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

The LearningForce

The LearningForce offers a diverse schedule of noncredit continuing education courses for personal enrichment, professional development and workforce training solutions for business, industry and the individual.

About

The LearningForce offers a diverse schedule of noncredit continuing education courses for personal enrichment, professional development and workforce training solutions for business, industry and the individual.  Whether you are an individual wanting to learn a new hobby or skill, a professional needing to gain additional skills, knowledge or certification or a business or organization needing to skill-up your existing workforce or prepare a new skilled workforce to keep your company competitive in your marketplace, The LearningForce is your training partner.  Other programs and services include:

  • Workforce training - customized workforce training specific to your business and industry.  Courses can be offered on-site, online and on campus.
  • Small Business Development Center - entrepreneurial and small business support and training
  • Commercial Driving Academy - 4-week training program for a truck driving career
  • Kids College - summer programming and career exploration opportunities for pre-k to junior high students
  • Professional certifications - exam preparatory training for industry recognized credentials
  • Apprenticeships - earn while you learn opportunities

For more information about these programs, please contact The LearningForce at www.sfccmo.edulearningforce@sfccmo.edu or 660-530-5822. 


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

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Lease Review
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Tax Credits
  • Watershed Planning

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
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Tax Credits
  • Technology Grants
  • Venture Capital Equity Providers

Human Resources

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

Import and Export Assistance

  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Import/Export Certification and Licensing
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review
  • Patent Seminars
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance Training
  • Health and Safety Training
  • High Tech Development
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Life Sciences Development
  • Manufacturing Development
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)
  • Science/Bioscience Seminars
  • Technology Transfer
  • Wet Lab Incubator

Marketing/Sales

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

Mentoring

  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific
  • International Trade
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit Development

  • Accounting
  • Board Development
  • Funds Development
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Audits
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services

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

  • Accelerators
  • Commercial Kitchen Facilities
  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking Space
  • Incubator Space
  • Lease Review
  • Maker Space
  • Office Equipment and Furniture
  • Office Space
  • Retail Space
  • Site Location
  • Wet Lab Incubator

Operations and Logistics

  • Freight and Distribution
  • Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance Training
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Locating Freight Forwarders/Customs Brokers
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Product Assembly and Packaging
  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Small Business Policy

Regulatory Compliance

  • Bonding
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Government Requirements
  • Insurance Requirements
  • International Regulatory Compliance
  • Patent Information
  • Registration, licenses and permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Government and Military Specifications
  • HUB zone Certification
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Price History
  • Registration Assistance
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses
  • Subcontracting Opportunities

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

Tax Services

  • State and Federal TaxTraining
  • State Tax Credit Information
  • Tax Credits
  • Tax Preparation Assistance
  • Tax Registration

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Commercialization
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Technology Transfer
  • Website Development

Training

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance Training
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • International Trade Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
  • Trade Education and Training
Primary ContactAmy Jackson
Address3201 West 16th Street
Sedalia, MO 65301
Phone(660) 596-7391