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

Minority Business Development Agency Business Center - St. Louis

MBDA helps minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenue and expand their businesses by providing increased visibility and access for minority-owned firms by partnering with multi-national corporations, and government agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

About

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) helps minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenue and expand their businesses by providing increased visibility and access for minority-owned firms by partnering with multi-national corporations, and government agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

MBDA provides Agency clients with technical assistance and access to capital, contracts, and new markets opportunities to create new jobs. 

  • Financing – loan packaging and placement assistance for LOC’s and SBA lending
  • Bonding Assistance – evaluation and facilitation of acceptable bonding amounts
  • Procurement – increase access to contracting opportunities
  • Minority Certification – Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women-owned Minority Business Enterprise (WMBE) Certification is nationally acclaimed
  • On-line Business Tools – access to PIPELINE and DODGE DATA & ANALYTICS
 

Services

Business Planning

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

Import and Export Assistance

  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities

Legal Services

  • Contract Review

Marketing/Sales

  • Market Plan Development and Training

Mentoring

  • One-on-One Counseling

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Hispanic Business
  • Missouri Business Issues
  • Native-American Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • Women's Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Government Requirements

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Government and Military Specifications
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Price History
  • Registration Assistance
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses
  • Subcontracting Opportunities
Primary ContactTodd Gilyard
Address911 Washington Ave.
Suite 720
Saint Louis, MO 63101
Phone(314) 391-4477