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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Missouri Entrepreneurs Can Access No-Cost Business Coaching across the State

When funding is on the line in times like these, it’s more important than ever to connect with a coach and business expert who has the knowledge, experience and savvy to help navigate you through applying for loans, getting your financials in order, illuminating blind spots of your business you haven’t noticed and other key guidance you’d be hard-pressed to get anywhere else … at no cost.

Q: So, where exactly are these business coaches and experts, and how can you connect with them?

A: They’re called Missouri Small Business Development Centers and they’re ALL OVER the state.

And business consultants at these centers offer confidential advice, teach business classes and provide valuable help you need now. (Your tax dollars help pay for their vital services).

More specifically, they provide:

- Up-to-date COVID-19 SBA disaster information for small businesses
- Cash-flow analysis
- Information on local, state and federal resources
- Long-term strategic planning
- Executive coaching from certified coaches to help during these stressful times

They can even help you with PPP funding and other opportunities across the Missouri that you can explore on the MOSourceLink Coronavirus Business Resources page.

Take a peek at the 13 SBDCs you can access in Missouri. And let us know if we can help make an introduction to these resources and many others. Just give us a ring at 866-870-6500, and we’ll craft your free Personal Action Plan, which outlines the key help your business needs now, like an SBDC consultant and much, much more.

Financial Assistance for Your Business

Explore the financial resources available for small businesses that are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Discover more options and financial strategies and request assistance.

Make an appointment with an SBDC counselor in your area:

- Cape Girardeau: Southeast Missouri State University
- Columbia: University of Missouri
- Jefferson City: Lincoln University
- Joplin: Missouri Southern State University
- Kansas City: University of Missouri - Kansas City
- Kirksville
- Moberly: Moberly Area Economic Development Corp.
- Rolla: Missouri University of Science at Technology
- Sedalia: State Fair Community College
- Springfield: Missouri State University
- St. Joseph
- St. Louis
- West Plains: Missouri State University - West Plains

Make sure help is there when you need it

One thing we know for sure in this time of uncertainty is that things will continue to change and the businesses that will survive are the ones that have the tools to adapt.

As we navigate stay-at-home orders, reopening of business, economic recovery and possible future stay-at-home orders, you’re going to need the right (and accessible and affordable) resources at your side to help your business weather the storm.

Here’s a simple thing you can do to make sure SBDCs and other resource organizations continue to receive funding so they can continue to provide the vital service of helping Missouri doers, dreamers and makers get through these difficult times: Educate your policymakers on why your business is important and what kind of help you need.

NEXT Missouri, a nonprofit organization that works to promote small businesses and those who support them, is ready to amplify your voice and educate policymakers in the state about the importance of entrepreneurship, especially during a time when funds tighten and leaders are weighing budgets for the coming fiscal year. Join the NEXT Missouri movement with your fellow entrepreneurs from the Show-Me State so that vital resources like Missouri SBDCs and the entrepreneur support organizations they work with can continue to help you through this crisis.

And there are other business coaches and counselors available at other organizations across the state, so if you’re looking for help that’s a little more specific (like taxes or legal assistance), just give us a call at 866-870-6500, and we’ll connect you with the best resources in Missouri (over 600+) to help your business. If you’re looking for funding opportunities, explore what’s available here, and feel free to reach out to us about what funding might be right for your business.

No matter where you are in your small business journey, we’re always here to help … we’re just a phone call away.

Get What Your Business Needs during COVID-19

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