KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (February 12, 2015) —– The Urban Business Growth Initiative has already created economic impact with 18 business owners in Kansas City, Mo., and will help even more with scholarships to selected programs this spring. To date, more than 100 residents and/or business owners have taken advantage of the classes and 317 counseling sessions have been held with tenants of the Lincoln Building and other small central city businesses.

The Urban Business Growth Initiative is a collaboration of KC BizCare (the City of Kansas City, Mo.’s Business Customer Service Center), the UMKC Small Business and Technology Development Center, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center and KCSourceLink. The program encourages entrepreneurial startups which will, in turn, create jobs in Kansas City’s economically distressed neighborhoods and beyond.

Services and training are being delivered at the 4747 Troost Building, the Blue Hills Contractor Incubator and the Black Economic Union’s Small Business Center in the Historic Lincoln Building.

The initiative targets low- to moderate income individuals in the urban core who wish to start or grow businesses. Classes and scholarships are open to anyone who lives or owns a business in Kansas City, Mo.

This spring scholarships are being offered for the following three programs:

  • Icehouse Entrepreneurship Program, March 12-May 14, $75 with scholarship

Teaches eight essentials of the entrepreneurial mindset to those with an idea for a business

  • Construction Business Management, March 31-May 19, $75 with scholarship

Assists construction business owners with issues of growth

  • Winning Government Contracts: The First Steps, one session March 5, free with scholarship

Explains how to get started in the government contracting arena

For more information or to register, go to sbtdc.umkc.edu. Scholarships are limited.

Funding for the Urban Business Growth Initiative comes from the City of Kansas City, Mo.


KCSourceLink connects a network of more than 230 business-building organizations in the 18-county Kansas City region to the aspiring and existing business owners that need their services. The mission is to help small businesses grow and prosper by providing easy access to needed services. Entrepreneurs and business owners can access the entire network at www.kcsourcelink.com

The Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is one of a network of offices located throughout the state. The Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC) provide consulting services and training in marketing, finance, management and technology development at little or no cost.

KCBizCare, a division of the City of Kansas City, Missouri City Manager’s Office, is a free business resource, advocacy and information center for new and existing businesses operating within Kansas City, Mo.