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
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Guide: Growing Your Business  Part Two

Exporting to Expand Sales

Reach markets beyond your immediate borders, domestically and internationally.

Exporting process map

If you have a website to sell your products or services, you have the potential to reach markets beyond your immediate borders. One of the best ways to begin is to take a the Export Questionnaire at export.gov. Based on your scores, we can refer you to local resources who can help you at any stage of exporting.

SKIP TO PART THREE: GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND CERTIFICATIONS

 

If you scored 0-20, these groups can help you network and explore exporting:

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Black & Veatch MakerSpace at Johnson County Library

The Black & Veatch MakerSpace at Johnson County Library is an exploratorium of technologic contraptions for innovators, creatives and tinkerers! We help patrons learn to use new equipment and software, troubleshoot technologies, find resources, and help to foster the maker movement. This is a free resource, no need for a library card, and we are open to the public.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City is dedicated to the creation, advancement, promotion and development of economic opportunities within the Hispanic market and business community.

Missouri Department of Economic Development - International Trade and Investment Office

Our mission is to increase the number of Missouri companies exporting and increase the volume of Missouri exports.

Square One Small Business Services by Mid-Continent Public Library

Square One Small Business Services at Mid-Continent Public Library supports local entrepreneurs through access to information, programs, and opportunity. Whether owning a business is a brand new dream or your life’s work, MCPL is committed to helping you succeed.

World Trade Center - Kansas City

World Trade Center is the one-stop-shop for any local company needing information on international consumers and foreign friends looking for information on the assets Kansas City offers.

If you scored 21-35, take advantage of training and education:

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Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, networking opportunities, public relations, and other services related to growth and development in the Kansas City Metro Area.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City is dedicated to the creation, advancement, promotion and development of economic opportunities within the Hispanic market and business community.

International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City, Inc. (ITC)

The International Trade Council (ITC) promotes global trade through focused commercial education and networking to support the Greater Kansas City area.

Kansas Department of Commerce, Export Assistance

The Kansas Department of Commerce assists Kansas companies with their global market development needs and exporting efforts.

Kansas Small Business Development Center at JCCC

The Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) at Johnson County Community College provides business assistance to aspiring and existing small business owners in Johnson, Miami and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas through low cost training events and no-charge one-on-one business counseling.

Missouri Department of Agriculture

The Missouri Department of Agriculture sets agriculture policy and provides assistance to farmers throughout the state, focusing on food related business.

Missouri Department of Economic Development - International Trade and Investment Office

Our mission is to increase the number of Missouri companies exporting and increase the volume of Missouri exports.

Small Business & Technology Development Center - University of Missouri Kansas City

The Small Business & Technology Development Center at UMKC offers one-on-one counseling and training through our ELEVATIONLAB™ track programs to business owners and emerging business owners.

Summit Technology Academy

Summit Technology Academy has been recognized in the national spotlight as an innovative model to prepare juniors and seniors in high school for high wage, high demand, professional careers.

U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service (U.S. Export Assistance Center)

The U.S. Commercial Service - Kansas City provides export and trade-related guidance to businesses in Western Missouri and Kansas.

World Trade Center - Kansas City

World Trade Center is the one-stop-shop for any local company needing information on international consumers and foreign friends looking for information on the assets Kansas City offers.

If you scored 36-65, find help in researching foreign markets:

Provider Information

Black & Veatch MakerSpace at Johnson County Library

The Black & Veatch MakerSpace at Johnson County Library is an exploratorium of technologic contraptions for innovators, creatives and tinkerers! We help patrons learn to use new equipment and software, troubleshoot technologies, find resources, and help to foster the maker movement. This is a free resource, no need for a library card, and we are open to the public.

International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City, Inc. (ITC)

The International Trade Council (ITC) promotes global trade through focused commercial education and networking to support the Greater Kansas City area.

Kansas Department of Agriculture

The mission of the KDA Agricultural Marketing, Advocacy and Outreach Team is to serve all Kansans through innovative programming and delivering solutions designed to create an environment that facilitates growth and expansion in agriculture while increasing pride in and awareness of the state's largest industry - agriculture.

Kansas Department of Commerce, Export Assistance

The Kansas Department of Commerce assists Kansas companies with their global market development needs and exporting efforts.

Kansas Small Business Development Center at JCCC

The Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) at Johnson County Community College provides business assistance to aspiring and existing small business owners in Johnson, Miami and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas through low cost training events and no-charge one-on-one business counseling.

Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC)

Mid-America TAAC assists domestic manufacturers negatively impacted by import competition by providing cost share grant funding to implement improvement projects to make a business more globally competitive.

Missouri Department of Agriculture

The Missouri Department of Agriculture sets agriculture policy and provides assistance to farmers throughout the state, focusing on food related business.

Missouri Department of Economic Development - International Trade and Investment Office

Our mission is to increase the number of Missouri companies exporting and increase the volume of Missouri exports.

Small Business & Technology Development Center - University of Missouri Kansas City

The Small Business & Technology Development Center at UMKC offers one-on-one counseling and training through our ELEVATIONLAB™ track programs to business owners and emerging business owners.

Square One Small Business Services by Mid-Continent Public Library

Square One Small Business Services at Mid-Continent Public Library supports local entrepreneurs through access to information, programs, and opportunity. Whether owning a business is a brand new dream or your life’s work, MCPL is committed to helping you succeed.

Summit Technology Academy

Summit Technology Academy has been recognized in the national spotlight as an innovative model to prepare juniors and seniors in high school for high wage, high demand, professional careers.

U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service (U.S. Export Assistance Center)

The U.S. Commercial Service - Kansas City provides export and trade-related guidance to businesses in Western Missouri and Kansas.

World Trade Center - Kansas City

World Trade Center is the one-stop-shop for any local company needing information on international consumers and foreign friends looking for information on the assets Kansas City offers.

If you scored 66-90, these groups can help you find partners:

Provider Information

Kansas Department of Agriculture

The mission of the KDA Agricultural Marketing, Advocacy and Outreach Team is to serve all Kansans through innovative programming and delivering solutions designed to create an environment that facilitates growth and expansion in agriculture while increasing pride in and awareness of the state's largest industry - agriculture.

Missouri Department of Economic Development - International Trade and Investment Office

Our mission is to increase the number of Missouri companies exporting and increase the volume of Missouri exports.

Summit Technology Academy

Summit Technology Academy has been recognized in the national spotlight as an innovative model to prepare juniors and seniors in high school for high wage, high demand, professional careers.

U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service (U.S. Export Assistance Center)

The U.S. Commercial Service - Kansas City provides export and trade-related guidance to businesses in Western Missouri and Kansas.

World Trade Center - Kansas City

World Trade Center is the one-stop-shop for any local company needing information on international consumers and foreign friends looking for information on the assets Kansas City offers.

If you scored 91-100, find specific help through these organizations:

Provider Information

Kansas Department of Agriculture

The mission of the KDA Agricultural Marketing, Advocacy and Outreach Team is to serve all Kansans through innovative programming and delivering solutions designed to create an environment that facilitates growth and expansion in agriculture while increasing pride in and awareness of the state's largest industry - agriculture.

Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC)

Mid-America TAAC assists domestic manufacturers negatively impacted by import competition by providing cost share grant funding to implement improvement projects to make a business more globally competitive.

Summit Technology Academy

Summit Technology Academy has been recognized in the national spotlight as an innovative model to prepare juniors and seniors in high school for high wage, high demand, professional careers.

U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service (U.S. Export Assistance Center)

The U.S. Commercial Service - Kansas City provides export and trade-related guidance to businesses in Western Missouri and Kansas.

World Trade Center - Kansas City

World Trade Center is the one-stop-shop for any local company needing information on international consumers and foreign friends looking for information on the assets Kansas City offers.

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