Missouri SBDC at University of Missouri Kansas City

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success. The Small Business Development Center at UMKC offers one-on-one counseling and training through our ELEVATIONLAB™ track programs to business owners and emerging business owners.


The Missouri Small Business Development Center at UMKC is Kansas City’s leading resource for starting, developing and growing a business. The ELEVATIONLAB™ training programs offer expertise to businesses of all types and stages. Our trainings combined with our one-on-one counseling assist thousands of entrepreneurs in the Kansas City region each year. Experts in a variety of fields, the staff specializes in topics that affect all small business owners. Our staff is able to offer services in strategic planning, economic gardening, marketing and international trade. Our center is part of the network of Missouri SBDC’s and an affiliate of the UMKC Innovation Center.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Management Issues

  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding
  • Obtaining Debt Funding

Import and Export Assistance

  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Trade Education and Training


  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Research
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Market Plan Development and Training

Regulatory Compliance

  • Insurance Requirements
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Technology Transfer


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Startup Classes
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)


  • One-on-One Counseling
Contact Information
Jen Spilker