Is the Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) the Small Business Administration (SBA)?
The SBTDC is not the Small Business Administration, but it is part of a national network of SBA Small Business Development Centers that deliver SBA resources on the local level.
How does UMKC SBTDC help businesses?
The SBTDC staff provides confidential, business coaching and ELEVATIONLAB training designed to help clients make good decisions as they start or grow their businesses. SBTDC coaches are experienced and knowledgeable business advisors who work with clients to provide expertise, guidance and feedback, as well as access to a wide range of local, regional and national resources.
Business coaching from SBTDC is enhanced with ELEVATIONLAB training programs covering an array of subjects. All SBTDC classes and workshops are designed to increase your knowledge, build your confidence and prepare you to manage a successful business. UMKC SBTDC specializes in technology ventures, working extensively with technology-based businesses and university researchers in commercializing innovative technologies.
Can you help me with my business idea?
UMKC SBTDC provides essential start-up business education to help prospective business owners navigate a path through a variety of state and federal programs, services and tools they need to grow and prosper. We specialize in new business start-up, existing business growth and technology business development.
I need funding for my business. Can you help me with loans and grants?
UMKC SBTDC does not make loans, but does work with a wide variety of funding sources including banks, lending agencies, equity and private capital funders to assist our clients in determining the best financial path for their business.
For clients involved in developing innovative, research-based products of interest to the federal government, SBTDC provides assistance in accessing grant resources. UMKC SBTDC assists businesses in accessing the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, a Federal funding opportunity to support research and development projects and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, designed to fund public/private sector partnerships between small businesses and universities or research institutions.
How do I speak to a business coach?
If you operate a business located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, fill out a short form on our Contact page. You will then be contacted by UMKC SBTDC to access services and obtain assistance. Calling our office is not the best or fastest way to speak to a counselor. If you are a Missouri business in another part of the state, visit MissouriBusiness.net to find the SBTDC office nearest you.
Is there a fee for your services?
Our business coaching services are provided without charge. SBTDC is funded in part by federal and state tax dollars and training programs are subsidized, making them either free or affordable.
What is the FastTrac® program?
UMKC SBTDC is the local affiliate organization for the delivery of the Kauffman Foundation FastTrac® program, including FastTrac® NewVenture designed to help entrepreneurs grow a great idea into the next viable innovation; FastTrac® TechVenture, specifically designed for technology and science-based entrepreneurs; and FastTrac® GrowthVenture designed for second-stage businesses ready for growth. Sign up for our ELEVATELAB e-newsletter to receive the latest on UMKC SBTDC training opportunities.
How is SBTDC connected to UMKC?
The University of Missouri-Kansas City is the host institution for the Small Business & Technology Development Center through the UMKC Innovation Center. We share UMKC’s strong commitment to entrepreneurship and are involved in a variety of activities connected to its teaching and student experiential learning opportunities.
UMKC SBTDC fills a vital role in connecting the university to the entrepreneurial and innovative business community – a role that has been strengthened in recent years with the addition of seasoned, high-level consultants specializing in technology development and transfer and in developing high-growth businesses.
Where is SBTDC located, and are walk-in visits welcome?
The SBTDC office is located in the UMKC Innovation Center, 4747 Troost, Kansas City, MO. The in-depth nature of our coaching and training does not make services to walk-in clients possible. The fastest and best way to receive assistance from the UMKC SBTDC is to fill out the contact form. Joining our e-mail list is the best way to receive information about ongoing training programs and events.
How do I register for a class?
Go to our calendar and click on the class to register and pay by credit card. If you need to use a different payment, email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
What is the class deadline for registration?
Registration closes 24 hours prior to the beginning of class. Many classes reach full enrollment well before that, so register as early as you can.
Can I walk in on the day of class?
No walk-ins are accepted.
How do I cancel a class registration?
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.
Does the center cancel for inclement weather or other issues?
Sometimes, though very rarely, classes are cancelled by the center. In that instance, you will be notified by email at least 24 hours in advance. You will be offered a refund or will be moved to the next available class.