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


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


COVID-19 Update: The VBRC is still offering online consulting. Additionally, the VBRC is hosting Virtual Coffee Houses the first Monday of every month from 8am-9am to ensure small businesses stay connected. Visit to register

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.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • 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
  • Obtaining Government Funding

Human Resources

  • Retention

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance


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


  • 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
  • Government and Military Specifications
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Registration Assistance

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • 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
Address611 N. 10th Street
Ste. 350
Saint Louis, MO 63101
Phone(314) 531-8387
Fax(877) 825-4190