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

St. Louis Public Library

St. Louis Public Library's 16 locations, including Central Library's subject specialists, help entrepreneurs find information related to day-to-day operations and long-term needs using a wide variety of resources.


All St. Louis Public Library buildings are open to the public, as of Wednesday, March 3, 2021. 

Customers are limited to 30 minutes in the building. individuals using a computer are allowed 60 minutes in the building. 


St. Louis Public Library’s Central Library has 3 key areas with services and subject specialists to assist those interested in starting a business or who currently have a business. The Science & Technology Room includes resources on starting a business including online and print resources for market research and business plans, and the Patent & Trademark Resource Center where inventors and entrepreneurs can find information about protecting their brands and inventionsThe Grants & Foundation Center in the Social Sciences Room has online resources, training programs, funding information, and other materials for those starting a nonprofit or those with existing nonprofits. The Library is also a Government Documents depository and staff can access Census data for the U.S., Missouri and other states, and St. Louis as well as other statistical and country information. Visit our website at for more information on collections, programs, and services including “Ask a Librarian.”


Business Planning

  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Market Research

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Research Projects

Legal Services

  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Libraries and Research Organizations

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


  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Market Research

Nonprofit Development

  • Board Development
  • Funds Development
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Audits
  • Strategic Planning

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Regulatory Compliance

  • Codes
  • Government Requirements
  • Patent Information
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Government and Military Specifications

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactEleanore Chadderon
Address1301 Olive St
Saint Louis, MO 63101
Phone(314) 539-0390