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 Women's Business Center

The Missouri Women’s Business Center (MoWBC) provides resources, support and networks for women seeking to start or grow their own businesses. We specialize in free one-on-one counseling and training for local entrepreneurs.


The Missouri Women’s Business Center (MoWBC) is a catalyst for economic development in our community by providing resources, support and networks for women seeking to start or grow their own businesses.

We are a program of Central Missouri Community Action funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration to offer business counseling and classes to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Our offerings include classes, workshops, networking opportunities, individualized business counseling and microlending. We serve eight counties: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau and Osage as a program of Central Missouri Community Action. While our primary focus is women business owners and entrepreneurs, we are dedicated to assisting any individual interested in our services.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Research

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review

Financial Resources and Assistance

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

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies
  • Retention

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development


  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Market Research


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking Organizations

  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit Development

  • Strategic Planning

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Missouri Business Issues
  • Women's Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Registration, licenses and permits

Starting a Business

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

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training


  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactJessie Yankee
Address500 E Walnut St
Suite 102
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone(573) 777-5236