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.

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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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Empire Market

The Empire Market is a growing food-centric public market. Open year-around, we offer vendor space, special events, office or studio space and an online vendor directory to help customers find you! Commercial kitchen for vendors is coming soon.


We are a producer-only market (we also do farm visits for growers) and provide vendor space to sell your products, online vendor listing and even offer office space if you're interested!

We welcome varieties of the following:  fresh produce (grown by the seller, within a 150 mi radius of Joplin); locally processed meats; locally made cheese; locally grown eggs; handmade jams, jellies, & preserves; homemade baked goods; locally produced wine, beer, and spirits; locally grown plants, flowers, & seeds; local honey, prepared gourmet food; handmade artisan goods; fine art; vintage goods.

Become a vendor at Empire Market:

Have something else you’d like to sell at the Market? Drop us a message and let’s talk!

The Empire Market is a four-season affair, so we’ll be open year-round with special events (like Night Markets!) thrown on a more limited basis.

Workspace @ Empire Market:

Are you an entrepreneur or creative? Have you outgrown the back bedroom or the basement and need an office space? Workspaces are available! 

Come be a part of the Empire Market Workspace. We are here to help you grow your business to the next level!

Commercial Kitchen Space:

A commercial kitchen with vendor access is part of our plans for the Market. We’ll keep everyone updated as to the progress with that. There is a commercial kitchen available at the Advanced Training and Technology Center just down the street. Talk to our friends at the Joplin Chamber of Commerce for more information. 



  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing

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

  • Commercial Kitchen Facilities
  • Coworking Space
  • Incubator Space
  • Office Equipment and Furniture
  • Office Space
  • Retail Space
Primary ContactLori Haun
Address931 E 4th St
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone(417) 529-3888