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.
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The Sewing Labs

The Sewing Labs is a non-profit community resource center providing classes and jobs training in sewing-related arts in the KC community. Our newest program, The Sewing Salon Training Program , will provide an unconventional entrepreneurial hub for marginalized and at-risk individuals to develop their sewing businesses.


The Sewing Labs, a community learning center for the sewing arts, introduces a new entrepreneurial hub, The Sewing Salon. The Sewing Salon will provide an unconventional entrepreneurial hub for marginalized and at-risk individuals to develop their sewing businesses.

The Sewing Salon allows us to teach entrepreneurial candidates all aspects of running a sewing business, to provide oversight and assistance as these entrepreneurs begin to do work for hire and provide opportunities for income production through contracted short-run manufacturing. This entrepreneurial incubator will be equipped with a variety of industrial and domestic machines, notions, and tools. Entrepreneurial candidates in our program will fabricate custom goods in short runs, or start an alterations business, for example. This program will provide entrepreneurial candidates with a furnished workspace during training, and perhaps a rentable workspace for startup operations once their business is launched. We believe having tools, equipment, and the support and oversight of experienced seamstresses will make it easier for the entrepreneurs to start and grow a sewing business.

The people and organizations benefiting most from this program are currently unskilled unemployed individuals learning sewing as a trade, and area employers who have a difficult time locating skilled seamstresses.


Business Planning

  • Forming a Business

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Manufacturing Development


  • Formal Mentoring Programs

Networking Organizations

  • Industry Specific

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

  • Incubator Space
  • Maker Space

Product Development

  • Product Assembly and Packaging
  • Product Design and Development

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Subcontracting Opportunities

Starting a Business

  • Home-Based Business Training


  • Home-Based Business Training
Primary ContactEileen Bobowski
Address526 Campbell
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone(816) 379-0682