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

Child Care Aware® of Missouri

Child Care Aware® of Missouri assists families and child care professionals statewide so that Missouri children have access to quality, affordable child care.


Child Care Aware® of Missouri provides services to families, child care professionals, and the community.

Family services include referrals to local child care programs and resources to assist parents in making informed choices.

Child care professionsals can receive training and coaching. Technical assistance is available to help new child care programs get started by providing information about regulations, zoning, professional development and resource development. College scholarship opportunities for staff in licensed centers and family or group child care homes is available through T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI.

Data reports, including cost of care, supply, demand, and some census data are available for the community. These may be used for advocacy for increased child care availability and quality.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Forming a Business

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Regulatory Compliance

  • Registration, licenses and permits

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits


  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Health and Safety Training
Primary ContactMisty O'Keefe
Address1000 Executive Parkway Drive
Suite 103
St Louis, MO 63141
Phone(314) 754-1608
Fax(573) 445-5450