FAQ: Class Registration

Are you dreaming of a new business idea or ready to position your existing business for growth? ELEVATIONLAB is launching this fall to help businesses at all stages with classes and workshops designed for entrepreneurial success.

ELEVATIONLAB is the new training program of the UMKC Small Business Development & Technology Center, offering classes and workshops that are targeted for every business stage:

  • SPARK classes for start-ups
  • SCALE classes for growth
  • SURGE classes for technology and innovation

Participants can learn everything from the basics of writing a business plan to making financial projections, pitching to investors, winning government contracts, creating social media strategies and more. Feature programs include:


The SBTDC has been helping entrepreneurs start and grow businesses in Kansas City since 1987. ELEVATIONLAB courses are built on SBTDC business development programs that in 2017 created:

  • $49.9 million in increased sales
  • $259 million in loans and equity
  • 654 new jobs
  • 75 new businesses

Each training program offers participants an opportunity to learn from experienced business owners and consultants. Participants will get peer-to-peer interactions, strategic action items and opportunities to network with the experts and fellow entrepreneurs. Instructors bring years of business experience to each class, giving participants the opportunity to tap resources, get access to funding opportunities and leading-edge business tools.

Go to the SBTDC calendar and click on the class to register and pay by credit card. If you need to use a different payment, email sbtdc@umkc.edu to make arrangements.

We have some scholarships available on a first come, first serve basis. The Dislocated Worker Program and Urban Business Growth Initiative are the current available scholarships. Use the application at these links to learn if you qualify.

Registration closes 24 hours prior to the beginning of class. Many classes reach full enrollment well before that, so register as early as possible.

No walk-ins are accepted.

Refunds will be offered for cancellations at least three business days prior to class start. For cancellations after that time, you will receive information on the next available class or sending someone in your place.

Email is very important and the main avenue for us to contact you. Please be sure that it is accurate.

Occasionally, classes are cancelled for inclement weather or low enrollment. In that instance, you will be notified by email at least 24 hours in advance when possible. You will be offered a refund or will be moved to the next available class.