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

Habitat for Neighborhood Business

Habitat for Neighborhood Business (HNB) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focusing particularly on helping minority entrepreneurs realize their dream to own and operate a business in economically challenged neighborhoods. HNB strives to restore urban neighborhoods with new and additional business activity, job growth, and business role models.


Our mission: HND partners with Saint Louis University students and volunteer business people to restore economic vitality to under-served neighborhoods through mentoring, networking and education for existing and aspiring minority entrepreneurs. 

In addition, HNB collaborates with developers, government and others sharing our interests in strengthening neighborhood commerce. 

Before you begin to complete the application, check to see if your business is within HNB's service area in the city of St. Louis.
HNB's service area is: Northern boundary in the city of St. Louis is Highway 70, eastern boundary is 12th street, southern boundary is Highway 44 and the city limits at Skinker is the western boundary.
Businesses located within these boundaries are eligible for participation in the HNB program.

Learn more and apply here. 


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Forming a Business

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City

Starting a Business

  • Startup Business Counseling


  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactGladys Smith
AddressSaint Louis, MO 63108