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

Missouri Department of Economic Development - International Trade and Investment Office

Our mission is to increase the number of Missouri companies exporting and increase the volume of Missouri exports.


The Missouri International Trade and Investment Office is offering virtual services to Missouri-based exporters. Some examples:

  • Multilingual trade managers and global office representatives are able to assist you – even when you may not be able to travel to the market.
  • The team in Missouri will set up virtual meetings with colleagues on the ground in 12 international markets.
  • Trade managers can continue to offer - virtually - the usual services of customized market research, trade counseling and sourcing.


The International Trade & Investment Office of the Missouri Department of Economic Development is the state's lead agency for trade and investment promotion. The ITI is headquartered in Jefferson City with global offices in Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, South Korea, UAE and Taiwan (in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture). The DED – ITI also serves as the Governor’s Protocol and International Affairs Office.


Business Planning

  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Government Funding

Import and Export Assistance

  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program


  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets

Operations and Logistics

  • Locating Freight Forwarders/Customs Brokers

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Missouri Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • International Regulatory Compliance

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • HUB zone Certification
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses


  • International Trade Training
Primary ContactInternational Trade & Investment Office Services
Address301 W High St
Room 720
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone(573) 751-4855
Fax(573) 526-1567