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

Veterans Business Resource Center

Free assistance to honorably discharged veterans, transitioning military and military families with preparations to self-employment or business expansion.


This St. Louis nonprofit organization was founded and  is operated by veterans to assist their fellow veterans in the formation and expansion of small businesses in the Midwestern United States. Specialized skills in business planning and consulting, plan review, loan package guidance and structured entrepreneurial training.

Headquarters Office:911 Washington Avenue Suite 705, St. Louis MO 63101

North City Business Development Center 2700 N 14th Street, St. Louis MO 63106, 314-531-VETS (8387)

Kansas City Satellite: 1000 Walnut Suite 500, Kansas City MO 64106, Main Line: 816-426-4900, Direct message line 314-532-8387 and fax:  877-825-4190


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies
  • Retention

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

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


  • Competitive Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research


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

Networking Organizations

  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit Development

  • Board Development
  • Strategic Planning

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Small Business Policy

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Registration Assistance

Starting a Business

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


  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactDarcella Craven
Address911 Washington Avenue
Suite 705
Saint Louis, MO 63101
Phone(314) 531-8387
Fax(877) 825-4190