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

A 10-Part Guide

Start Your Business

Make sure you take the right steps to set up and establish your new Missouri business. 

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Part One

Evaluate Your Business Idea

Research your customers and business competition.

Read Part One

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Part Two

Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset

To be an entrepreneur, you need to think like an entrepreneur.

Read Part Two

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Part Three

Build Your Social Network

Your network is invaluable to your business.

Read Part Three

Plan your business

Part Four

Plan Your Business

A strategic business plan is the key to a profitable business.

Read Part Four

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Part Five

Build a Lean Canvas

A strategic business plan is the key to a profitable business.

Read Part Five

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Part Six

Register Your Business

Here are the steps to register and license your new business in Missouri.

Read Part Six

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Part Seven

Buy a Franchise

Own your business with the support of a big business network.

Read Part Seven

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Part Eight

Find Office Space

Which location is best for your business: storefront, coworking space or office?

Read Part Eight

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Part Nine

Start a Nonprofit

Give back to the community and help those in need.

Read Part Nine

Open a Branch Office or Location in Missouri - Woman Planning a Business Expansion with PostIt Notes

Part Ten

Opening a Business in Missouri

Expanding your business to Missouri? Learn how to open a branch office or move a business to Missouri.

Read Part Ten