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

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.


The City of Independence Economic Development Division is committed to making the process of starting or expanding a business as straightforward as possible.  We do this by providing a single point of contact for all development projects and help navigate the permitting, licensing and zoning processes.  Additionally, we offer site location assistance for small businesses and information on development incentives through the City.



Economic and Site Development

  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance

Office, Incubator, Accelerator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Site Location

Regulatory Compliance

  • Codes
  • Government Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits

Starting a Business

  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
Primary ContactJordan Ellena
Address111 E Maple Ave
Independence, MO 64050
Phone(816) 325-7183
Fax(816) 325-7770