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 Six

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.


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Bioscience & Technology Business Center - Lawrence

The BTBC, 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.

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.

Bloch Venture Hub

In partnership with PlexPod Westport Commons, we have spaces for coworking, mentoring, and a resource library, as well as providing workshops and programming to help new entrepreneurs get started!

Block Knowledge

Block Knowledge, previously known as Project United Knowledge. Our goal is to continue assisting nontraditional founders to realize their fullest potential and to impact communities. We have numerous classes & workshops to provide entrepreneurial knowledge, financial knowledge, and technological knowledge to the community.

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.

Bunker Labs Kansas City

Bunker Labs Kansas City is part of a national network of veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs dedicated to helping the military connected community start their own business.

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.

City of Blue Springs, Missouri

The City of Blue Springs, Economic Growth and Development Division works to retain, support, and collaborate with existing businesses while also recruiting new businesses that are in line with the city’s long-term strategic plan.

City of Independence, Missouri

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.

Crossroads Charter Schools Community Collaborative

The Crossroads Community Collaborative is a project-driven learning experience where your real-world problems and ideas become real opportunities for students at the Crossroads Preparatory Academy. Our partners benefit from a symbiotic relationship, where business and organizational needs are being met by our students at no cost.

Downtown Council of Kansas City

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 Kansas City, MO

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.

EnCorps Partners

Dedicated to building community through supporting economic development and business growth, EnCorps Partners, LLC works with developers and city officials to create sustainable flex office spaces tailored to community needs.

Ennovation Center

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

Enterprise Center in Johnson County

The Enterprise Center in Johnson County (ECJC) is a venture development organization providing resources and connections to accelerate the success of early-stage companies.

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.


We have partnered with Plexpod to bring you the first coworking space with on site childcare in Kansas City. If you are a parent looking for a flexible educational childcare program for your child aged 3-5, reach out, we will love to connect.

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 Metro Area.

Hammerspace Community Workshop & Makerspace

Hammerspace is a 7000 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.

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.

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 is a 501c6 non-profit association and serves as the regional advocate for Kansas City's Tech Industry. Comprised of over 130 member companies and sponsors, the organization focuses work on three primary areas - workforce development, industry access, and policy advocacy.

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.


LaunchKC’s accelerator platform partners Kansas City corporations with tech startups. 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.

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.

Liberty Economic Development Corporation

The Liberty Economic Development Corporation is a public private organization dedicated to the growth and prosperity of the Liberty, Mo 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-America Manufacturing Technology Center

MAMTC 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.

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.

Office Evolution Overland Park

Office Evolution OP is secure business center featuring professional shared space, dedicated offices, conference rooms & mailing addresses. We help businesses grow through our community, networking, education, professional space & services.

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.


Plexpod is people space; a progressive coworking facility where creators, entrepreneurs, and businesses access inspiring workspaces, inviting communities, and empowering resources and amenities to grow your business.

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 & 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.

Surplus Exchange

Surplus Exchange is an environmental nonprofit that houses three programs that aid small business, new business and nonprofits.


The SymbioBiz Family Business Hub is a business incubator for parent entrepreneurs. We provide flexible space to host classes and workshops and provide onsite childcare.

The Device Labs

The Device Labs in Shawnee offers coworking and office spaces, engineering and rapid prototyping as well as professional services for every stage of business.

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 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 urban community. Our newest program, The Sewing Salon, will provide an unconventional entrepreneurial hub for marginalized and at-risk individuals to develop their sewing businesses.

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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