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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Going Up? Grow Your KC Business with These Expert-Led Classes and Workshops


When you’re starting a business, there are many resources to help you get going. But what about when your enterprise is stable and you’re ready to grow?

The good news is that there are lots of resources to help during this phase of business, too. KCSourceLink’s Resource Partners offer a variety of classes, lunch and learns and programs to help Kansas Citians scale smart. Whether you need to increase sales, improve marketing or investigate certifications, there’s a class to meet your needs.

Check out these upcoming programs and get ready to grow:

Kansas SBDC at JCCC: Online Marketing Strategies for Small Business

Who’s it for? Business owners who want to improve their online presence.

What is it? This two-day course will use Grow with Google modules on search engine optimization, getting your business on Google Maps and using Google analytics for effective marketing. The class will also cover the legal issues of doing business on the internet and how to build relationships with customers via email and social media.

When: Tuesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 5, 1:30 - 4 p.m.

Where: Entrepreneurial Resource and Training Center, Kansas City, Kansas

Cost: Free

Apply here.

Pathway Financial Education: Marketing to Grow Your Business: Everybody Loves a Winner

Who’s it for? Business owners who have been operating for at least three years and want to learn the latest marketing strategies.

What is it? Hear from a marketing guru how to attract customers and build your brand. You’ll learn leading-edge ways to connect meaningfully with the people who need your products and services.

When: Tuesday, May 10, 6 - 7:30 pm.

Where: Pathway Financial Education headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: Free

Apply here.

Enterprise University: Scale Your Culture: Achieving Authentic Growth with Integrity

Who’s it for? Leaders who want to scale their organizations sustainably.

What is it? Learn about benefits of keeping your purpose organic as you grow. This course will discuss strategies for removing barriers to authenticity. You’ll also find out about internal resources that can help your team become more efficient.

When: Wednesday, May 11, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here.

Pathway Financial Education: Build a Sales Pipeline for Growth

Who’s it for? Owners of businesses that have been in operation for at least three years.

What is it? Learn how a sales pipeline stimulates demand and helps your business achieve its revenue targets. This session will discuss the science behind the sales process. Participants will explore the cycle of converting prospects into clients.

When: Tuesday, May 17, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Pathway Financial Education Headquarters, Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: Free

Apply here.

BBCetc/SHARPhub: Commercial Development Path

Who’s it for? People who want to commercialize their invention, either via licensing or launch.

What is it? Discover a step-by-step approach to commercializing your invention. This session will talk about the most efficient and effective ways to get your research from lab to market. It will also cover target market sizing and competitive positioning.

When: Tuesday, May 24, 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here.

Missouri PTAC: Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps

Who’s it for? Business owners interested in working with local, state or federal governments.

What is it? This introductory session covers getting started in government contracting. You’ll learn about registrations and certifications, as well as how to market to the government and get help preparing government bids.

When: Wednesday, June 1, 9 - 11 a.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here for June 1.

Growth360

Who’s it for? Owners who are working full time on their business, which has been operating for at least two years and had at least $50,000 in sales last year.

What is it? This multi-week series introduces the GrowthWheel® Framework. It can help participants avoid blind spots and make smarter decisions. These classes will provide an action-oriented process to help businesses grow. You’ll come away 30-, 60- and 90-day plans and a visual toolkit for dialogue, focus, agenda setting, decision making and action taking.

When: Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., June 2 through Aug. 4

Where: Missouri SBDC at UMKC, Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: Free

Apply here. Deadline is May 23.

Missouri SBDC at UMKC: Small Business Certifications for Federal, State & Local Government Contracts

Who’s it for? Business owners who are curious about doing business with local, state and federal government entities.

What is it? In this session, participants will get an overview of current small business socio-economic certifications. You’ll learn about the purpose of these designations, eligibility rules, application processes and the benefits.

When: June 15, 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here for June 15.


More opportunities for your growing KC business

There are so many resources available to Kansas City-area entrepreneurs. If you’re not finding the one that’s right for you, fear not. KCSourceLink has your back. Check out these resources:


  • Classes & Events Calendar: This ever-expanding list includes hundreds of area happenings for KC entrepreneurs.

  • Personal Action Plan: Get a customized to-do list and connect to experts who can help you reach your business goals. Our Network Navigators will create this priceless resource for you—for free.

  • Resource Navigator: This tool lists hundreds of organizations that can help you meet the people, gain the skills and get the connections your business needs.


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