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

SBDC for Northwest Missouri State University - St. Joseph Center

The SBDC offers confidential consulting to existing & emerging businesses. Fortune 500 resources & expertise are utilized with clients at no charge due to our funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration & Northwest Missouri State University.


The SBDC of Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) is one of a network of offices located throughout the country. The SBDC of NWMSU provides assistance with business plans, strategic planning, marketing, market research, financial analysis, finding financing, coaching, international trade, and more. The Director is a certified business coach, certified economic development finance professional, a certified six sigma green belt, and a previous business owner.

The following are examples of the types of assistance available directly from this office:


  • Financial analysis with industry comparisons and interpretation, ratio analysis, break-even, budgeting, and financial projections/proformas
  • Quickbooks assistance & training
  • Financial projections
  • Financing options and debt restructuring
  • Assistance finding traditional and non-traditional financing options


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


  • Business Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Balance Scorecards
  • Management analysis
  • Continuous improvement / Lean / Six Sigma
  • Human resources (recruitment and selection, compensation and employee retention, policies/manuals/templates, motivating employees, etc.)

Technology Development

  • Patent assistance
  • Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants
  • Investor presentations/pitches and preparation

Referrals to experts within the state-wide network for anything not listed above including assistance with international trade/exporting, government contracting, agriculture and more.

Serving the 9 counties in northwest Missouri: Worth, Holt, Atchison, Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton, DeKalb, Gentry, and Nodaway.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)
  • Technology Transfer
  • Wet Lab Incubator


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


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking Organizations

  • Small Business/General

Operations and Logistics

  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Regulatory Compliance

  • Registration, licenses and permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Tax Services

  • State and Federal TaxTraining

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Commercialization
  • Technology Transfer


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactRebecca Lobina
AddressSt. Joseph Chamber of Commerce
3003 Frederick Avenue
Saint Joseph, MO 64506
Phone(816) 364-4105
Fax(816) 364-4873