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

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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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Why You Should #ShopLocalKC this Holiday Season

How much do you think you’ll spend this year on holiday shopping? Do the math: presents for nieces and nephews, gift baskets for your work party, a delicious feast for the family…


That’s how much the National Retail Federation projects American shoppers will spend on average this year. We encourage you to spend some of that dough at locally owned stores, aka: #ShopLocalKC.

You may be asking, why does it matter if shoppers spend their money at a locally owned business as opposed to a big-box retailer? Isn’t all money spent in a community essentially good money?

Nope. Let’s break it down.

Not only do small businesses outnumber large corporations and make up for more than half of the nation’s jobs, they also generate 70 percent more local economic activity per square foot than big box retail.

It’s simple. Money spent locally, stays locally.

Ready to spend some money (at locally owned stores)? Visit our #ShopLocalKC map to see many of the awesome retailers across the metro ready to fill your sleigh. And if you own a business and aren’t on the map yet, get listed now!

Still not convinced you should #ShopLocalKC? Here are a few more reasons:

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Also hop over to our Instagram to see #ShopLocalKC photos all December long.  

Thank you for shopping local, Kansas City, and happy holidays!

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