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

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.


The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading business and community development organization in the area. Incorporated as a not-for-profit membership organization, we spend 100% of our time on issues of economic development and community betterment. Our work results in a better quality of life for the area we serve.


Business Planning

  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Health and Safety Training
  • Manufacturing Development


  • Demographics/Census Data

Networking Organizations

  • Geographically Based

Office, Incubator, Accelerator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space

Operations and Logistics

  • Health and Safety Training

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Missouri Business Issues
  • Small Business Policy

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources

Tax Services

  • State Tax Credit Information


  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
Primary ContactJohn Mehner
Address220 North Fountain Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone(573) 335-3312
Fax(573) 335-4686