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

Guide: Start a Business  Part Three

Build Your Social Network

Your social network—your friends, family, former colleagues—is absolutely invaluable to your business. Human capital, those relationships you keep and cultivate, is the largest investment you can make in your business.


Because, let’s be honest, at the beginning of your venture, you don’t have much else. Most startups don’t yet have customers or capital or traction or even a performance record. So those people in your network—family, friends, former colleagues—will be your first critical feedback as well as your connection to your first coaches, employees, mentors, customers and investors.

How do you build your social network? By networking strategically.

How to network for your business

Anyone can walk in a room and hand out a stack of business cards. To cultivate a true network that’s going to help you grow your business, you have to be intentional about the relationships you build. Because we do business with people, not business cards. Be a person people want to know.

  • Before you enter any networking event, ask yourself who are the three people I really need to connect with—and what can you do for that person as well?

  • Practice your why. Have a 30- second and 1-minute description of who you are and the value you bring to your customers. It’s not about what you do, but why you do it.

  • Be ready to share. Networking is about being generous with your time, information and resources. Come equipped with a valuable piece of information, maybe your favorite restaurant, movie, book, handyman.

  • Bring better questions into your conversations that help build a connection. You could ask “What do you do?” Or you could ask a more memorable question, like “What’s your story?” or “What’s your favorite app?”

  • Open your network. Look for opportunities to introduce a fellow entrepreneur to someone who can help them.

Opportunities for networking and practicing your elevator pitch

Find an event

Go beyond the usual networking events. Attend a Startup Weekend, set up shop at a coworking space or find a new networking event near you. (That last link will take you to our business calendar, chock full of networking events across Missouri. Follow that link and then you can filter by your location or distance.)

Stay in the know

Want to always know what’s going in Missouri entrepreneurship and where you should be? Get a curated list of key events in the metro and inspirational entrepreneurial stories that’ll help your business. It’s all here in our newsletter. 

Get an introduction

Not sure who you need to know? Talk to our Resource Navigators about your next introductions.

Not sure where to start? Get your (free) Personal Action Plan

Call us at 866-870-6500 or tell us a bit about what you need, and we’ll craft your very own (totally doable) action plan that’ll show you exactly whom in Missouri you can contact to move your business or nonprofit forward. All of our services are free.

Networking organizations in Missouri you should know

These Resource Partners offer courses, events, training to help you up your social game and build your professional network. Head over to The Resource Navigator to further filter your search by business industry, zip code/city/distance and/or specific need—or just give us a call at 866-870-6500 and we’ll make your Personal Action Plan of next-step resources for free.

>> Remember if you need help, give us a call at 866-870-6500 or send us a message. We can guide you through the next steps you need to take to start your business.


1 Million Cups

A Kauffman Labs program striving to engage entrepreneurs through a weekly educational and networking program.


AltCap is a catalyst for investments in Kansas City and parts of greater western Missouri's low- to moderate-income communities. We use innovative financing products, targeted economic development programming, and the development of strategic partnerships to promote economic growth and empowerment.

Ameren Accelerator - UMSL Accelerate

The Ameren Accelerator is an innovative partnership with the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators designed to invest, mentor, and accelerate the growth of next-generation energy technologies.

Artist INC

Artist INC is a program under the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Artist INC connects artists of all disciplines to the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills and strengthen their artistic practice.

Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City

The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City was formed in 1998 as a non-profit organization to enhance the economic opportunities for Asian American businesses through education, networking, and advocacy while promoting community engagement and visibility.

Asian American Chamber of Commerce-St. Louis

Founded in 2011, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) of St. Louis serves corporate professionals and business owners from East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian communities in the Greater St. Louis region as well as those who conduct business in Asia.

Bethany Area Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce

Better Business Bureau, Kansas City

BBB of Greater Kansas City's mission to promote trust in the marketplace has made us a business leader since 1916. BBB sets standards for marketplace trust, celebrates business role models, calls out substandard marketplace behavior, and creates a community of trustworthy businesses and charities.


BioGenerator supports individuals considering or seeking funding for plant or bioscience companies in the St. Louis metro region. We provide business and technical advice and support, early-stage capital, and access to shared lab space & equipment.

Bloch Venture Hub

3 Levels with 3 purposes - an ideation lab to help entrepreneurs refine, and plan startups; an incubator to launch and aid new ventures with mentoring, education, and other critical resources; and an accelerator to scale and grow young businesses.

Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce

The Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, networking opportunities, and other services related to growing businesses in Blue Springs, MO.

Brookfield Chamber of Commerce

The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce mission is to promote, showcase, and enhance commercial economic growth, new and existing businesses, area tourism, and the prosperity of the Brookfield area community.

Brookside Business Association

Brookside Business Association promotes economic development, community growth, business retention and attraction in the Brookside area of Kansas City, Mo.

Bunker Labs - Kansas City

Bunker Labs Kansas City is part of a national network of veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs dedicated to helping the military connected community start their own business.

Callaway Chamber of Commerce

At the Callaway Chamber of Commerce, it is important to us to see businesses in this county grow and prosper.

Cameron Area Chamber of Commerce

At the Cameron Area Chamber of Commerce we provide leadership to assist in the growth and development of business, and to enhance the community as a desirable place to live, work, and play

Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce

The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce serves the Cape Girardeau area and its businesses as the principle advocate in fostering economic progress, vitalizing jobs and improving the quality of life.

Carthage Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber's mission is to improve the overall business climate for our members and quality of life for the community through sponsorship of programs which promote civic and economic development, stimulate growth, and support relevant political action.

Center for Entrepreneurship - Craig School of Business at MWSU

The Center for Entrepreneurship exists to train, mentor and support entrepreneurs. Our staff will provide one-on-one business coaching and connect clients to needed programs and resources.

Central Exchange

Central Exchange is a preeminent membership organization in the Kansas City area which provides the venue and voice for women seeking to reach their full personal and professional potential.

Central Ozarks Development, Inc.

Central Ozarks Development, Inc. was established in 1983 as a Certified Development Company (CDC). We are a nonprofit corporation. We work with participating lenders to provide financing to small businesses.

Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship at the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Saint Louis University

The goal of Saint Louis University’s Entrepreneurship Center is to help entrepreneurs combine their business passion with the planning skills taught in a world-class institution, to produce high-performing organizations. Our mission is: to deliver and develop world-class entrepreneurship education for all.

Charleston Chamber of Commerce and Tourism

Our mission is to promote Charleston as a great place in which to live, work, and do business.

Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce

The Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce is the principal voice of business, whose mission is to promote, develop and support its membership in order to foster a sustainable, prosperous business environment and a high quality, livable community.

Christian County Library Nixa Branch

We are the public library for Christian County, Missouri, with branches in Ozark and Nixa, offering, access to technology, programming for all ages, and other services through community partnerships. We build community!

CIC St. Louis

At CIC, we believe in the entrepreneur. We recognize that invention propels innovation, density spurs collaboration, and a shared purpose drives a thriving community. As we race forward into an age of exponential growth and transformation, CIC provides a home from which to work, allowing innovators to easily access resources and create substantive, positive global impact.

City of Albany

The City of Albany is committed to providing support and opportunity to entrepreneurs and business start-ups as well as established business expansion and retention services.


Codefi provides startup entrepreneurs and emerging innovative companies with tech-powered, flexible enterprise space, while serving the area with innovative technology education programs and an inspiring community.


AN INNOVATIVE COWORKING SPACE LOCATED IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN ST. JOSEPH, MISSOURI. This beautiful and fully functional workspace is designed to be shared by entrepreneurs, freelancers, start-ups and remote workers who understand the value of community and collaboration.

Columbia Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce is to lead our community, drive commerce in our region and advance community and regional collaborations, thereby enhancing the quality of life where we live, learn, work and play

Community Improvement District

The District is a live/work/play neighborhood that sparks the creative, the eclectic, and the local. We’re a constantly adapting community of people, with tradition blending harmoniously with high tech and the latest trends in fashion, food and the arts. The District is bounded by three colleges and encompasses 50 square blocks, more than 300 individual properties, over 5000 residences, and over 600 businesses, non-profits and government entities.

Cuba Area Chamber of Commerce

The Cuba Chamber of Commerce promotes the advancement of the commercial, industrial, and civic interests in Cuba, Missouri and surrounding areas. Tourism is an important element in the Cuba community with visitors from all over the US and the world visiting our attractions. Almost 200 member companies and organizations work together to promote a positive environment to nurture businesses, improve the community, boost tourism, and support families.

Cup of Joe

Cup of Joe is a weekly gathering to engage, educate and accelerate the area’s business and entrepreneur community.

Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), the Innovation Center provides easy access to many services needed by start-up businesses such as business counseling, training, and access to US SBA programs and services.

Downtown STL, Inc.

We are the catalyst for creating and promoting a Downtown that attracts investment, economic activity and vibrancy at the hub of our region.

ED Collabitat - University of Missouri-St. Louis

ED Collabitat is a state-of-the art education design center. We are reinventing professional learning (continuing education) experiences for practicing educators at all levels and in all settings. Our programs are built on the notion of professional creativity and intentional collaboration among individuals from diverse disciplines.

EdHub Fellowship by EdHub STL

The Education Hub (EdHub STL) is a physical and intellectual space for everyone-regardless of where you fall in the educational landscape to experiment, collaborate, and innovate. The EdHub STL Fellowship empowers education "intrapreneurs" to develop and/or expand transformative education initiatives.


The efactory is an entrepreneurship center designed to assist startup and growth in new small businesses and continuing education and training in mature organizations.

Eldon Area Chamber of Commerce

The Eldon Area Chamber of Commerce is a not for profit organization whose mission is to promote and provide leadership and unity for the stability, growth and prosperity of the overall economic environment for the greater Eldon area.

Elevate/Elevar Accelerator - WePower STL

Elevate Accelerator, as a Village Capital Community, is part of an international network that supports ready-to-scale companies.


EnCorps45, an education and entrepreneur development organization, serves professionals 45 and older, and enterprises looking to work with Boomers through networking, training and online resources.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV)

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans is a multi-phase program for post-9/11 veterans and a passion for launching new businesses. The results-based program is led by experts in the areas of disability employment and self-employment who present a tailored curriculum that reflects the unique needs, challenges and opportunities confronting veterans.

Excelsior Springs Area Chamber of Commerce

The Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce hosts a number of events to promote Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Family Conservancy, The

The Family Conservancy supports small businesses and promotes family solvency through individual development accounts, which can be used as start-up business funds.

Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development

The Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development is a Professional Development Institute creating a high quality adult workforce for the care and education of children and youth from birth to 21 years of age.

Freelance Exchange of Kansas City

The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City provides a network of support and friendly atmosphere in which to exchange ideas and best business practices with those who are self-employed in the advertising/marketing industry. We serve as the best resource for local ad agencies and businesses of all shapes and sizes to find quality, affordable talent easily and quickly.

Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce

The Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce mission is to develop our community by being the voice for small businesses.

Grace Hill Women's Business Center

Business development program with a focus on training and counseling for entrepreneurs to start and expand their business.

Grain Valley Partnership

The Grain Valley Partnership is a united, more powerful effort of our Economic Development Corporation and our Chamber of Commerce to stimulate the growth and vitality of our existing Grain Valley businesses, as well as to foster the creation and attraction of new business to the City of Grain Valley, Missouri.

Grandview Chamber & Economic Development Council

The Grandview Chamber exists to serve, protect and promote area business.

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, networking opportunities, public relations, and other services related to growth and development in the Kansas City Metro Area.

Growing Growers Kansas City

The Growing Growers program provides education to new and experienced growers through a farm apprenticeship program and an annual workshop series. Growing Growers is a collaborative effort of K-State Research and Extension, University of Missouri Extension, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, the Kansas City Food Circle (a consumer organization), Cultivate KC and the Kansas Rural Center.


We help entrepreneurs at all stages of their businesses from startup to succession in mid-Missouri (from Glasgow to Hannibal and from Brookfield to Louisiana).

GSA Office of Small Business Utilization

The GSA Heartland Office of Small Business Utilization identifies bidding opportunities and contracting vehicles for small businesses.


GUILDit is where art and business fuse. Our KC forums are twice a month. Be a part of an audience that learns from and helps art entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Harrisonville Area Chamber of Commerce

The Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance and networking opportunities to growing businesses in Harrisonville, Mo.

Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce

The Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce (HSBCC) is here to serve as a key resource for the St. Louis Metropolitan and surrounding areas by helping black businesses and professionals grow and scale.

Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce

Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce supports businesses that support the greater Hermann community.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City is dedicated to the creation, advancement, promotion and development of economic opportunities within the Hispanic market and business community.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - St. Louis strengthens Hispanic enterprise and small and minority business integration to promote a sustainable socioeconomic development and a better quality of life in the St. Louis region.

Hispanic Economic Development Corporation

The Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is dedicated to improving the lives of Latinos within the greater Kansas City. HEDC achieves this through business development and economic and community wealth creation initiatives.

Houston Department of Economic Development

The Houston Economic Development Program is dedicated to building the financial strength of the region through constant recruitment and expansion efforts.

Independence Chamber of Commerce

The Independence Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, marketing, continuing education services, networking opportunities, public policy advocacy and other services related to community/business development in Independence, MO and Eastern Jackson County.

Indo American Chamber of Commerce

The Indo American Chamber of Commerce promotes business interests of the Indian community in Kansas Missouri area.

Innovation Stockyard

The Innovation Stockyard operates the Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator on the campus of Missouri Western State University with a focus on economic and workforce development, and animal health and nutrition.


Catalyst for Tech Innovation since 2008. ITEN provides programs for the rapid development of scalable tech innovation, engaging experienced entrepreneurs to help others build successful, growing companies.

Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce

The Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce is a resource for start-up and existing businesses of all sizes. Discover the benefits Jefferson City has to offer and learn how your business is our focus.

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation operates two small business development centers. The Joseph Newman Innovation Center and the Advanced Training and Tech Center offer co-working space and dedicated office space and business resources for regional start-ups.

Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission

Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission is a quasi-governmental agency serving as the liaison between local government and State and Federal Agencies. Our organization serves the 7 counties of: Bates, Benton, Cedar, Henry, Hickory, St. Clair and Vernon, as well as the communities within those counties. We connect communities to opportunities through community and economic development.

Kearney Chamber of Commerce

The Kearney Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting business and tourism growth in Kearney, Mo.

Kirksville Regional Economic Development, Inc

We are a 501c3 public private partnership who works with the main industries in the Kirksville region as well as with companies looking to locate to the Kirksville region. K-REDI can provide resources for local and state incentive programs.

Lathrop Area Chamber of Commerce

1) Develop, encourage, promote and support the commercial, professional, industrial, agricultural, financial, general business and civic interests of the region and its citizens, and to all those who make use of our resources. 2) Extend and promote the present trade and commerce to foster, develop and support the industry of the region.


LaunchCode is building a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology. We are helping jobseekers enter the tech field by providing accessible education, training and paid apprenticeship job placement.

Leadership Maryville

Leadership Maryville provides opportunity to promote and establish relationships and share resources with other community volunteers and leaders in Maryville, MO

Leadership Northwest Missouri

About Us A leadership program for community leaders interested in the regional growth of Northwest Missouri through high-quality training and networking opportunities. Participants are selected from the nineteen counties of Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Sullivan and Worth. Classes start in January of each year and meet monthly through June in different locations throughout the region.

Leadership Savannah

Leadership Savannah, MO is designed to assist the development of leadership skills that will help improve our community both economically and socially.

Lebanon Regional Economic Development, Inc.

Lebanon Regional Economic Development, Inc. provides economic development services to Lebanon and Laclede County, assisting businesses that are interested in locating there.

Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce

We create opportunities for business success through networking and advocacy, as well as business and professional development. We provide leadership by servicing as a catalyst for the economic growth and prosperity of the Lee's Summit community.

Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce

The Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors a number of events designed to celebrate and promote the Liberty, Mo., area.

Main Street Chillicothe

Our organization focuses on economic development through historic preservation best practices. We promote the downtown as a great place to live, work, and play and support businesses.

Marceline Area Chamber of Commerce

The Marceline Area Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer organization serving the greater Marceline area. As we have for over 60 years, the Chamber works to preserve and advance the business, economic and civic interests of the Marceline area. Working with community based organizations and the city government we support business and tourism activities with a goal of making Marceline a quality community in which to live and work.

Martin City Community Improvement District

The Martin City Community Improvement District (CID) serves as an economic development tool that allows business owners in the District to coordinate public improvement efforts; address safety and security; produce marketing campaigns to attract new businesses and tourism; and create programs that foster recreational and cultural activity as well as special events.

Maryville Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce exists to facilitate the growth of commerce and the improvement of quality of life in our region. Our 270 members pool our talents and resources to achieve what we could not acting as individuals.

Meramec Regional Planning Commission

A voluntary council of governments serving the Meramec Region (Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties.) We help local governments, businesses and nonprofits solve problems.

Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC)

Mid-America TAAC assists domestic manufacturers negatively impacted by import competition by providing cost share grant funding to implement improvement projects to make a business more globally competitive.

Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council

Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council promotes the growth and development of minority businesses through B-to-B opportunities and government contracts.

Missouri Association of Manufacturers

The Missouri Association of Manufacturers (MAM) is the only organization dedicated solely to representing the interests of manufacturers in Missouri, and its primary purpose is to promote, preserve and advance manufacturing. Founded in 1993, MAM has matured into an influential association advocating for the vital interests of all segments of manufacturing.

Missouri Department of Economic Development - International Trade and Investment Office

Our mission is to increase the number of Missouri companies exporting and increase the volume of Missouri exports.

Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC)

The Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC) is the authoritative voice on economic development and related issues in Missouri. A statewide, nonprofit association of economic development professionals and community leaders, MEDC drives economic growth through program initiatives and alliances with other economic development entities.

Missouri Enterprise - Kansas City and Northwest Missouri

Missouri Enterprise is an organization of entrepreneurial manufacturing and business professionals, operating in 7 locations throughout Missouri, dedicated to helping primarily small and medium size businesses (primarily but not exclusively manufacturers) succeed.

Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center

The Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center facilitates innovation-based economic growth in Northeast Missouri. MREIC provides support to entrepreneurs through one-on-one assistance and links to important resources.

Missouri SBDC at Northwest Missouri State University - St. Joseph Center

The SBDC offers confidential, one-on-one consulting to existing & emerging businesses as part of their agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Missouri SBDC at State Fair Community College

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri Women's Business Center

The Missouri Women’s Business Center (MoWBC) provides resources, support and networks for women seeking to start or grow their own businesses. We specialize in free one-on-one counseling and training for local entrepreneurs.

Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council

Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council promotes the growth and development of minority businesses through B-to-B opportunities and government contracts.

National Association of Women Business Owners

National Association for Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the only national organization specifically for women business owners that strives to stimulate business and economic opportunity for local, national and international women entrepreneurs.

Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce

The Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit organization of businesses and professionals committed to improving the economic prosperity and quality of life in the area.

New Growth

New Growth works to cultivate a sustainable business community from deep roots, connecting neighbors with shared visions and resources, and bringing forth what locals love about West Central Missouri.

Nexcore St. Louis

Inspired by the idea that coworking means more than just sharing space, NexCore is a community-driven center for entrepreneurial collaboration. With an encouraging team environment, NexCore helps small businesses and freelancers fulfill their dreams.

Nonprofit Connect

Nonprofit Connect links the nonprofit community to education, resources and networking so organizations can more effectively achieve their missions.

Nonprofit Missouri

Nonprofit Missouri provides professional development, advocacy and research to Missouri's nonprofit sector.

North Central Missouri Business Facilitation

To facilitate entrepreneurial development in the north central Missouri counties of Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Grundy, and Harrison.

North Central Missouri Development Alliance

To foster economic growth and development for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in the North Central Missouri region.

North Kansas City Business Council

The mission of the North Kansas City Business Council is to be an advocate for business and quality of life in North Kansas City, Missouri. We provide networking, marketing and economic development support for the community. We are also active in supporting and encouraging workforce development and entrepreneurship.

Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

NECC strives to be a financially sound, well-managed business association that enhances the quality of life and economic competitiveness in the Historic, contemporary and multicultural district of KCMO.

Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce

Mission Statement To enhance the business community, economic growth and quality of life in the Northland. Vision The Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce will serve to: Enhance business opportunities and services for members; Provide a strong and unified voice for the Northland; Promote high quality growth and development; and Lead the development of activities and partnerships among business, government and education.

Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation

NWMEF is a not-for-profit organization providing free and confidential business coaching services. Our mission is to help people transform their dreams into successful businesses.

OPO Startups

OPO Startups is a place where startups, freelancers, remote workers, & small businesses can have meetings, work & collaborate.

Platte City Area Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Council

The Platte City Area Chamber of Commerce/EDC provides networking opportunities, entrepreneurial support and business retention and expansion services for the Platte City, MO Area.

Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

The Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism supports our business community to enhance the quality of life for our citizens.

Raytown Office of Economic Development

The City of Raytown has initiated an aggressive economic development effort emphasizing small business development, business recruitment and business retention. The program provides real estate site selection, incentive attainment and general ombudsman services.

RISE Collaborative Workspace

A place for women on the RISE. RISE Collaborative is both a workspace for professional women to conduct business and a curated community for women focused on growing professionally and personally. RISE has the flexibility of a coffee shop but the polish of a corner office.

Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce

Mission Statement The mission of the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce is to enhance the economic environment and quality of life in our community. Vision Statement Increase individual and business participation in the Chamber’s activities, expand our membership by promoting a positive working relationship among business, government and the general public, and being accountable to each of our members.

Salem Area Chamber Of Commerce

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer driven organization that improves and promotes an atmosphere that enables the community to grow and prosper. The Chamber also works to provide members with networking, promotional and informational opportunities. The Chamber actively advertises and promotes Salem/Dent County as a tourism destination. The many outdoor recreational activities, beautiful scenery and family-friendly hospitality invites visitors to discover why there is more to do here. Naturally!

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce endeavors to be a major, respected, dynamic center of community influence focusing not just on traditional business issues but on the overall financial health and well-being of the community.

Savvy Coders

At Savvy Coders, we believe in empowering people to take a bold step toward a better career. We believe that coding is the indispensable skill of the 21st century. That's why we offer local classes that teach you exactly what you need to know in a hands-on learning environment. If you are interested in learning to code, St. Louis Savvy Coders classes may be the solution for you.

SBA Economic Development Department - St. Louis

The SBA assists small businesses in meeting their financing needs by enhancing the ability of lenders to provide loans

SCORE - St. Louis Bi-State Region

SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Sikeston Regional Chamber and Area Economic Development Corporation

The Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce provides support for the business community in the Sikeston-Miner areas (Scott/New Madrid counties).


SixThirty provides FinTech startups with up to $250K in funding, focused mentorship, and connections to the top financial services companies in the country.

Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship

We aim to inspire and develop Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis.

Sling Health

Sling Health is a non-profit healthcare accelerator that provides resources, training, and mentorship to interdisciplinary teams to develop and commercialize solutions to clinical problems discovered by healthcare providers.

Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce

The Smithville Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, networking opportunities and other services related to growing businesses in Smithville, Mo.

South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

The South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, networking opportunities, professional development and other services related to starting or growing a business.

Southtown Council

The Southtown (Mo.) Council strives to facilitate linkages among the stakeholders in Southtown to create an environment for economic development and community growth.

St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce

The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce provides business assistance, networking opportunities & other services related to growing businesses in St. Joseph, Mo.

St. Louis Agency on Training & Employment (SLATE)

St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) Missouri Career Center is here to help you with small business resources OR employment training needs, whether you are a business or job seeker.

St. Louis Community College

For more than 40 years, St. Louis Community College has been the premier provider of education and workforce training for the citizens and businesses of the St. Louis area.

St. Louis Development Corp.

The St. Louis Development Corp. offers programs and services to the small business owner.

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership seeks to facilitate the development of long-term, diversified business and employment opportunities in St. Louis City and County and the St. Louis region.

St. Louis Makes

St. Louis Makes helps to commercialize product ideas to grow sales while providing networking, education and analysis programs, which connect and train makers, inventors and manufacturing companies through best practices in product management, new product development and business development. If you are interested in developing your manufacturing future or are looking for regional manufacturing solutions, we want to talk to you.

St. Louis Mosaic Project

The St. Louis Mosaic Project is a regional initiative within the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and the World Trade Center St. Louis. St. Louis aims to be a cultural mosaic because this community believes that immigrants invigorate our region.

St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce

To unite the region's business community and to engage dynamic business and civic leadership to develop and sustain a world-class economy and community.

Stadia Ventures

Stadia Ventures is the global Sports Innovation Hub for entrepreneurs, industry partners and investors.

Startland News

The Kansas City Startup Foundation is a 501(c)3 dedicated to accessing the passion, ingenuity and collaborative spirit of the Kansas City startup community through education, storytelling and connections to empower individuals to solve the challenges of today.

STL Foodworks

If you’re a culinarian in search of a commercial kitchen and a supportive community, you’ve found a home at STL Foodworks. Need more kitchen space that’s both affordable and state-of-the-art? Maybe your challenge has been finding a testing ground that’s equipped to catapult your breakthrough culinary ideas to the next level? Whether you’re a food truck operator, caterer, speciality food producer, restaurateur, or something totally different, we exist to make sure you have the professional space and resources you need to realize your dreams. The facility will be available when you need it – for as long as you need it – with flexible and convenient rental options. There’s no doubt the St. Louis region has a rich food and beverage scene – a tradition that’s elevated by your creativity, passion, and hard work. We’re proud to empower the St. Louis community and eager to help you build your business!

STL Partnership Business Center @Lemay

STLPartnership Business Center @ Lemay is a 21,000-square-foot business incubator featuring office, warehouse, and production space, and is the only St. Louis facility to offer retail space for start-up and early stage small- to mid-sized businesses.

STLPartnership Business Center @Wellston

STLPartnership Business Center @Wellston Grow your business & connect with community! Affordable office and warehouse space to make your business dream a reality.

Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce

Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce promotes business success and quality of life by being a leader in economic and community development in the Table Rock Lake area.

The Hatchery

The Hatchery is a coworking space located in Columbia, MO. Providing business owners, employees and remote workers with a professional atmosphere and supportive community to expand beyond the traditional office setting.

The HUB business Incubator

The HUB Virtual Incubator offers formal and informal learning opportunities and connects entrepreneurs to local resources and related support services. Serving the entire Lake of the Ozarks region.

The LearningForce

The LearningForce offers a diverse schedule of noncredit continuing education courses for personal enrichment, professional development and workforce training solutions for business, industry and the individual.


A personalized coworking space in St. Louis County.

Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote commercial, industrial, and community growth and facilitate community cooperation through communication, education, and long range planning.


A collaborative effort between several economic development agencies based in St. Louis, Missouri, T-REX is a nonprofit technology incubator, co-working space and innovation conference center, designed to attract talent, create jobs and build density in downtown St. Louis.

U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service (U.S. Export Assistance Center)

The U.S. Commercial Service - Kansas City provides export and trade-related guidance to businesses in Western Missouri and Kansas.

U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service, St. Louis Export Assistance Center

The U.S. Department of Commerce/St. Louis Export Assistance Center provides export and trade-related guidance to businesses in Missouri (excluding Kansas City) and St. Louis metro east in Illinois.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Springfield Branch Office

Our mission at the U.S. Small Business Administration is to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Kansas City District Office

Our mission at the U.S. Small Business Administration is to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - St. Louis District Office

Federal Contract Set-Asides for small businesses, loans to small businesses, counseling through resource partners

UMSL Accelerate - University of Missouri-St. Louis

UMSL Accelerate is the innovation and entrepreneurial resource for students, faculty and the community. Our vision is to serve as a catalyst for developing our students, faculty and community to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation. Our mission is to foster a community of thought leaders by providing a vibrant ecosystem to Educate (curriculum), Innovate (co-curriculum), and Collaborate (community programming).

University of Missouri - College of Engineering

Established in 1849, Mizzou Engineering is home to eight ABET-accredited programs and aims to educate the next generation of engineering leaders and drive the charge in research and education in several multi-disciplinary fields.

University of Missouri - School of Law - Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship (CIPE)

The Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship (CIPE) is comprised of nearly a dozen faculty members at Mizzou's law school. The center's faculty are thought leaders in the area of law and innovation. CIPE hosts an annual symposium.

University of Missouri-Columbia - College of Business - Allen Angel Capital Education Program

AACE invests real dollars in startup businesses. No affiliation with the University is needed. Our average investment is $50,000

University of Missouri-Kansas City - Law School - Legal Technology Laboratory (LTL)

Multi-institution consortium, administered by UMKC, to facilitate development and testing of prototypes of new technologies or combinations of technologies at intersection of law, technology, and entrepreneurship (commercial, social, or civic).

University of Missouri-Kansas City--Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation is a projects-based course in which interdisciplinary teams of Law, MBA, Engineering and sometimes other students collaborate on the development of a business plan for a startup venture. The innovation the student teams work with are brought to the course by Project Providers who "pitch" their innovations to the students and faculty.

Venture Cafe St. Louis

Venture Café’s mission is to connect innovators to make things happen. Our flagship program, the Venture Cafe Gathering, is hosted every Thursday from 3-8pm at 4240 Duncan Ave on the 2nd floor.

Veterans Business Resource Center

Free assistance to honorably discharged veterans, transitioning military and military families with preparations to self-employment or business expansion.

Waldo Area Business Association

The Waldo Area Business Association promotes economic development, community growth, business retention and attraction in the Waldo area of Kansas City, Mo.

Washington Area Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce is to provide services that strengthen the capacity of our members to prosper and grow, and to enhance the region’s economic climate and the quality of life of area residents.

Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber promotes growth and prosperity of members throughout Wentzville, Lake St. Louis and Dardeen Prairie.

Weston Chamber of Commerce

The goal of the Weston Chamber of Commerce is to further the economic development for the City of Weston, Mo,. by promoting and assisting the growth and development of business concerns.

Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce

The Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to the area's economic growth, its beauty and livibality, preserving the history while promoting the future.

WomanSpace Rolla

The mission of WomanSpace Rolla is to provide a safe space for girls and women in the community to meet, learn, and grow, with a focus on arts, education and business.

Women's Employment Network

The Women's Employment Network (WEN) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to assist women in raising their self-esteem and achieving economic independence through sustained employment.

World Trade Center - Kansas City

World Trade Center is the one-stop-shop for any local company needing information on international consumers and foreign friends looking for information on the assets Kansas City offers.

World Trade Center - St. Louis

World Trade Center St. Louis serves the St. Louis region, as well as Missouri and Southern Illinois markets except for Kansas City. Our overall goal is to enhance international trade.
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