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
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Job One

Job One enhances the lives of adults with disabilities by providing a lifetime of meaningful employment choices. We do this through entrepreneurship and partnership with the business community.


For more than 50 years, Job One has been providing opportunities for adults with disabilities. We were formed in 2011 from the merger of two organizations, IBS Industries and Foundation Workshop --both with decades of service helping people with disabilities. These two organizations (founded in 1967) came together to expand employment opportunities, take advantage of joint marketing and sales efforts, and to create a more efficient and cost-effective agency. As a result, Job One is one of the largest and most programmatically diverse business of its kind in the state. Nearly 40% of Job One employees work in community settings and that number is growing each year! Thanks to a committed board of directors, hardworking staff, and outstanding employees we are poised for growth and program innovation. Job One today We employ nearly 300 people with disabilities in Jackson County and surrounding Kansas City metro areas. We take immense pride in our person-centered approach to employment services and our diverse business offerings speak to the wide range of choices we offer. Employees enjoy choices. Secure Document Solutions, Recycling, Job One Careers, AbilityOne, Community Employment, and Subcontracting. 40 staff members with expertise in manufacturing, document destruction, recycling, logistics, finance, human resources, nonprofit management, and developmental disabilities help manage the business operations. A community board made up of 14 individuals from diverse backgrounds and skill sets govern the organization and ensure proper oversight and strategic direction. Job One operates on a nearly $5,000,000 annual budget. 70%+ of our revenue is earned through surpluses on the businesses that we run. This means that Job One is not as reliant upon government funding as many of our nonprofit peers. Our business services include commercial and industrial subcontracting, secure document destruction, recycling, custodial, mail-room and administrative/clerical. We also develop community employment opportunities for individuals through no cost recruiting efforts by our careers team. 


Economic and Site Development

  • Tax Credits

Human Resources

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

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Manufacturing Development

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based

Nonprofit Development

  • Human Resources

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Missouri Business Issues
  • Small Business Policy
Primary ContactJeff Carpenter
Address1085 S. Yuma
Independence, MO 64050
Phone(816) 456-9811