship level (we picked Startup).

The First Steps to Starting a Business
Tuesday, Mar 30 @ 1-5 p.m.
This four-hour offering provides an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business. It is specifically designed for those who are thinking about starting a new business. Topics include the basics of business ownership and planning, forms of business entities, regulatory issues and marketing and financing.

This course costs $99 and is being held at the Full Employment Council. Sponsored by the Small Business & Technology Development Center – Clay County Extension.

KCSourceLink Traveling Office Hours (hey, that’s us)
Tuesday, Apr 5 @ 1-4 p.m.
Meet with KCSourceLink to discuss your aspiring startup or established small business and get connections to the right resources to start, grow or accelerate.

You’ll leave our face-to-face equipped with an action plan that will help you solve your business challenges whether you’re stumped about business plans, marketing or the right funding to pursue. It’ll be like having a small business army of 240+ service providers in your back pocket.

Have a question? Bring it. Don’t know what questions you should even be asking? We can help with that, too. No appointments necessary. And of course, the meet with KCSourceLink staff is free. This event will be held at the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation.

Starting a Business: Success Right from the Start
Tuesday, Apr 5 @ 6-9:30 p.m.
Thinking about starting a small business? This seminar provides an overview of useful business information including government requirements and forms of business organization. You will learn how to objectively evaluate your business concept, products and services; define and analyze the market potential for your business; and begin work on a business plan for managing your business and obtaining financing. A banker and an attorney who specialize in working with small businesses also participate in this seminar as guest speakers.
This event costs $35 and is hosted by the Kansas Small Business Development Center.

Business 101: Legal Considerations in Starting a Business
Monday, Apr 11 @ 5-6 p.m.
Are you thinking about starting a business, but are confused by what you've heard or read about limited liability companies, sub-chapter "S" corporations and other considerations? Learn what limited liability is, what it will (and won't) do for you, and more helpful information at our free public seminar on starting a business.
This event is sponsored by the UMKC Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic.

Trademark and Copyright Basics for the Small Business Owner
Tuesday, Apr 19 @ 3-5 p.m.
For the small business owner wanting to learn how to protect their business name, logo, content and creative works. Focus is on protecting trademarks and copyrights while avoiding infringing upon the rights of others. Taught by attorney who provides practical and useful information.
This event costs $30 to attend and is hosted by the Kansas Small Business Development Center.

Call us

Did you know we have actual live human beings who answer our phones? Who doesn’t like talking to some real folks? Give us a call at 816-235-6000, and we’ll connect you to the right resource.

How can we help you?

Our team helps grow entrepreneurship in Kansas City every day.

Connect with us!

Get insights, inspiration and events to help you start, grow and accelerate KC businesses.