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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.
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Mid- Contient Public Library Culinary Center

The MCPL Culinary Center is a resource for anyone interested in learning more about food and culinary entrepreneurship. Within the Green Hills Library Center, the Culinary Center features a teaching kitchen and two shared commercial kitchens.

About

The MCPL Culinary Center is a destination and resource for anyone interested in learning more about food and culinary entrepreneurship. Housed in the Green Hills Library Center, the Culinary Center features a teaching and demonstration kitchen and two shared commercial kitchens for use by startup food businesses. 

The Culinary Center’s goals are to enrich our customers’ lives by teaching about and through food with culinary literacy programs, and to help launch and grow local businesses in the community through MCPL’s Culinary Incubator Program. 

Services

Business Planning

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

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Insurance Requirements

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies
  • Retention

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Insurance Requirements

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Manufacturing Development

Marketing/Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Website Development

Mentoring

  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking Organizations

  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

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

  • Accelerator
  • Commercial Kitchen Facilities
  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking space
  • Incubator Space
  • Maker Space

Operations and Logistics

  • Freight and Distribution
  • Health and Safety Training

Product Development

  • Product Assembly and Packaging
  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Regulatory Compliance

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

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Website Development

Training

  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactXander Winkel
Address8581 N Green Hills Road
Kansas City, MO 64154
Phone(816) 800-9503