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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Are You the Small Business Person of the Year? Nominations Open for KS, MO


Could you be the next Small Business Person of the Year for Kansas or Missouri … or even the nation?

The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for the 2023 National Small Business Week Awards. The awards recognize SBA-assisted small businesses’ inspirational achievements and contributions to their communities and the nation’s economy.

All nominations should be submitted electronically by 2 p.m. CT Dec. 8, 2022. The awards will be presented during the NSBW Awards ceremony in the first week of May 2023.

For over 50 years, the SBA has celebrated National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

To nominate a small business owner in your area or download related forms, criteria and guidelines, visit sba.gov/nsbw. Nominations for the following categories will be accepted:

Small Business Person of the Year: A business/owner from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam will be selected for the State Winner award. The state award winners will compete for the title of National Small Business Person of the Year, SBA’s signature award.

Additional awards include:

Small Business Exporter of the Year

Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery:

  • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery

  • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery - Mitigation

  • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official

  • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer

Federal Procurement Awards:

  • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year

  • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors)

  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year

Awards to SBA Resource Partners:

  • Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center Award

  • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award

  • Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year

Small Business Investment Company of the Year

For more information on our local SBA, visit the SBA Kansas City District site.

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