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

City of Columbia-Community Development

The City of Columbia's Community Development Department's mission is to help plan, build, and care for the city. Apply for or renew a business license for businesses located in Columbia, MO.



Planning & Development contributes to the shaping of the city as a whole, by areas and neighborhoods, and by proposed development sites. The division is responsible for neighborhood and comprehensive planning (Columbia Imagined Plan), staffs the Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization (CATSO), administers the historic preservation program, and reviews development requests including annexation, zoning changes, subdivisions, development plans, conditional use permits, and street and easement changes.


Building and Site Development is a one-stop shop for individuals planning improvements to their properties. The division reviews construction plans, issues permits, performs inspections, and enforces ordinances that ensure safe buildings and a healthy environment. It also manages the updating of construction codes, licensing of contractors and trades, and collects fees related to new construction


The Office of Neighborhood Services helps to improve neighborhood conditions through the licensing and inspection of rental properties and proactive code enforcement. Neighborhoods are built up through capacity building programs and coordinated communication. A number of volunteer opportunities throughout the city are available. Home ownership and repairs are supported through the management of federally-funded grants.

Citizen Self Service (CSS)

Citizen Self Service (CSS) is the City of Columbia’s new one stop shop for online application submittals. Users may access this portal to search and apply for building permits, search and submit development plans, renew licenses, and track the current status of active inspections. Currently, the service is limited with new applications coming online regularly. Create your account now to stay updated.  View step-by-step instructions on creating your account.


On occasion, the City of Columbia will receive funding that will be used for a variety of grant opportunities for small businesses.  


Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Government Funding

Regulatory Compliance

  • Registration, licenses and permits

Starting a Business

  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
Primary ContactDarcie Clark
Address701 E. Broadway
P.O. Box 6015
Columbia, MO 65205
Phone(573) 874-7244