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

Center for Entrepreneurship - Craig School of Business at MWSU

The Center for Entrepreneurship exists to train, mentor and support entrepreneurs. Our staff will provide one-on-one business coaching and connect clients to needed programs and resources.


COVID-19 Update: Tips for helping small businesses survive hard times will be the focus of a series of free webinars , “Surviving a Small Business in Hard Times,” features six topics. All are published on our website to be viewed at any time. A Facebook group has also been created, Entrepreneurs of Western Missouri, to give business owners a place to engage with like-minded people and look for support.

We strive to impassion talented entrepreneurs to follow their dreams. If you have always wanted to start a new business, but didn’t know where to begin, we can help. Our team of experts can guide you to make your dream a reality.

  • Starting a New Business
  • Creating a Business Plan
  • Securing Financial Support
  • Building a Team Approach
  • Filing and Licensing
  • Purchasing an Existing Business or Franchise


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies
  • Retention

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education


  • Student Marketing Projects


  • One-on-One Counseling

Nonprofit Development

  • Board Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Regulatory Compliance

  • Patent Information

Starting a Business

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


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactAnnette Weeks
Address4525 Downs Drive
Room 208, Popplewell Hall
Saint Joseph, MO 64507
Phone(816) 271-4283