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

SCORE - Southwest Missouri

SCORE is made up of business mentors who volunteer time and expertise to help starting and existing businesses solve their business problems.


Due to the coronavirus outbreak, SCORE mentors will meet with clients remotely. Mentors are available to participate in remote mentoring sessions via phone, email, and video. If you already have a SCORE mentor, ask them if you can use a remote method for your sessions. If you don't already have a SCORE mentor, you can request a remote business mentor today. Find a mentor today. 

The mission of SCORE is to provide resources and expertise to maximize the success of existing and emerging small businesses.

SCORE's core purpose is to strengthen small business, strengthen local communities and strengthen America by supporting our proud heritage of entrepreneurs seeking opportunities and building success.

In periods of economic strength and during turbulent times, SCORE serves as a network of trusted mentors to help entrepreneurs solve problems and create companies and jobs.

Founded in 1964, SCORE is made up of real-world professionals with time-tested knowledge who donate thousands of hours to help businesses succeed. The Southwest Missouri chapter is comprised of 30 volunteers who provide guidance and mentoring to business owners in the southwestern Missouri region. These Mentors provide free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of the business and the owner's objectives. The Springfield chapter includes counselors who have expertise in a broad range of areas, including restaurants, accounting, legal and engineering. One counselor focuses on buying and selling companies and offers periodic workshops on the topic.


Business Planning

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

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development


  • Competitive Analysis
  • Market Plan Development and Training


  • One-on-One Counseling

Starting a Business

  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactChapter 61
Springfield, MO 65804
Phone(417) 986-4730