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

Square One Small Business Services by Mid-Continent Public Library

Square One Small Business Services at Mid-Continent Public Library supports local entrepreneurs through access to information, programs, and opportunities. Whether owning a business is a brand new dream or your life’s work, MCPL is committed to helping you succeed.


The Square One Small Business Services team has moved all of its classes on line and has developed a few courses targeted to the current situation (like Curbside Pickup: Best Practices.)

The current list of offerings is on their Facebook page

Square One

  • Seeks to connect local entrepreneurs and small business owners to the resources and services they need to be successful in today’s marketplace.

  • Includes business specialists who provide one-on-one attention, help, training, and educational opportunities.

  • Provides valuable business tools—such as online databases like ReferenceUSA—as well as vital resources in the community.

  • Hosts free business seminars led by experienced, local experts on everything from financing and marketing a venture to customer service and advice on operating food-focused enterprises.

Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) consists of 31 locations serving Clay, Jackson, and Platte Counties in Western Missouri. MCPL provides business reference materials and many MCPL branches have free library programs and events that for people who own small businesses or those contemplating starting a small business. Find a local branch by going to

MCPL provides resource materials and online databases that can be used by business owners to access information related to starting or growing a business including:

  • Sample business plans and templates
  • Marketing
  • Market research
  • Locate local businesses
  • Demographic data
  • Industry research
  • Company research
  • Grant databases
  • Online business guides and books
  • Financial literacy

Information is accessible at any of the 35 locations or online with an MCPL access pass.  At the North Independence Branch, you can access help from our Business Information Librarian.  Kelly Head is on-hand to answer reference questions at the North Independence Branch, via email (


Business Planning

  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Insurance Requirements

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies
  • Retention

Import and Export Assistance

  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting

Libraries and Research Organizations

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


  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Website Development

Nonprofit Development

  • Funds Development
  • Strategic Planning

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Price History

Starting a Business

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


  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactSquare One
Address15616 E Hwy 24
Independence, MO 64050
Phone(816) 848-4489