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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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Business Resources & Updates

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is first and foremost a human tragedy. It is also having a significant impact on the global and local economy. The topics below provide Kansas City entrepreneurs and business owners with business resources to navigate their businesses through outbreak.

Check back often. We'll be updating this portal as new resources and funding becomes available.

Take Action


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Find Funding + Financing

Cash flow, cash management and disaster relief funds—find the right program or path for your business.

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Small Business Funding, Loans and Grants

See our regularly updated list of local, county, regional and national funding opportunities. 

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🆕 PPP Forgiveness Application

The new portal is for PPP borrowers with loans of $150,000 or less. Learn more. 

Shop Local Safely

#ShopLocalKC

Graduations, weddings, date night or just to say "thank you"—shop KC's local makers and support local safely.

Online Workshops and Webinars for KC Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

Find Webinars + Workshops

Find a webinar to help you get online or learn more about funding or submit your own event for small business and entrepreneurs.

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KC Entrepreneurs in Action

Learn how KC's entrepreneurs used their time during pandemic to start and grow their businesses.

Coronavirus Business Resources

Last Updated: 8/31/2021


What's new? Check out new articles and resources below on event planning, remote work, work-life balance and how to help accelerate your COVID-19 innovation.

Get Help for Your Kansas City Startup or Business

Help for You


Business is different in this post-pandemic “new normal.” Here are resources to help you adapt your businesses and create resiliency.

Coronavirus RESOURCES IN OTHER LANGUAGES

  • Recursos en español

  • Resources in Other Languages

Coronavirus HELP FOR YOU

  • Find the Right Funding for Your Business

  • Free Remote Mentoring and Business Coaching

  • Policy Tracker

Coronavirus SELF-CARE

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How to Help


When entrepreneurs see an opportunity, they seize it. When they see a problem, they solve it. Here are some ways to accelerate your innovation and help build your community.

Coronavirus HOW TO HELP

  • Innovate

  • Shop Local Safely

Guides for Reopening a Business during Coronavirus

Reopen, Return, Recovery


These resources will help ensure a healthy workplace and promote staff and customer safety.

Coronavirus REOPEN, RETURN AND RECOVERY

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About Employees


Business owners can help ensure employee wellness and workplace safety with these resources.

Coronavirus EMPLOYEES

  • Employee Communications

  • Employee Policies and Workforce Concerns

  • Employee and Workplace Wellness

  • Employee Paid Leave

  • Employment, Unemployment and Alternatives (for Employers)

  • Payroll Tax Credits (also see Tax Relief)

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Doing Business Online


During the pandemic, e-commerce exploded for big-box retailers. These resources will help small businesses do more business online.

Coronavirus DOING BUSINESS ONLINE

  • Customer Communications

  • Marketing

  • Remote Work, Work from Home and Workplace Policies

  • Broadband

  • Virtual Events and Meetings

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Leadership


Business leaders experienced a variety of leadership challenges during the pandemic. These resources will help enhance leadership as your business grows.

Coronavirus LEADERSHIP

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Legal Issues


Can you ask your staff if they have been vaccinated? Or your customers? These resources will help you stay on top of the legal issues of the post pandemic.

Coronavirus LEGAL ISSUES

  • Quick Links

  • General Legal Tips

  • Workplace Issues

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Impact of COVID-19 on Business


What's the next normal? See how COVID-19 impact industries and how businesses are taking those lessons forward.

Coronavirus INDUSTRY IMPACTS

  • Business, Entrepreneurship and Industry Impact

  • For Artists

  • For Farmers

  • For Innovation-Led Startups

  • For Main Street Businesses

  • For Manufacturers

  • For Self-Employed, Gig Workers, Independent Contractors

  • Research + Running Business Statistics

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Health and Safety


Tap these resources to stay up to date on healthy and safety guidelines for your business.

Coronavirus HEALTH AND SAFETY

Need business help right now? We're here for you!


Our hotline is—and will continue to be—open for your business. You can still talk to real people and get relevant resources to help your business in general and throughout the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Give us a call at 816-235-6500 or tell us what you need at kcsourcelink.com/myplan, and our Network Navigators will help you get to the right resources to start, plan, grow and fund your business. Our services are free.

Know About Something We Missed?


We're here to help your business. What topics do you want to hear more about? How is the outbreak affecting your business? Let us know at kcsourcelink.com/contact.

See How KC Business Are Taking Action