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
Zaid Consuegra of Pirate's Bone Burgers in Kansas City, Missouri

Want to Start a Food Business in KC? This 2-Day Conference Will Show You How


Are you hungry to start a food business? Because you live in the Kansas City metro you’ve got a prime seat at the table for some fresh-picked resources that will fill up your brain with the best tips, tricks, experts, organizations and more to get you started and help you along as you grow.

For your first course, here’s one opportunity you should keep your eye on in the coming months: Whether you are an aspiring food business owner or a seasoned professional, you’ll find something valuable at the 2022 Food Business Conference June 10-11 at the Midwest Genealogy Center at 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road in Independence, Missouri.

This free, (yes, FREE) two-day conference put on by Square One Small Business Services by Mid-Continent Public Library offers topics related to mobile food businesses, manufacturing, restaurants, and agriculture and will connect food entrepreneurs (like you) with support organizations, coaches and great info.

Register for Day 1 here. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday, June 10

Register for Day 2 here. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday, June 11

A variety of sessions, workshops, a resource fair and networking opportunities will equip you with the tools to strengthen your business. Whether it’s currently open or still a dream, this conference has what you need to learn, launch, and level up your food business.

Highlights and topics include:

  • a funding opportunities panel

  • a small business triage session with coaches

  • legal issues for food businesses

  • mobile vending

  • restaurants 101

  • the business of wine

  • farm-to-table events

  • local procurement 101

More food business resources

If you’re looking to dive in right away, learn about the top 10 things you need to know before you follow that food folly in the KC metro. And when you’re ready, we’re here to help connect you with the best resources that can help your food business.

Did you know that Kansas City is home to more than 230 nonprofit organizations to help you start or grow a business? And in that bountiful harvest of resources, there’s some top-shelf help for your food business endeavors. Just reach out to us at KCSourceLink (at this link or call us at 816-235-6500) and tell us what your business (or business idea) needs, and we’ll whip up your personalized list of experts and organizations that can get you a seat at the table of successful KC food entrepreneurs.

If you’re wondering exactly how these KC resources help entrepreneurs, just learn from these food business pioneers in the City of Fountains.

Mattie’s Foods, run by sisters Arvelisha Woods and India Pernell, started as a popup that spun off into a food product. The duo then took on their own food truck before they opened their very own brick-and-mortar food business. See how they traversed the food business resources in KC to go from popup to brick-and-mortar restaurant in just two years!

Or maybe you’re more interested in franchising, like Isaac Collins of Yogurtini. This serial entrepreneur brought Yotgurtini to KC, and even expanded during the pandemic, now operating a total of three locations, on top of a yoga studio and entrepreneur consulting business. See how giving back to the community helped Isaac scale.

Ready to start your own sweet success story? Just give Robin, Vishnu, Chante or Michael a ring at 816-235-6500 or let us know what you need here, and we’ll build your very own Personal Action Plan from the 230+ business-building resources in the Kansas City metro.

Stay connected to KC entrepreneurship

Get entrepreneurial insights, inspiration and events delivered right to your inbox. 

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.

Subscribe