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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.

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Get Your Missouri Business Ready to Reopen with These Events

We know the past few weeks haven't been easy for your business ... but know that the MOSourceLink network has your back and is ready to help inspire you and connect you with the help you need right now to answer your most pressing questions.

So we've plucked a few of the most pertinent virtual events from the MOSourceLink calendar (ahem, add YOUR events here) that can help you best manage your team remotely, learn more about SBA loans, finally start on that business idea, get your financial statements in order and more.

Looking for more events to attend from the comfort of your home? Explore the MOSourceLink calendar, which is full of virtual events to help your business navigate the challenges that COVID-19 is creating for everyone. We're all in this together, and MOSourceLink is ready to inform, connect and uplift you until your operations can return to normal.

Are you looking for resources to help your business navigate COVID-19 or weighing all the funding opportunities? Head to the Coronavirus Business Resource page or let us know what you need by calling 866-870-6500.

Office Hours with a Banker

May 6 (Wed.) 1 - 5 p.m.

Sign up for Office Hours with a Banker, put on by the Grace Hill Women’s Business Center, and talk business and personal finances with a pro.

This is the time to discuss business/personal finance questions and concerns. Hear it straight from a banker's mouth about small business loans and more! *One 30-min session per attendee.

NEXT Missouri Advocacy Update

May 8 (Fri.) 2 - 3 p.m.

Join the NEXT Missouri Advocacy Update, and learn about new policy in Missouri and how small businesses and entrepreneurs could be affected. Plus, join the conversation and let the organization know what your business is facing so it can inform policymakers about issues important to small businesses.

Get What Your Business Needs during COVID-19

Explore coronavirus business resources (that we're updating constantly) for any type of business. Discover tax help, legal assistance, employee guidance, funding and financing opportunities and more great information that your business needs now.

Virtual Workshop: Get the Grant; What's Your Mission Statement?

May 9 (Sat.) 10 - 11 a.m.

A majority of small businesses in KC and across the state don’t qualify for current SBA funding, so find out who can help your business and learn about other funding options at a Virtual Workshop: Get the Grant; What’s Your Mission Statement? with Square One Small Business Services at Mid-Continent Public Library.

Join Stephanie Parris, founder of Guardian Accounting Services, as she walks you through the importance of having a mission statement and how to craft one and use it in your sales pitch.

Leaving a Legacy: Business Exit Strategy Planning

May 14 (Thurs.) 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

At some point, everyone will exit their business, so start planning now. Sign up for Leaving a Legacy: Business Exit Strategy Planning with Enterprise University.

Join the discussion and learn from real stories of companies that finished well, and a few that didn’t and why.

  • Discover the process around aspects of business exit planning

  • Command the highest value your business deserves

  • Avoid landmines around business transition planning

Starting Your Business: Basics

May 16 (Sat.) 9:30 a.m. - noon

Test your business idea and pin down what factors spell success for your business at Starting Your Business: Basics with SCORE - Kansas City.

You’ll get:

  • An overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business

  • The advantages and disadvantages of owning a business

  • The most profitable form for your business

  • The fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources

This is the first Workshop in the three-part series “Simple Steps to Starting Your Business.”

  • Session 2 - Business Concepts/Marketing Strategy

  • Session 3 - Financial Projections/Funding Sources/Next Steps

Check-in at 8:45 a.m.

Financial Stability Now … Why Are You Waiting?

May 20 (Wed.) 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Get the tools and perspective to achieve financial clarify in your business at Financial Stability Now … Why Are You Waiting? with The Hatchery.

What do you need for this class? This is an interactive workshop, so if you can bring a profit-and-loss (income) statement for the previous six months, please do. Answers won’t be shared publicly, but a worksheet will be provided for you to use.

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