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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Pair Up with a Pro

Big help for your small business.

Tell us what your business needs and we’ll help you get it.

We understand that cash is tight for our small business. However, we also understand that you need access to professional business services right now if your business is to survive.

Pair Up with a Pro is your connection to professional business services that are typically outsourced by small businesses—accounting, marketing, website development, grant writing, and more—and through this program, offered at no cost to you.

Need help . . .

  • preparing financial documents for funding?
  • understanding and mapping out a balance sheet?
  • priming your business for a pivot?
  • getting online?
  • reaching new customers through social media?
  • setting up online or curbside services?
How does it work?

For a limited time and on a first-come, first-served basis, we’ll pair you with a business professional for a one-on-one session to help you overcome your current business hurdle.

You’ll leave the session with clear next steps and tangible results to help your business build resiliency and comeback stronger.

Using the form to the right, just let us know what your biggest challenge is right now, and we’ll match you with a service professional who can help, at no cost to you.

Who can submit a request?
  • Any local, independently owned business in the greater Kansas City metro area
  • that is already in business,
  • with fewer than 10 employees,
  • and that has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
What professional services are available?

Professional services will expand with demand. Right now, experts are ready to assist your business in these areas:

  • Accounting
  • Buying/selling a business
  • Pivoting
  • Bookkeeping and Quickbooks
  • Legal
  • Taxes
  • Financing applications
  • Grant writing
  • Marketing
  • eCommerce

Want to offer your professional services?
Email Morgan Perry of Square One Small Business Services.

So what do I get?

Pair Up with a Pro will utilize the extended KCSourceLink entrepreneurship network along with Square One’s deep knowledge of industry experts to connect businesses to just-in-time resources and add another tool to the toolbox for small business success in Kansas City.

Business owners receive:

  • A one-on-one session with a professional service provider in your area of need.
  • A solution or clear next steps to help you keep moving forward.
  • The confidence and peace of mind that you’re making the best decisions for your business.

And we’ll follow up with you after your sessions to make sure you got what you needed.

Is there an application deadline?

Pair Up with a Pro is a pilot program, offered for a limited time on a first-come, first-served basis during this beta-test period. The program can continue, shift or expand based on demand and further support.

How can I support this Pair Up with a Pro?

Have services or know-how you’d like to lend to the effort? We’d love your help. Email Morgan Perry of Square One Small Business Services.



Pair Up with a Pro is administered and funded by Square One Small Business Services by Mid-Continent Public Library and KCSourceLink.

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Pair Up with a Pro

Let us know the biggest, single hurdle you're facing right now and we'll match you with a business professional who can help, at no cost to you. Fields with a red asterisk are required. Let's get started!

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