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 SBDC at Northwest Missouri State University - St. Joseph

The SBTDC offers confidential, one-on-one counseling, coaching and training to existing businesses and emerging business owners.


To assist clients during this crisis, the SBDC of Northwest Missouri State University is posting daily Facebook videos to provide timely, helpful information. They are also offering webinars.

The SBDC of Northwest Missouri State University is one of a network of offices located throughout the state. The SBDC at NWMSU provides assistance with business plans, strategic planning, marketing, market research, financial analysis, coaching and more. The following are examples of the type of assistance available in the network:


  • Financial analysis with industry comparisons, ratio analysis, break-even, and more.
  • Capital budgeting
  • Financial projections
  • Financing options and debt restructuring


  • Market research (demographics, psychographics, drive time studies, etc.)
  • Customer segmentation
  • Customer relationships and satisfaction
  • Customer and market knowledge
  • Competitive analysis
  • Pricing
  • Promotions


  • Business Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Balance Scorecards
  • Management analysis
  • Continuous improvement
  • Ethics and liability management
  • Human resources (Recruitment and selection, compensation and employee retention, policies/manuals, motivating employees, etc.)

Technology Development

  • Patent assistance
  • Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants
  • Investor presentations and preparation
  • Building management teams


Business Planning

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

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Wet Lab Incubator


  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research


  • One-on-One Counseling

Regulatory Compliance

  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Classes

Tax Services

  • State and Federal Tax Training

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Technology Transfer


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactRebecca Lobina
AddressSt. Joseph Chamber of Commerce
3003 Frederick Avenue
Saint Joseph, MO 64506
Phone(816) 364-4105
Fax(816) 364-4873