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

Green Hills Regional Planning Commission

The Green Hills Regional Planning Commission (GHRPC) is a regional organization providing economic development services in an 11-county area in North Central Missouri. GHRPC operates three revolving loan pools to assist start-ups and existing businesses.


The Green Hills Regional Planning Commission is one of nineteen organizations operating as a sub-state planning and development agency serving the State of Missouri. The Commission is organized as a voluntary association of local governments, and retains a staff of professionals who work on projects intended to foster improved quality of life throughout the 11 county "Green Hills" region. Services include revolving loan funds, business planning, referrals and business counseling.


The Green Hills Regional Planning Commission's development conduit, Green Hills Rural Development, Inc. is responsible for the administration of three revolving loan pools. All three loan pools are designed to assist with gap financing necessary for new business start-ups or existing business expansions.

  1. The Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) was seeded by a grant from the Economic Development Administration
  2. The Intermediary Re-lending Program (IRP) was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Rural Development
  3. The Microenterprise loan pools was funded by a grant from the State of Missouri's Community Development Block Grant Program.

 The distributions of the loan funds are governed by a Board of Directors who decides collectively how the funds are to be loaned out and to whom.


GHRDI also offers its 501 (c) 3 status to organizations requiring the IRS designation in order for them to apply for and/or receive funds from a variety of grant, donation, and foundation sources. GHRDI acts as the sponsor for an organization grant applications and funds received can be passed through and disbursed through the 501 (c) 3 mechanism. A full accounting of the receipt and usage of funds is provided to the organization and donors are provided with verification of their contributions for tax filing purposes. 


Business Planning

  • Demographic/Census Data

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Revitalization
  • Watershed Planning

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Loan Providers

Human Resources

  • Workforce Incentives

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance


  • Demographics/Census Data

Nonprofit Development

  • Accounting
  • Technical Services

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business
Primary ContactCorinne Watts
Phone(660) 359-5636 x11