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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Guide: Start a Business  Part Seven

Site Location Assistance/Coworking Space

Which location is best for your business: storefront, coworking space or office?

Coworking Space 

Coworking is a style of work where professionals are working independently in the same environment. Professionals working in the same space are able to gain access to new ideas and techniques, learn from each other and build relationships across industries. 

Site Location Assistance

City and county officials in your area usually know what locations are available, can provide input on traffic and market patterns and will know of any zoning issues.

Provider Information


Alphapointe is a Nonprofit that sells more than 50,000 brand name business supplies to companies in the Kansas City area, as well across the U.S. at our online store. This store supports our mission to create jobs for the visually impaired in our community.

bcp tech Accelerator

When you have an insurtech product that is ready for market, the bch tech Acelerator want to help accelerate your growth.

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.

Black Economic Union of Greater Kansas City

The Black Economic Union of Kansas City is a not-for-profit Community Development Corporation located in the historic Lincoln building at 18th and Vine Kansas City MO. The Black Economic Union of Kansas City was founded in 1968 by Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns football star turned actor, and Curtis McClinton, former Kansas City Chiefs Halfback, and is the oldest of Kansas City's 13 Community Development Corporations.

Bridge Space

Bridge Space is the first coworking space and entrepreneur incubator in downtown Lee's Summit. We have private offices, programming to accelerate your business and plenty of space for coworking.

Brookside Business Association

Brookside Business Association promotes economic development, community growth, business retention and attraction in the Brookside area of Kansas City, Mo.

Central Exchange

Central Exchange is a preeminent membership organization in the Kansas City area which provides the venue and voice for women seeking to reach their full personal and professional potential.

Charlotte Street Foundation

the Charlotte Street Foundation identifies the needs and fuels the evolution of an ever-changing multidisciplinary arts ecosystem, acting as its primary provocateur. They cultivate the contemporary, the exceptional, and the unexpected in the practice of artists working in and engaging with the Kansas City art community.

City of Blue Springs, Missouri

With a focus on economic growth and prosperity, the Economic Growth and Development Division of the City of Blue Springs works with the Economic Development Council to retain, support, and collaborate with existing businesses while also recruiting new businesses that are inline with the city’s long-term strategic plan.

City of Independence, MO

The Independence Economic Development Division is tasked with developing a vibrant economy in Independence and is committed to helping entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes successfully navigate the development process.

City of Peculiar, Missouri

The City of Peculiar assists expanding and relocating businesses, through identifying funding and technical assistance resources, assisting with exporting, accessing assistance programs (including tax incentives), and identifying available sites or buildings.

City of Richmond

The mission of the Richmond Department of Economic Development is to promote and support business and economic development within the community of Richmond, Missouri.

Downtown Council

The Downtown Council is your one-stop resource for opening a business in Downtown Kansas City providing research and development and ombudsman services.

Economic Development Corporation of KCMO

The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is a not-for-profit organization with a staff of apx. 30 people that is the City of KCMO's primary development organization & provides assistance to new and expanding businesses already located in Kansas City, Missouri, or those considering a Kansas City location. In addition, the EDC administers the City's TIF program, LCRA, and Enhanced Enterprise/Zone Works program.

Ennovation Center

The Ennovation Center business incubator provides the location and business development services for companies focused in Culinary and Business & Technology.

Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic and Intellectual Property Clinic at UMKC

Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic and Intellectual Property Clinic delivers legal advice and facilitates the delivery of professional business planning and intellectual property services to owners of small businesses – both existing and start-ups — who cannot afford the market rates for such services. UMKC faculty will supervise law students as they provide legal and professional services to qualified clients.

Excelsior Springs Area Chamber of Commerce

The Excelsior Springs Area Chamber of Commerce helps to engage, influence and impact the business community of Excelsior Springs, MO.

FabLab MCC-Business & Technology

FabLab is a resource for individuals to access tools, technology and training. The lab is filled with machines that allow members to design and fabricate many different concepts into working prototypes.

Gladstone Economic Development Department

The Gladstone Department of Economic Development department is dedicated to improving the economic welfare of Gladstone, Mo.

Grain Valley Partnership

The Grain Valley Chamber Partnership is dedicated to being the primary advocate for businesses in the Grain Valley area by promoting economic development, providing educational resources and partnering with our members to improve the business environment and community image.

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 region.

Hammerspace Community Workshop & Makerspace

Hammerspace is a 17000 square foot workshop facility which is home to Kansas City's community of makers, crafters and inventors. It's like a gym for people who build stuff!

Hispanic Economic Development Corporation

The Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is dedicated to improving the lives of Latinos within the greater Kansas City. HEDC achieves this through business development and economic and community wealth creation initiatives.

Independence Economic Development Council

The Independence Council for Economic Development (ICED) acts as a liaison between businesses and government and provides economic research on the Independence area.

InnovateHER KC

InnovateHER KC is a 5000+ member leadership community that connects, empowers, and supports women leaders - uniting women to accomplish incredible things.

Innovation Stockyard

The Innovation Stockyard operates the Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator on the campus of Missouri Western State University with a focus on economic and workforce development, and animal health and nutrition.

InterUrban ArtHouse

InterUrban ArtHouse is creating a regional hub where artists can work and prosper in an affordable, sustainable and inclusive environment to drive innovation, economic vibrancy and community culture.

Kansas City Coworking Alliance (KCCA)

The KC Coworking Alliance (KCCA) is a collective of independent collaborative coworking spaces in the Kansas City metro area. The KCCA works to spread the word about coworking, share best practices to strengthen our unique communities, and collaborate in the new shared economy.

Kansas City Kansas Public Library

The Kansas City Kansas Public Library offers business reference services, including access to information for small business or those contemplating starting a small business.

Kansas City Missouri Public Library, H&R Block Business & Career Center

The H&R Block Business and Career Center at the Kansas City Public Library provides resource material and online databases used by entrepreneurs and business owners.

Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts

Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (KCVLAA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides legal and accounting assistance to artists and arts organizations.

Kansas Manufacturing Solutions (KMS)

KMS helps companies realize never ending growth in the rapidly changing global marketplace by helping make American businesses more innovative at home and more competitive abroad.

KC Collective

KC Collective was developed by startup founders for startup founders. Through collective collaboration, we leverage our networks to provide introductions, mentorship, generous perks and discounts from our partners, and the education and resources necessary for driving your business forward.

KC Tech Council

The KC Tech Council serves as the regional advocate for Kansas City's tech industry, focused on elevating Kansas City as the leading tech hub of the Midwest. Membership comprises companies ranging from early-stage to enterprise, covering all facets of the tech industry and an abundance of outside industries that bolster its growth.

KC Velocity

Our purpose is to provide high quality mentoring, events and leadership services to growth oriented companies, along with networking opportunities for entrepreneurs, to result in positive business activity and facilitate job creation in Lee’s Summit.

K-State Extension Wyandotte County

"To provide leadership in education through evidence based, culturally appropriate programs and information that improves the quality of life for all citizens."

K-State Technology Development Institute (TDI)

The Technology Development Institute provides a variety of resources and services through collaborative engineering and business development partnerships to advance technologies, people, and companies.

KU Innovation Park

KU Innovation Park, with locations at both the University of Kansas (KU) Lawrence Campus, and Kansas University Medical Center (KUMC) in Kansas City, is the largest incubator system in the state. It is comprised of three separate facilities totaling approximately 90,000 square feet of wet lab, office space, and shared work spaces.


LaunchKC’s accelerator platform partners Kansas City corporations with scalable startup businesses. They select startups that align with each corporation’s goals, providing them access to exciting innovative products and services. Startups chosen for the program will receive unprecedented resources from our corporate partners.

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence Public Library (LPL for short) is a community hub where our patrons can learn, connect, create, and grow through access to our vast collections, resources, services, programs, and knowledgeable staff.

Leanlab Education

LEANLAB Education is an organization that builds communities and launches transformational innovations into K12 schools.

Leawood Chamber and Economic Development Council

When you engage with the Leawood Chamber of Commerce, you become part of a genuine community of people dedicated to business and personal success in and around Leawood, Kansas. Our mantra is "Business Personalized" because working together, we all have the opportunity to connect, support, build and learn from each other. Let's connect so we can show you what the Leawood Chamber can do for you.

Lenexa Chamber of Commerce

The Lenexa Chamber of Commerce is a highly recognized chamber in the region offering business support and networking opportunities in the Lenexa, Kan., area.

Metropolitan Community College - Corporate College

For over 30 years, the Metropolitan Community College Corporate College has served Kansas City by providing a) customized training and consulting services for regional businesses; b) short term training programs for high workforce demand industries; and c) professional development opportunities.

Miami County Economic Development Department

The Miami County (Kan.) Economic Development Department assists businesses in their development and expansion while promoting the region's economic growth.

Mid- Contient Public Library Culinary Center

The MCPL Culinary Center is a resource for anyone interested in learning more about food and culinary entrepreneurship. Within the Green Hills Library Center, the Culinary Center features a teaching kitchen and two shared commercial kitchens.

Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

NEKCCC strives to be a financially sound, well-managed business association that enhances the quality of life and economic competitiveness in the Historic, contemporary and multicultural district of KCMO.

Olathe Economic Development Council

The Olathe Economic Development Council, a not-for-profit organization, provides assistance to new and expanding businesses already located in Olathe, Kan., or those considering an Olathe location.

Overland Park Economic Development Council

The Overland Park Economic Development Council provides demographic, real estate and general business development consulting services to promote business in Overland Park, Kan.

Parkville Economic Development Council

The Parkville Economic Development Council has been established to recruit, retain and assist Parkville businesses.

PCs For People Kansas City

PCs For People Kansas City provides technology assistance to nonprofit organizations with very inexpensive, high quality refurbished computers, Wi-Fi and network installations, tech support and on-going maintenance plus IT consulting at below market rates.

Platte County Economic Development Council

Platte County Economic Development Council (PCEDC) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to enhancing economic development activities in Platte County, Mo.

Raytown Office of Economic Development

The City of Raytown has initiated an aggressive economic development effort emphasizing small business development, business recruitment and business retention. The program provides real estate site selection, incentive attainment and general ombudsman services.

Shawnee Chamber of Commerce / Economic Development Council

The Shawnee Chamber & Economic Development Council promotes job creation, business expansion and real estate development in Shawnee, Kansas.

South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

The South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, networking opportunities, professional development and other services related to starting or growing a business.

Southtown Council

The Southtown (Mo.) Council strives to facilitate linkages among the stakeholders in Southtown to create an environment for economic development and community growth.

Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corp

The Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) works to attract and retain business in Southwest Johnson County, Kan.

St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce

The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, networking opportunities & other services related to growing businesses in St. Joseph, Mo.

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.


Techstars utilizes a global ecosystem of founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners work together to create a network of support that lasts throughout your entrepreneurial journey.

The Black MasterMind Group Charitable Foundation

The Black MasterMind Group is designed to create strategies to help the Black Entrepreneurial Community; Start, Stabilize, Sustain, and Scale businesses in the black entrepreneurial community. The Black MasterMind Group works collaboratively with organizations, community leaders, business coaches, trainers, educators, and business leaders, to teach entrepreneurial financial literacy and business strategies helping the black entrepreneurial community secure funding.

The Incubator Kitchen at Kansas State University Olathe

K-State Olathe's Incubator Kitchen provides facilities and expertise to support the food industry with start-ups, new products, scale up, optimizing processes, and R&D in analytics, microbiology, consumer panels and logistics.

The Lab at Indian Creek Library

The Lab at Indian Creek provides a space for the community to explore, create, invent, build and collaborate with others. The Lab offers a variety of equipment and tools for customers to use and learn.

The Porter House KC

The Porter House KC is a inner city based co-working community who provides entrepreneurship access and resources to underserved populations in the Kansas City Metro area. Our mission is to be a bridge for underrepresented individuals that typically don't have access to the entrepreneurial dream.

The Sewing Labs

The Sewing Labs is a non-profit community resource center providing classes and jobs training in sewing-related arts in the KC community. Our newest program, The Sewing Salon Training Program , will provide an unconventional entrepreneurial hub for marginalized and at-risk individuals to develop their sewing businesses.

The Toolbox: Small Business Resource Center

The Toolbox is the go-to resource for everything small business in Wyandotte County, Kansas. All of our services are offered at no-cost to local residents and businesses. We provide support with planning, registering, funding, operating, and growing your business. We take the intimidating checklist of starting and operating a business and distill it down into the essentials through private one-on-one small business coaching. We want to make navigating business-related processes in Wyandotte personable, simple and accessible, so you can get back to doing what you do best — creating, innovating, and succeeding in your business.

T-Mobile Accelerator

The T-Mobile Accelerator is a hub for corporate innovation & entrepreneurial engagement located in downtown Kansas City.

UMKC Entrepreneurship Scholars Program (E-Scholars)

ENTREPRENEURSHIP SCHOLARS allows you to work alongside a peer group of entrepreneurs while you take your business from idea to launch. Learn from accomplished entrepreneurs from the Kansas City startup community as well as exceptional faculty. Leave with a plan for how to develop a scalable and sustainable venture, and get ready to bring your dream to life.

Waldo Area Business Association

The Waldo Area Business Association promotes economic development, community growth, business retention and attraction in the Waldo area of Kansas City, Mo.

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