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

A 8-Part Guide

Growing Your Business

You’re business has survived the startup phase, and it’s ready to grow in the areas of marketing and sales, domestic and abroad; selling to the government; hiring employees; and more.


Market research and planning

Part One

Market Research and Planning

Know what your customers want and make it easy for them to buy what you sell.

Read Part One
Exporting to expand sales

Part Two

Exporting to Expand Sales

Reach markets beyond your immediate borders, domestically and internationally.

Read Part Two
Selling to government and getting certified

Part Three

Selling to the Government and Getting Certified

Submit bids to government agencies and apply for certifications for women-, veteran- and minority-owned businesses.

Read Part Three
Hiring and retaining employees card

Part Four

Hiring and Retaining the Right Employees

Attract, hire and retain the right team, legally.

Read Part Four
Boards and advisers

Part Five

Assembling a Small-Business Advisory Board

Outside oversight can drive business growth and expansion.

Read Part Five
succession planning and exit strategies

Part Six

Exit Strategies for Your Business

Plan for when you’ll transfer ownership, sell internally, sell to a third party or liquidate.

Read Part Six
Networking for business growth

Part Seven

Networking for Business Growth

Learn how to plan, listen and follow up to make important business connections.

Read Part Seven
Business competitions and awards

Part Eight

Business Competitions and Awards

Name recognition, free promotion and greater perceived prominence are just a few benefits of getting an honor.

Read Part Eight