Urban Business Growth Initiative Program


Eligible applicants must live or own a business in Kansas City, MO. Accepted participants may take one $75 training and one no cost training.


(The following are $75 after scholarship)

ELEVATIONLAB™ CONSTRUCTION VENTURE                                                                                                                                                                   

This class is targeted to existing construction industry businesses who want to develop a plan for growing their companies. Hindsight is 20/20, so use that to create a framework and a plan to improve your business performance.


In this 30-hour course, you will look at all aspects of your proposed company, exploring the feasibility of your business concept and learning how to develop a viable business plan.


Designed specifically by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, this course designed to give technology and science-based entrepreneurs a proven framework and network of connections to help grow a great idea into the next viable innovation.


Targeted to existing businesses who want to develop a plan for growing their companies. Train with knowledgable entrepreneur practictioners who are attuned to the issues that influence the decisions you make about your company.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Training

This course is a revolutionary new learning program designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide.

(The following are no cost after scholarship)

Pitching to Investors

Do you need funding for your business, but don’t know where to start with your pitch to a potential investor?
Learn the best strategies to convince investors that you are worth their money, and avoid the common pitfalls made by many businesses.

Reading and Understanding Financial Statements

During this course, you will learn to identify key business information that is captured on the income statement and balance sheet. You will learn to calculate several ratios and understand what those ratios mean in terms of business productivity and success.

Social Media Road Map for Business

This 3 hour training will show you: what a real Business-to-Business vs Business-to-Customer Social Media strategy looks like, how your website should be working to help facilitate the growth of your business, and how to get targeted clients, prospects and industry media to share your stuff.

Winning Federal Research Grants: SBIR/STTR Workshop

Do you have a technology business that needs funding? This introductory seminar explains how to win Small Business Initiative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grants from federal programs that provide research and development (R&D) funds for small businesses.

Ready to learn more and see when our classes start? Go to our training calendar and find your class.

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Any questions or concerns? Email elevationlab@umkc.edu.