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

Missouri Department of Economic Development - Kansas City Region

The Business Development team within the Missouri Department of Economic Development is ready to assist your existing Missouri Business.


Effective March 20, the Missouri DED has implemented telework for all its employees. The Department has also begun taking applications for programs digitally. 

Each program's webpage has details of the new process, including login credentials so you can access the secure file transfer system. You can find your program using DED's program lookup tool.

For programs that require a wet signature, raised seals or other physical documentation, a contingent approval will be granted and further verification provided at a later date.

The Department of Economic Development is a state of Missouri agency that assists in creating jobs and attracting capital investment for economic growth and infrastructure improvements in Missouri. Regional project managers can assist existing business owners with access to the various tax credit and loan programs available through the state.


Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Tax Credits

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Government Funding
  • Tax Credits

Human Resources

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


  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Market Research

Regulatory Compliance

  • Bonding
  • Codes
  • Government Requirements
  • International Regulatory Compliance

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies

Tax Services

  • State Tax Credit Information
  • Tax Credits
Primary ContactMaggie Kost
Phone(573) 751-4962