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

Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC)

Mid-America TAAC assists domestic manufacturers negatively impacted by import competition by providing technical assistance and cost sharing improvement projects to make a business more globally competitive.


Mid-America TAAC assists domestic manufacturers negatively impacted by import competition. To be eligible, a manufacturer’s industry must be impacted by increasing foreign competition and have recently experienced declining employment and sales or production levels. Mid-America TAAC, staffed by individuals with private industry backgrounds, assist the firm by preparing application documents and acts as an intermediary between the firm and the Department of Commerce, which sponsors the program. Eligible firms are then assisted in two ways. First, TAAC staff conducts a thorough assessment of the firm to develop a detailed strategy to help the firm become more competitive. Second, TAAC assists the manufacturers by offering cost sharing of up to $150,000 (50 percent company match) or $30,000 (25 percent company match) to implement projects with consultants or industry-specific experts that are focused on improving a firm’s internal operations and competitive abilities.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Financial Assistance for International Trade Shows
  • Obtaining Government Funding

Import and Export Assistance

  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Import/Export Certification and Licensing

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Health and Safety Training
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Manufacturing Development
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)


  • Competitive Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Research

Networking Organizations

  • Industry Specific
  • International Trade

Nonprofit Development

  • Strategic Planning

Product Development

  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Missouri Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Environmental Compliance
  • Government Requirements
  • International Regulatory Compliance
  • Patent Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Government and Military Specifications
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Registration Assistance
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses

Technical Assistance

  • Pollution Prevention
  • Website Development


  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • International Trade Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
Primary ContactDonna Porch
Address4200 little blue parkway
Ste 590
Independence, MO 64057
Phone(816) 666-9407