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

International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City, Inc. (ITC)

The International Trade Council (ITC) promotes global trade through focused commercial education and networking to support the Greater Kansas City area.


Founded in 1944 by J.C. Nichols, the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City (ITCGKC) strives to build a strong and successful international business network in the Kansas City region. ITCGKC connects professionals and partners in the international business and academic communities, delivers timely international trade education, and bridges access to relevant resources. ITCGKC is honored to list a growing membership that includes organizations in business and government as well as academic institutions; we also welcome individual and student members.

Executive Director: Pam Dobies, Ph.D. Networking and Educational Opportunities: Fourth Friday Breakfast Meetings (six/year)

* Meeting over a buffet breakfast at an area restaurant, ITCGKC offers a platform for international trade experts in government, business, or academia to engage in discussion about timely practical issues relevant to success in exporting and/or importing. Women in International Business

*Open to women and men in international business, ITCGKC convenes an elegant luncheon at a local restaurant on International Women's Day at a local restaurant. The program features a motivational, informative keynote by a leading female business or policy leader in international trade, topped by the presentation of our choice for ITCGKC Women in International Business Legacy Award. Global Bridge (launching Fall 2017)

*ITCGKC has launched an international workforce enhancement program that includes two parts:

   > Fall: Several of ITCGKC's corporate members host several undergraduate and graduate students in international business (IB) from member academic institutions to provide insight to their companies' international business operations and introduce their staff to eager students' pursuing IB careers.

   >Spring: ITCGKC offers a 16-hour course of study led by its corporate members in critical operations of international business for undergraduate and graduate students in IB. These seminars comprise a 16-hour curriculum designed by ITCGKC's Board of Directors to address practical areas in IB that may not be addressed in typical IB academic courses. TRADEWINS (copyrighted)

*ITCGKC offers a live group simulation in a buy-sell situation involving fictional international companies. This dynamic learning activity is commonly 3-4 hours in length and is facilitated by an ITCGKC members with broad experience in exporting and importing.


Import and Export Assistance

  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Trade Education and Training

Tax Services

  • State Tax Credit Information


  • International Trade Training
  • Trade Education and Training
Primary ContactPam Dobies
Address4747 Troost Avenue
Suite 119 E
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone(816) 235-6654
Fax(816) 235-2947