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

Hispanic Economic Development Corporation, Kansas City

The Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is dedicated to improving the lives of Latinos within the greater Kansas City. HEDC achieves this through business development and economic and community wealth creation initiatives.


HEDC assists individuals and small business owners through wealth-creation programs and services:

  • Operation JumpStart Primer Paso program that delivers a “how-to”, hands-on  approach to providing aspiring entrepreneurs with a comprehensive set of resources to help start and grow successful businesses.
  • Business Development Program – HEDC provides one-on-one technical assistance to current and aspiring entrepreneurs needing help with starting, sustaining or growing a small business.  Among the services provided:

             - Start-up assistance

             - Business plan assistance

             - Strategic growth plans

             - Market research and analysis

             - Financial assistance, loan packaging

             - Obtaining business licenses and permits

             - MWD/BE application assistance

             - Microloans for existing clients to assist with business expenses. Impacto Fund, Inc. was established in 2011 to improve loans and services to micro-enterprise businesses operating within its targeted market. Through the provision of these economic community development activities, the Fund provides resources to clients that would not be served otherwise by traditional institutions. It also seeks to help these businesses move from non-traditional financing sources to stability in their businesses where they will qualify for lending activities through traditional sources.

  • Computer Training Program – HEDC provides computer training and adult education, covering the following topics:

              - QuickBooks training

              - Introduction to computers

              - Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint)

              - Email

              - Social media



Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review
  • Site Location Assistance

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Insurance Requirements


  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based

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

  • Lease Review
  • Site Location

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Hispanic Business
  • Small Business Policy

Regulatory Compliance

  • Codes
  • Government Requirements
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Registration, licenses and permits

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Certification

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactGloria Zarate
Address1722 Holly Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone(816) 221-3442
Fax(816) 221-6458