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? Scale and Grow Your KC Small Business With These Classes, Workshops


You’ve survived the startup phase — now what?

When you’ve established your business and are ready to grow, it can feel like a whole new world. Fortunately, KCSourceLink’s Resource Partners (there are over 230 in KC) are here to help you move forward at every phase of your entrepreneurial journey.

Check out the classes and programs designed to help your business grow in the right direction. Whether you want to increase sales, improve marketing or explore certifications, there’s an opportunity to meet your needs. 

 

Enterprise University: Building Your Brand in a Digital Landscape

Who’s it for? Business owners looking for a competitive edge

What is it? Learn the branding basics that can help you develop your own brand strategy in a digital environment. This workshop will discuss how to master expectation management and how branding creates an emotional response.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here. 

 

SCORE KC: HR 101: You’re Ready to Hire People — Now What?

Who’s it for? Business owners who need to hire employees the right way

What is it? This session explores workable strategies to help you manage human resources. You’ll learn how to navigate everything from recruitment to employee paperwork to wrongful termination. This class will cover job descriptions, 1099 vs. W-2, payroll, benefits and more.

When: Thursday, Oct. 6, 9 - 11 a.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here.

 

Missouri SBDC at UMKC: Social Media Mindset: Build Relationships Not Clicks!

Who’s it for? Small business owners who want to create long-term customer relationships

What is it? Social media can be a powerful tool for small businesses. Learn how to use channels like Facebook and Instagram to create not just sales but also lifelong customers.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Online

Cost: $149

Apply here.


SCORE KC: Diverse Business Certifications Workshop

Who’s it for? Entrepreneurs who might be missing out on opportunities because they don’t have a particular businesses certification

What is it? This webinar will cover the basics of certification for woman-, minority-, veteran- and LGBT-owned businesses. Learn how these certifications can impact your business and what the requirements are for specific certifications.

When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 12 - 1 p.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here for Oct. 15.


Square One Small Business Services by Mid-Continent Public Library: Business Model Canvas Workshop

Who’s it for? New entrepreneurs who want to define their concept and seasoned business owners who want to prevent three- and five-year business slumps

What is it? Learn how to create meaningful direction while better understanding your customer’s pains. This workshop will help you identify how to improve and expand on your current and future business ideas.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6 - 8 p.m.

Where: Sept. 14: Mid-Continent Public Library - Claycomo Branch, Claycomo, Missouri; Oct 25: Mid-Continent Public Library - Blue Ridge Branch, Kansas City, Missouri

Cost: Free

Apply here for Oct. 25. 

 

SCORE KC: Developing Your Online Presence

Who’s it for? Entrepreneurs who need to successfully market their businesses

What is it? The internet is now your business’s front door. This webinar will take you step by step through how to create an online marketing presence. You’ll learn how to start or improve a website, how search engines work and how social media can work for you.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here.

 

SCORE KC: Business Credit

Who’s it for? Entrepreneurs who need capital

What is it? Whether you’re paying business expenses out of your own pocket or just flat out need more funding, this webinar is for you. Learn how to set up and build your business credit. This session will discuss using business credit as leverage with investors and how to prepare for credit limits.

When: Thursday, Oct. 27, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Apply here.

 

More opportunities for your growing KC business

The Kansas City entrepreneurial ecosystem is full of people and classes who can help you reach your business goals. If you’re not finding the opportunities that are right for you, fear not. KCSourceLink has your back with these free resources:

KCSourceLink Classes & Events Calendar: This ever-expanding list includes all the area happenings for KC entrepreneurs.

Personal Action Plan: Get a customized to-do list to help you grow your venture. 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 funding your business needs.

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