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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Starting a Business? These KC Classes Will Help You Plan, Launch and Succeed

Starting a business takes more than an idea. It calls for a little grit and a lot of planning.

KCSourceLink can connect you with low- and no-cost programs and classes to set your venture up for success. Experts right here in Kansas City can help you develop an entrepreneurial mindset, create a legit business model and plan for a thriving business.

Here, you’ll find classes, coaching opportunities and trainings from KCSourceLink Resource Partners. Did we mention these programs are available at no or low cost? After all, the focus is on a strong local economy – and you’re an important piece of that puzzle.

Some of these programs are one-time sessions, while others require a multiweek commitment. And some deadlines are coming up, so get ready to apply and thrive.


Who’s it for? Aspiring entrepreneurs who want a realistic perspective on whether or not people want to buy what they want to sell.

This five-week class is fast paced, interactive and engaging. The course offers an accelerated timeline for entrepreneurs to get their businesses started as soon as possible. Group activities and coaching from professional business counselors help participants develop their business plans. Materials include FastTrac, GrowthWheel® and other activities.

When: Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., July 27 - Aug. 24 or Oct. 5 - Nov. 2

Cost: $649; scholarships may be available to take the course for $150

Apply here for July 27 - Aug. 24. | Apply here for Oct. 5 - Nov. 2.

SCORE KC Business Planning Tools

Who’s it for? Entrepreneurs who are just starting out, existing businesses that are adding products or ventures in industries that are experiencing significant changes. It’s most of us, really.

Learn how to use the value proposition canvas and business model canvas. These easy-to-use, one-page tools bring clarity to the planning process. You can use them to create a plan for funding, marketing, product development or any need you face.

When: Wednesday, July 28, 9 a.m. - Noon

Cost: Free

Apply here.

SCORE KC Simple Steps for Starting Your Business – Basics

Who’s it for? People who are dreaming of starting their own businesses.

This workshop will teach you how to test your business idea. You’ll also learn what factors determine a startup’s success. The course covers an overview of skill and tools needed to start a business the advantages of owning a business. Participants will also learn the fundamentals of forming and organizing a business, how to market and managing cash flow.

When: Tuesday, Aug. 3, 6 - 8 p.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here.

SCORE KC Financial Prerequisite

Who’s it for: Anyone who needs an introduction to the financial language of business.

A team of seasoned business professionals will provide an overview of terms and phrases entrepreneurs should know. This session is the first of four finance webinars SCORE KC is hosting Aug. 10 - 11.

When: Tuesday, Aug. 10, 5:30 - 6 p.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here.

SCORE KC Financial Statement Basics

Who’s it for? Business owners and budding entrepreneurs who need guidance on basic financial terms and concepts.

This workshop will cover profit and loss statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements. You’ll learn where the numbers come from, what they mean and why they’re critical to your success. This is the second of four finance webinars SCORE KC is hosting Aug. 10 - 11.

When: Tuesday, Aug. 10, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here.

SCORE KC Sources of Funding

Who’s it for? Entrepreneurs who need to learn about various business funding options.

In this class, you’ll learn about traditional funding sources like your own savings, bank loans and investors. You’ll also get the lowdown on nontraditional funding sources like equipment leasing, accounts receivable financing, crowd funding and more. This is the third of four finance webinars SCORE KC is hosting Aug. 10 - 11.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 11, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here.

SCORE KC Financial Projections

Who’s it for? Entrepreneurs who want to plan a budget, assess profitability and set benchmarks for financial goals.

This class will cover the SCORE financial projection template. Participants will also learn about the process to create balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements. This is the fourth of four finance webinars SCORE KC is hosting Aug. 10 - 11.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 11, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here.

SCORE KC Legal Basics for Small Business

Who’s it for? Business owners who need to learn how to comply with federal, state and local laws and diminish their legal risks.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to select and form a legal entity for your business and how to bring in co-owners. The session will also cover employment law, leasing property, insurance, intellectual property and much more.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m. - Noon

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here.

ELEVATIONLAB™ Entrepreneurial Mindset Training

Who’s it for? People who have a business idea but don’t know where to start and those who want to learn how to be an entrepreneur.

This nine-week class combines classroom and online coursework to teach the eight essentials of an entrepreneurial mindset. You’ll use the business canvas process and learn how to evaluate business opportunities. Learners come away from this course empowered and inspired.

When: Wednesdays 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Sept. 15 - Nov. 10

Cost: $649; scholarships may be available to take the course for $150

Apply here.

Women’s Business Center LaunchU

Who’s it for? Entrepreneurs who want to develop a startup plan that will help them succeed in business.

This eight-week program helps position business owners so that they can fund their businesses and develop a network of resources. Subject matter experts like accountants, lawyers and marketing professionals share their knowledge.

When: Mondays 6 - 9 p.m., Sept. 20 - Nov. 9

Cost: $75 for individuals who meet low- to moderate-income guidelines; sliding scale tuition for all other participants

Apply here.


Looking for other opportunities for your business?

KCSourceLink Network Navigators can help. Just tell us where you are and what goals you want to reach. Our Network Navigators will design a free, customized Personal Action Plan just for your business. Individualized for your needs and no cost? That’s a win-win.

You can also check out  our calendar for upcoming events. And our Resource Navigator includes hundreds of organizations and opportunities to help you build your business.

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