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

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.


COVID-19 Update: Kansas City-based nonprofit Central Exchange is offering free vouchers to its virtual leadership webinars for unemployed workers and small businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis. Unemployed workers and small businesses affected by the coronavirus can access programs by visiting Fill out the guest form link in each program event. Individuals can access up to five standard webinars for free.

Central Exchange is regarded as one of the largest and most influential women’s associations in the Midwest. We advocate and represent the interests of over 900 members, both women and men. The members include managers and executives, business owners, non-profit and civic leaders. With over 40 programs a year, we offer at both locations high quality programming for professional, leadership and personal development, as well as great networking opportunities to connect for business or social reasons. Central Exchange is also leading an initiative, called win|win, to increase the number of women on boards and C-suites in the Kansas City area by 20% by 2015. For more than 30 years, our organization has been helping women leaders in Kansas City to connect, achieve and transform.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Market Plan Development

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development


  • Market Plan Development and Training


  • Peer Mentoring

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit Development

  • Board Development
  • Funds Development

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

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Missouri Business Issues
  • Women's Business Issues


  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
Primary ContactAnn Hackett
Address1020 Central Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone(816) 471-7560