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 regional entrepreneurs.


COVID-19 Support:

MO-WBC is offering virtual assistance to help companies navigate options for weathering the COVID-19 pandemic. MO-WBC can provide you with free counseling by phone and online to help identify your options for accessing needed capital. 

Schedule an appointment 573-818-2980, or

All MOWBC events are online.


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. 

Our offerings include classes, workshops, networking opportunities, individualized business counseling and microlending. While our primary focus is women business owners and entrepreneurs, we are dedicated to assisting any individual interested in our services.

LaunchU is a six-week course for aspiring and early-stage business owners. Over six weeks you will learn about and execute a written feasibility plan to help you determine if your business idea is a “GO” or a “NO GO.” Your feasibility can then be adapted into your business plan.LaunchU is offered quarterly. Sessions beginning in January in Columbia are offered Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Microenterprise. Need help finding funding for your business? Lack capital or faced with credit challenges? Set an appointment to explore options for all borrower types!

  • Traditional lending products
  • SBA Loans and COVID Relief funding
  • Microloans
  • Crowdfunding


We serve eight counties: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau and Osage as a program of Central Missouri Community Action. 



Business Planning

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

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review

Financial Resources and Assistance

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


  • Competitive Analysis
  • Market Research


  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Missouri Business Issues
  • Women's Business Issues

Starting a Business

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

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training


  • 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 ContactJayme Prenger
AddressColumbia, MO 65201