The Ennovation Center is a business incubator that provides space and resources to 70-plus clients. It offers commercial kitchen, office, light tech manufacturing and shared coworking spaces in its facility. The center works with a wide range of companies and offers an ever-evolving spectrum of resources to help small and early businesses grow.
210 N. Forest Ave., Suite 120
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: (816) 463-3532
EnCorps45 is an organization for professionals age 45 and older who are looking to reinvent themselves, including through business ownership. Members can participate in networking sessions and educational workshops.
Phone: (816) 210-5550
The Greater Kansas City Chamber values and promotes diversity because it enhances the business community and the region’s economic development.
30 W. Pershing Road, Ste. 301, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 374-5494
Digital Sandbox KC and its Energy Sandbox (which works with startups in the energy industry) provide proof-of-concept resources to support early-stage commercialization processes, including access to technology, business and market experts and funding for early-stage market validation, prototyping and beta-testing services. Funding currently available for companies on the Missouri side of the metro area and in Olathe.
4747 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: (816) 235-6661
The Clay County Economic Development Council is committed to economic development in the Kansas City Northland of Clay County, Mo., and provides the following resources and programs: site selection and building searches for expansion; Midwest Small Business Finance, which offers 504, 7(a) and other SBA loans; the six-month Doniphan Leadership Institute program for executives; and the Northland Angel Investor Network.
1251 N.W. Briarcliff Parkway, Ste. 25, Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone: (816) 468-4989
The Human Relations Department (HRD) is responsible for investigating and processing complaints of civil rights violations that have occurred within the city limits of Kansas City, Mo. The department is also charged with helping companies become certified as disadvantaged, minority or women-owned enterprises; as small local business enterprises; or as Section 3-certified businesses. As part of its effort to promote affirmative action, the department also monitors city construction contracts for compliance with prevailing wage laws, as well as compliance with the city’s ordinances regarding construction workforce and utilization of certified companies on all contracts that meet ordinance criteria. HRD sponsors two yearly events that are open to all: a Civil Rights Summit every spring celebrating fair housing legislation, and the Kansas City Government Contract and Procurement Forum in August.
414 E. 12th St., Fourth Floor, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 513-1836
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner.
4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233
Phone: (301) 763-1822
Blue Valley CAPS is a program for juniors and seniors in the Blue Valley School District. Students work on projects in bioscience, business, engineering and human services, helping them develop the skills required by the 21st century workplace. Blue Valley CAPS students regularly collaborate with small and large businesses on real-world problems.
7501 W. 149th Terrace, Overland Park, KS 66223
Phone: (913) 239-5900
Artist INC is a program of the UMKC Innovation Center in collaboration with Mid-America Arts Alliance. Artist INC connects artists of all disciplines throughout the Midwest region to the resources and opportunities that will help them promote their work and strengthen their artistic practice.
4747 Troost Ave., Ste. 121, Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: (816) 235-6769
A nonprofit organization that connects entrepreneurs across the region to the resources needed to grow their businesses. Provides affordable office space, education, mentoring and connections to capital.
4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 350B, Fairway, KS 66205
Phone: (913) 438-2282