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

U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service (U.S. Export Assistance Center)

The U.S. Commercial Service - Kansas City provides export and trade-related guidance to businesses in Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas.


The CS - Kansas City staff of international trade specialists provide export and trade-related guidance to businesses in Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas.

Whether you're looking to make your first export sale or expand to additional international markets, we offer the trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking, and commercial diplomacy you need to connect with lucrative business opportunities.

We will work with you to identify and tailor the right mix of U.S. Commercial Service capabilities to achieve your exporting goals.

Resources include:

  • General export counseling
  • Participation in international trade shows and missions
  • Access to extensive market research databases
  • Assistance in identifying foreign markets
  • Locating and qualifying overseas distributors and customers
  • Electronic resources to match U.S. firms and overseas buyers


Business Planning

  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Financial Assistance for International Trade Shows

Import and Export Assistance

  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Import/Export Certification and Licensing
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Trade Education and Training


  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets

Networking Organizations

  • International Trade

Operations and Logistics

  • Locating Freight Forwarders/Customs Brokers

Regulatory Compliance

  • International Regulatory Compliance

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses


  • International Trade Training
  • Trade Education and Training
Primary ContactSally Pacheco
Address1000 Walnut Street
Suite 505
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone(816) 421-1876
Fax(816) 410-9208