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.
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City of Kirksville

The City of Kirksville, Missouri's Department of Economic and Community Development can assist businesses with the navigation the logistics of City requirements and codes, available incentives and more across various department's.


At the City of Kirksville Economic and Community Development, our goal is to create an environment conducive to both business and residential activity. Let our department help you navigate the logistics of City requirements and codes, including linking you to the best resources, identifying the best site location, and educating you on the available incentives.

A few of the most common areas of assistance for new and growing businesses are addressed below and more information can be found online. 


The City of Kirksville Finance Department issues business licenses and regulates the business activities of industries such as: retail, food and liquor establishments, entertainment venues and theaters, service for hire, manufacturing facilities, and motor vehicle repair shops.

Apply for a City and/or County business license with the City's Finance Department , or click here for an application.  


The City of Kirksville has established various zoning regulations that control the location and the operation of all commercial activities including home-based businesses. A brief check with the city's Codes and Planning Department prior to signing a lease agreement or purchasing commercial property may prove to be valuable.


The City of Kirksville also offers financial assistance and other incentive programs for businesses operating within city limits. A few of the most commonly used programs are:

A Revolving Loan Fund is administered by the city. Each loan must be approved by the city staff council. If parameters set by the Council are met, the loan may be forgiven.

The Small Business Facade Program is intended to provide an incentive for property owners to rehabilitate, reuse, or enhance commercial buildings in the City. The Program is focused on providing financial assistance for façade (exterior) improvements to commercial buildings. These monies are in the aforementioned Revolving Loan Fund, so an application still requires MoDED notification and approval. Application and Eligibility Criteria

The Demolition / Rehabilitation Program is an additional loan program administered by the City. This program is funded at $25,000 annually, with $10,000 designated for demolition, and $15,000 designated for rehabilitation. This program offers most property owners who cannot afford to demolish the structure the funds to eliminate that portion, or all of the structure, which is in violation. Application and Eligibility Criteria

Additional bond and tax incentive programs are also available on the City of Kirksville website. 


Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Tax Credits

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Loan Providers
  • Tax Credits

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

  • Site Location

Regulatory Compliance

  • Codes
  • Government Requirements
  • Registration, licenses and permits

Starting a Business

  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location

Tax Services

  • Tax Credits
Primary ContactAshley Young
Address201 S. Franklin St.
Kirksville, MO 63501
Phone(660) 627-1224