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

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.


HEDC assists individuals and small business owners through wealth-creation programs and services:

  • Operation JumpStart Primer Paso program that delivers a “how-to”, hands-on  approach to providing aspiring entrepreneurs with a comprehensive set of resources to help start and grow successful businesses.
  • Business Development Program – HEDC provides one-on-one technical assistance to current and aspiring entrepreneurs needing help with starting, sustaining or growing a small business.  Among the services provided:

             - Start-up assistance

             - Business plan assistance

             - Strategic growth plans

             - Market research and analysis

             - Financial assistance, loan packaging

             - Obtaining business licenses and permits

             - MWD/BE application assistance

             - Microloans for existing clients to assist with business expenses. Click here for application.

  • Computer Training Program – HEDC provides computer training and adult education, covering the following topics:

              - QuickBooks training

              - Introduction to computers

              - Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint)

              - Email

              - Social media



Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Site Location Assistance

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Industrial Technology Research


  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research

Nonprofit Development

  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services

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

  • Site Location

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Hispanic Business
  • Kansas Business Issues
  • Missouri Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Insurance Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Subcontracting Opportunities

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Tax Services

  • Tax Preparation Assistance
  • Tax Registration

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Industrial Technology Research


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactGloria Zarate
Address1722 Holly Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone(816) 221-3442
Fax(816) 221-6458