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UMKC Innovation Center

Missouri SBDC at Missouri University of Science and Technology

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

About

The Small Business & Technology Development Center at Missouri S&T offers one-on-one business counseling and group training on a variety of business topics in the areas of management, marketing, finance and technology commercialization.

This office is one of a network of offices located throughout the state. The Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide business training and one-on-one assistance to existing business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

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

• Starting a business – start-up business counseling. Finance • Financial analysis with industry comparisons, ratio analysis, break-even, and more. • Capital budgeting • Financial projections • Financing options and debt restructuring Recordkeeping and accounting Marketing • Market research (demographics, psychographics, drive time studies, etc.) • Customer segmentation • Customer relationships and satisfaction • Customer and market knowledge • Competitive analysis • Pricing • Promotions Management • 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

Missouri SBTDC counselors are skilled professionals with experience in many fields including marketing and sales, accounting, financial analysis and cost control, personnel, operations management, inventory control, new business creation, business acquisition, and business sales. All information that clients share with the Missouri SBTDC is held in complete confidence.

The center can assist businesses and researchers in obtaining Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards.

SBIR is a highly competitive program that encourages small business to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. This program provides federal funds for research and development expenses of small businesses. In order to participate, certain eligibility criteria must be met.

STTR grants are awarded to small businesses partnering with nonprofit research institutions to assist with technology and product commercialization. This program also requires that certain eligibility criteria must be met.

Services

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

  • Angel Investment Providers
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Financial Assistance for International Trade Shows
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding
  • Technology Grants
  • Venture Capital Equity Providers

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies
  • Retention

Import and Export Assistance

  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Research Projects

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Industry Specific Research/Expertise

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • High Tech Development
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Life Sciences Development
  • Technology Transfer

Marketing/Sales

  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research

Mentoring

  • One-on-One Counseling

Office, Incubator, Accelerator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking Space
  • Incubator Space
  • Office Space

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Regulatory Compliance

  • Patent Information
  • Registration, licenses and permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Government Contracts

Starting a Business

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

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Commercialization
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Technology Transfer

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 ContactKaren Leatherman
Addresss900 Innovation Drive
Suite 145
Saint Joseph, MO 64501