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
June 02, 2016

Get Your Goods on the Map with MO STEP=UP!


Take Advantage of Financial Assistance Opportunities for Expanded Export Activity with MO STEP=UP!

Are you interested in expanding your export activities, but are concerned about cost, or fearful about entering a new market? We are here to help! The MO STEP=UP program, an initiative of the Missouri International Trade and Investment Office funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, is a grant program offering international marketing and financial assistance, designed with small business owners like you in mind. By taking part in MO STEP=UP, your company could embark on the following activities focused on growing your exports to the Middle East, Central and South America:

  • International trade missions with the USDOC and USDA
  • Utilize Department of Commerce Gold Key Services, including customized market and industry research, international partner searches, and attend foreign market sales trips
  • Translate your current website into Spanish or Arabic
  • Receive help developing collateral materials, brochures, internet search engine optimization, promotional products and trade show displays
  • Attend sector specific trade shows, and receive 50% of actual costs, or $5,000 maximum reimbursement for trade shows that occur in Central and South America and the Middle East, with an additional 20% reimbursement (70% or $5,000 maximum reimbursement) for trade shows that occur in Colombia, Panama, Peru and the UAE.

Learn more here or contact the Export Experts.

(Taken from the Missouri Department of Economic Development)

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