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

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Short Description The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation owns and operates the Joseph Newman Innovation Center in Joplin, MO. Our 11,000 square foot building holds several office suites in a beautifully restored building in our downtown district. In partnership with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, our facility is uniquely positioned to offer extensive small business development services through our network with successful businesses in the region.


The Joseph Newman Innovation Center has created dozens of successful business ventures since opening over 10 years ago. Our commitment to early success and boosting entrepreneurship in the Joplin region has made this facility a local landmark. The vast network the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is at the disposal of every tenant to help guide and grow through the beginning phases of business and to help more established companies grow and expand.


Business Planning

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

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Lease Review
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Tax Credits

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Tax Credits

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Industry Specific Research/Expertise

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance


  • Peer Mentoring

Networking Organizations

  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

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

  • Commercial Kitchen Facilities
  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking Space
  • Incubator Space
  • Lease Review
  • Office Space
  • Site Location

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactTonya Sprenkle
Addresss320 E 4th St
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone(417) 624-4150