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

Entrepreneurship & Workforce Center

The Entrepreneurship & Workforce Center, located at the Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center, makes lives better by providing services that enhance, support, and produce success within you, the community and beyond!


We provide expansive services for startups which help turn your ideas into revenue and revenue generation into a systemized process that leads to growth and sustainability.

No matter what sector your company serves or what your growth needs are, we aim to provide you and your company—or future company—with customized services and access to leading-edge resources.

New entrepreneurs come with needs as specific and varied as their business ideas. Here, you have access to affordable—sometimes even free—services and expertise. A sample of our services include: 

  • SDVOSB (Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business) & VOB Certification assistance 

  • MBE/WBE/DBE/SLBE Certification assistance 

  • Section 3, HUBZone, and more Certification assistance

  • How to compete at the Federal Level workshops

  • How to get your business on the GSA Schedule workshops

  • Identifying and obtaining IDIQ Contracts

  • Completing your 501(c)3 application

  • Marketing & Brand Management

  • Maximizing cash flow and revenue creation 

  • Website creation 

  • Separation of bidding documents by industry  

  • Bidding & Contract Negotiation Assistance

  • Virtual and physical office use space

  • Meeting rooms available for small to medium-sized groups 

  • Mailbox Services

  • Phone extension services with “Find Me” features

  • ...and so much more

 Call us today to discover how we can assist you!


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Real Estate Finance

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership/Professional Development


  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Student Marketing Projects

Nonprofit Development

  • Board Development
  • Human Resources
  • Strategic Planning

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

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking space
  • Incubator Space
  • Office Space
  • Site Location

Operations and Logistics

  • Health and Safety Training

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • HUBZone Certification
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Registration Assistance
  • Subcontracting Opportunities

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance Training
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • Startup Classes
  • Trade Education and Training
Primary ContactMarcelyn Humphery
Address6565 State Ave
Kansas City, KS 66102
Phone(913) 288-7880