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 SBDC at Missouri Southern State University

Missouri Small Business Development Center (MO SBDC) business specialists are uniquely qualified to help small businesses get started, develop and thrive.


The MSSU SBDC is serving clients and training attendees remotely. Call 417-625-3128 to set up an appointment.


The Missouri Small Business Development Center at Missouri Southern State University (MO SBDC) provides consulting services in marketing, finance, management and technology development at little or no cost to the business. Staff also provide training seminars on business topics at reasonable rates.

The following are examples of the type of assistance available in the network:


  • Financial analysis with industry comparisons, ratio analysis, break-even, and more.
  • Capital budgeting.
  • Financial projections.
  • Financing options and debt restructuring.

Recordkeeping and accounting


  • Market research (demographics, psychographics, drive time studies, etc.).
  • Customer segmentation.
  • Customer relationships and satisfaction.
  • Customer and market knowledge.
  • Competitive analysis.
  • Pricing.
  • Promotions.


  • Business Planning.
  • Strategic Planning.
  • Balance Scorecards.
  • Management analysis.
  • Continuous improvement.
  • Ethics and liability management.
  • Human resources (Recruitment and selection, compensation and employee retention, policies/manuals, motivating employees, etc.).

Technology Development

  • Patent assistance.
  • Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants.
  • Investor presentations and preparation.
  • Building management teams.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development


  • Competitive Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research


  • One-on-One Counseling

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Missouri Business Issues
  • Small Business Policy

Regulatory Compliance

  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactLisa Robinson
Address3950 E Newman Road
Plaster Hall Room 107
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone(417) 625-3128
Fax(417) 625-9782