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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#YouCreateKC: How to Start a Business in 2017

#youcreatekc how to start a business

2016 is a done deal, and 2017 is just waiting for you to make the most of it. What do you want to achieve in 2017? Tell us on social media with the hashtag #YouCreateKC.

It’s time to set your new year’s resolutions and start working toward your goals. Do you want to start your own business in Kansas City? Or maybe you want to find new customers and new markets? Perhaps you want to know how to increase sales and revenues?

Well,  you came to the right place. A few of our resource partners are here with steps you can take right now to make that goal a reality:

morgan perry mid continent public libraryResolution: Start my own business
From: Morgan Perry, Square One at Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL)
For: First time entrepreneurs

Whether you have a hobby like knitting or website design that you want to turn into a moneymaker, or you have an art practice or a consultancy that you need to professionalize, you have to set aside time to make a plan, set goals and lay out action steps to get where you’re going.

Head to to see everything Square One Small Business Services has to offer to first time entrepreneurs including information on MCPL’s Business Basics series and one-on-one help.

With a MCPL library card you have access to their online learning database, which includes courses in “Accounting and Bookkeeping,” “Business Management,” and “Learn HTML.”   

linda zapulla score kansas cityResolution: Identify and seek out target audiences
From: Linda Zappulla, SCORE
For: Microenterprise entrepreneurs

No matter your product or service, artisanal chocolates or ACT/SAT tutoring, it is imperative that you know who your primary customers are and how to reach them. Attend a SCORE workshop on “Startup Basics” or “Marketing Strategy” to work alongside other entrepreneurs. Read “Five Marketing Must Haves for Small Businesses” and start building your brand today. And request a meeting with a SCORE mentor today (it’s free) to get the support and guidance you need to build your own small business.  

Resolution: Increase sales
From: Michelle Kretsinger, University of Missouri-Kansas City Small Business and Technology michelle kretsinger umkc sbtdcDevelopment Center (UMKC SBTDC)
For: Small business owners

It’s impossible to run a business without money coming in the door. That’s why whether you like it or not, everybody’s a salesperson. Sign up for the UMKC SBTDC’s next “Winning at Sales: Nobody Eats until Somebody Sells Something” course to learn how to fill your sales funnel and increase profits through sales growth via accountability.

Another course you should check out is FastTrac® NewVenture™ where you will explore the feasibility of your business concept and learn how to develop a viable business plan. (Follow this link to see if you are eligible for a HUGE scholarship.)  

Not sure what class you need? Just us a call: 816-235-6500.

eden holsman irs kansas cityResolution: Learn your tax responsibilities
From: Eden Holsman, IRS
For: Self-employed and small business owners

April 15, 2017, will be here before you know it; Uncle Sam wants his money! Visit the “Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center” at the IRS website for helpful resources including videos on “Business Income” and “Filing and Paying Taxes.”

Then subscribe to “e-News for Small Businesses” to get tax information from the IRS direct to your inbox. And be sure to get reminders of due dates and actions for each month via the “IRS Tax Calendar for Businesses and Self-Employed.”  

Haven’t found what you’re looking for?

Send us some info here and we will be in touch ASAP with your personalized action plan. 2017 is only 365 days long, you better get started today.


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