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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Next Month: Events and Classes to Grow Your Missouri Business

Spooky season has arrived! But starting a Missouri business or growing your newest venture doesn’t haven’t to be scary. Put down the horror films and candy corn and head out into your community this month. No, not for trick-or-treating but to attend one of the many events that can help you build your business.

And find the what, where and when, with the MOSourceLink calendar, your place to find waves of entrepreneurial education and inspiration. It’s chock-full of hundreds of business workshops, classes and networking events that can help you build your social network, evaluate your idea or scale your business. And you can filter those events by subject, entrepreneur type and location.

At the top of the month, we’ll also post a few featured events from around Missouri. So grab your planner, calendar or smartphone and let’s get your network working for you.

Let the statewide roundup begin …

October 1, 2019: Social Media for Your Business, Sedalia, Mo.

As people spend more time on smartphones, tablets and laptops, the challenge for businesses and brands is connecting with customers through all these devices in real time and creating campaigns that work across social media, display advertising and e-commerce. Come hangout with the Missouri Small Business Development Center at State Fair Community College and learn how to find the best trends to engage your audience and leverage social media marketing. 

October 8, 2019: Entrepreneurship 101, Marshall, Mo.

The Small Business Development Center at State Fair Community College is hosting a workshop where attendees will leave with gems. Learn how to start a business, develop a business plan, get financing, hire and train employees, and grow what you’ve built. Reserve your spot now so you don’t miss out. 

October 9, 2019: Tech Entrepreneur Workshop Series, Columbia, Mo.

Got a great technology-based idea and want to turn it into a business? Or a new idea for an existing business? The Missouri Small Business Development Center at the University of Missouri Columbia is hosting the Tech-Entrepreneur Workshop Series, a four- week course that’ll help you transform your ideas into a viable business through a simple, powerful, proven system. Throughout the workshop series, participants will work with business and entrepreneurship experts to learn about developing a business model canvas and federal loan and grant opportunities, all with one-on-one feedback, with so much more in store. 

October 16, 2019: Smart Start: Developing a Successful Business, West Plains, Mo.

Do you dream of starting your own business but don’t know where to begin? How do you validate your startup idea before you quit your day job? What chance does your idea have of being profitable? 

It's easy to be overwhelmed in the early stages of launching a company. Learn the first steps to starting your own business and how to pave the way to success. This workshop will outline the first steps you need to take, how to create a business plan and how to get a handle on the finances from the start.

Deadline to register is 2 p.m. Monday, October 14.

October 18, 2019: VISION Small Business Innovation Symposium, St. Louis, Mo.

VISION is a collaborative effort by multiple St. Louis area resource partner organizations and is St. Louis’ premier annual conference celebrating a wholly inclusive, diverse innovation community. No matter the stage of your business and no matter the size of your dream, register for this one-of-a-kind conference that addresses not just your career but also your mind, body and soul.

Collaborate with local experts and peers during roundtable discussions targeted to your business needs, receive one-on-one mentoring to gain access to local resources and learn strategies for mindful self-care that will help you with personal and professional goals.

This is an event for entrepreneurs, through and through!

October 24, 2019: Understand Your Business Landscape and Find Potential Customers, Rolla, Mo.

Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to join this workshop to learn how to find data to help start or grow a business and to understand a region’s business landscape. This workshop is sponsored by the Small Business Development Center at Missouri University of Science and Technology, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Census Bureau and Columbia College.

Attendees will learn how to locate detailed information, including income, poverty level and/or populations in an area. They will also learn how to access information about potential customers and similar businesses for those starting, planning or expanding a business

October 30, 2019: Startup Missouri Expo, Chesterfield, Mo.

Startup Missouri Expo is an annual trade show designed to connect small business owners, serial entrepreneurs and young startups with resources to help them develop, manage, maintain and improve their businesses. This expo will focus on our state's exciting and burgeoning startup community and innovative entrepreneurs who are changing the face of Missouri's economy. The expo is ideal for entrepreneurs, startups, incubator tenants, business owners and ancillary businesses that support small businesses.

Chart your path to success! Expo passes are free with registration, giving you access to educational sessions, exhibits and panel discussions.



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