Meet our Network

From Seattle to San Juan, SourceLink has worked with over 100 different communities of all sizes to empower local leaders to achieve entrepreneurship-led economic development goals. In some cases we provide a one-stop shop for small business owners, other times we conduct complex entrepreneurship assessment studies.

Below is a sampling of some amazing organizations we are fortunate to count in our network.

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ActivateKC Experiential Learning

KC Rising convened a team to craft a strategy to expand the number of and access to experiential learning opportunities. SourceLink's methodologies and Resource Navigator are being used to improve the experiential learning environment in Kansas City region.

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All About Autism

All About Autism connects those with autism to resources in the community. The program added the Resource Navigator search engine to their existing website to better organize the resources and make them more accessible to the general public. All About Autism is a great example of how the underlying technology can be deployed to meet challenges in audiences beyond entrepreneurship.

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Alliance for Community Development

The Alliance for Community Development is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission of increasing access to capital for startups with diverse leadership inclusive of minorities, women, and disabled veterans

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Baltimore City SourceLink

The City of Baltimore organized Baltimore City SourceLink with a mission to help small businesses grow and succeed. Baltimore city SourceLink includes Resource Navigator, an online search engine of resources; a central calendar; and a hotline.

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ChiBizHub

Announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and World Business Chicago in February of 2019, ChiBizHub is an innovative web platform that connects expert service providers to Chicago’s fast-growing business community. ChiBizHub powers a one-stop, collaborative platform to help new and existing Chicago businesses accelerate their growth.

Chicago Urban League Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The Chicago Urban League believes that a strong African American community makes a stronger Chicago. For nearly a century, the Urban League—through unique community, corporate and civic relationships—has helped people find jobs, affordable housing, educational opportunities and grow businesses. The organization encompasses passionate advocates for educational equality, economic development and social justice.

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City of Baltimore

The City of Baltimore provides support for small, local, minority-owned and women-owned companies seeking to do business with the City.

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City of Kansas City

The Business Customer Service Center is a free business resource, advocacy and information center for new and existing businesses operating within Kansas City, MO. The Business Customer Service Center provides our customers with information and assistance in understanding and complying with city, state and federal requirements for operating a business.

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CO.STARTERS

CO.STARTERS helps communities build vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems by equipping them with the best tools and resources needed to support starters of all kinds.

 
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Colmena66

Colmena66 is a regional referral network which links Puerto Rico area entrepreneurs and business owners to 100+ local and regional resource partners, such as nonprofit organizations, academia, and government agencies who provide services to help businesses grow and prosper.

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Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC

The Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC is committed to providing local entrepreneurs with business assistance through a variety of resources, such as events, training programs and consulting services. Colorado Springs Resource Navigator connects entrepreneurs and small businesses with local partners who provide free or low-cost business services.

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Dallas B.R.A.I.N

Launched as SourceLink in the fall of 2012, Dallas B.R.A.I.N is a program of the City of Dallas in 2012. A team of representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the North Texas Small Business Development Center Network, and the local business and philanthropic community guided the implementation of the program, which provides resources for entrepreneurs and business owners.

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Denver Entrepreneurial Resource Roadmap

JPMorgan Chase partnered with The Commons on Champa and SourceLink to create the Denver Entrepreneurial Resource Roadmap and Denver Resource Navigator. The online search engine and print poster give Denver area entrepreneurs two ways to access resources to help them start and grow businesses.

Digital Sandbox KC

The mission of Digital Sandbox KC is to 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.

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Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic at UMKC

Entrepreneurial Legal Clinic Services delivers legal advice and facilitate the delivery of professional business planning to owners of small businesses – both existing and start-ups — who cannot afford the market rates for such services. UMKC faculty will supervise law students as they provide legal and professional services to qualified clients.

Entrepreneurship Center at the Urban League of Greater Cleveland

The Entrepreneurship Center links together private, public and nonprofit resources to build strong, sustainable and successful minority businesses.

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Forward Cities

Forward Cities is a national nonprofit equipping communities and regions to grow and sustain more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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Greater Baltimore Urban League

The Greater Baltimore Urban League was founded “To enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights.” In keeping with it’s mission, GBUL, in partnership with the National Urban League, launched the Raymond V. Haysbert, Sr. Center for Entrepreneurship. The Haysbert Center brings high caliber business counseling and support services to the community level. The Haysbert Center provides workshops, seminar series, and one-on-one counseling.

 

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Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative

The Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative mission is to promote individual self sufficiency and community economic development by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship among low and moderate income people.

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Greater Washington Urban League

The Greater Washington Urban League is dedicated to providing area entrepreneurs with technical assistance, mentorship, track-based learning and access to capital in target service areas.

 

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Grow North MN

A resource and connection hub for Minnesota's food and agriculture entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem.

Hispanic Economic Development Corporation

The Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) was established in 1993 as a certified 501(c) 3 not-for-profit community development corporation in the State of Missouri. Founded for the purpose of developing and implementing economic development initiatives that would positively contribute to the quality of life for Latinos in Kansas City, HEDC utilizes its designation as a CDC to access various resources and tools that allow the organization to serve as a catalyst for change within the Latino community.

Houston Economic Empowerment Center of Houston Area Urban League

The mission of the Houston Area Urban League is to enable African Americans and other minorities to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.

IASourceLink

IASourceLink launched in fall of 2012 and serves the entire state of Iowa. IASourceLink connects a network of 200+ nonprofit resource organizations that provide business-building services for small businesses. We facilitate the linking of these resource organizations to one another and to established, emerging and start-up small businesses throughout the region.

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Iowa Economic Development Authority

Iowa Economic Development Authority works to strengthen economic and community vitality by building partnerships and leveraging resources to make Iowa the choice for people and business.

Jacksonville Urban League Entrepreneurship Center

Many resources are available to help start or expand businesses. The program is designed for minority business owners who live or work in the Jacksonville area.

Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA)

The Kansas Bioscience Authority was created by the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 to advance the state’s leadership in bioscience. An independent entity of the state, the KBA is governed by an 11-person board of directors made up of of local and national leaders in industry and academia.

Kansas Women's Business Center

The mission of the Women’s Business Center is to develop, counsel and mentor women in all stages of business development and growth. We do this through classes, seminars, peer roundtables, one-on-one consultation, networking and referrals. We also educate women entrepreneurs on sources of funding to include micro-loans and angel funding through the Women’s Capital Connection.

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KC Housing Connection

Kansas City Housing Connection leverages private, public and individual intention to transform the system of housing in the Kansas City metro area so that our community can ensure an affordable supply of safe and healthy homes for all.

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The Business Customer Service Center is a free business resource, advocacy and information center for new and existing businesses operating within Kansas City, MO. The Business Customer Service Center provides our customers with information and assistance in understanding and complying with city, state and federal requirements for operating a business.

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KCInvestED

KCInvestED connects investors in the Kansas City area with resources, events and tools to learn more about investing in early-stage companies. Our goals are to increase investors' knowledge and connections and inform the community about investment activity in our region and the impact it has on our economy.

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KCSourceLink

KCSourceLink provides small business with free, easy access to the help they need - when they need it. From Warrensburg, MO to Topeka, KS from St. Joseph to Osawatomie the network of more than 200 organizations helps businesses grow.

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Klamath IDEA

Klamath IDEA is the premier network for local businesses in Oregon. For owners and startups, Klamath IDEA will power connections to start, scale and accelerate area entrepreneurs. For the established resource network, Klamath IDEA will be a platform to provide best fit referrals, build your network, and to showcase the story of entrepreneurship in our region.

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Las Vegas Urban League

Las Vegas Urban League Entrepreneurship Center aims to become the primary, trusted resource around accessing relevant information on business start-up for entrepreneurs. In addition, the Entrepreneurship Center will be the trusted advisor to small-to-medium sized businesses around financial, operational, and organizational improvement.

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Los Angeles Urban League

Founded in 1921, the Los Angeles Urban League is recognizing more than 90 years of service to our Los Angeles communities. The League is the city’s premier organization in advancing equal opportunities on behalf of African Americans and other minority youths and adults through innovative job training, job placement, youth achievement and business development programs.

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MicroEnterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California

MicroEnterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California consists of a diverse coalition of community leaders dedicated to improving small business development in Riverside and San Bernardino counties and eastern Los Angeles county.

Missouri Technology Corporation

The Missouri Technology Corporation ("MTC") is a public-private partnership created by the Missouri General Assembly to foster the growth of new and emerging high-tech companies.

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Molino Project

The City of Albuquerque has a vision to be the most entrepreneur-friendly city in the nation. Albuquerque engaged SourceLink to assist in this effort by identifying the region’s entrepreneurial strengths and resource gaps. This analysis resulted in the launch of several initiatives which are being powered by SourceLink’s software technology and consulting services.

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MOSourceLink

MOSourceLink connects Missouri’s small business community to a network of more than 400 business development agencies. The Network takes the guess work out of deciding which resources are best suited for a particular need.

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National Urban League

The Entrepreneurship Center Program – a Signature Program of the National Urban League (NUL) – provides management counseling, mentoring and training services geared toward the development of management skills enabling minority entrepreneurs to obtain financing and /or contracts that support job creation and preservation.  The Entrepreneurship Center Program goal is to increase minority entrepreneurs' competitiveness and profitability to support their ability to start up more businesses with higher survival rates, and break out to new markets and higher growth.

NetWork Kansas

NetWork Kansas promotes an entrepreneurial environment throughout the state of Kansas by providing businesses and entrepreneurs with the right resources—expertise, education and economic resources—when they are needed most. It is a free connection to nearly 500 resources waiting to help you succeed.

New Orleans Women’s Business Resource Center and Entrepreneurship Center

The Center partners with private, public and nonprofit resources to build strong, sustainable and successful businesses in New Orleans and surrounding parishes. The program is designed for minority business owners who live or work in the Greater New Orleans region.

Ohio River Valley Women's Business Center

An organization for women business owners interested in promoting, developingand maintaining business relationships with other business owners, major corporations and governmental agencies. Through the ORV-WBC, your business can be certified as a nationally recognized Woman Business Enterprise (WBE).

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Online Network for Entrepreneurs

The Online Network for Entrepreneurs (ONE) is a resource that contains information about the services and organizations available to support business development and growth in Louisiana. Network partners offer information about their organization allowing them to increase visibility and receive appropriate inquiries about their services. Most economic development organizations, public agencies, governmental offices, chambers of commerce, and others providing assistance to businesses are partners. The ONE is administered by the Louisiana Tech University Technology Business Development Center (TBDC).

Philadelphia Urban League Entrepreneurship Center

Since 1917, The Urban League of Philadelphia has been empowering the African American community. We are an affiliate of the National Urban League the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.

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Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust

The Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust invests, facilitates and builds capacity to continually advance Puerto Rico’s economy and its citizens’ well-being through innovation-driven enterprises, science and technology and its industrial base.

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Red Cedar

Founded by the Cedar Valley’s private business community, Red Cedar is more than just an accelerator or venture capital fund. It is a startup catalyst, a public-private partnership made up of entrepreneurs, private businesses, colleges, cities, and is an economic development engine.  Red Cedar's purpose is to champion entrepreneurs and high-growth startups – helping them learn faster and accelerate their growth.

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Rio Grande Community Development Corporation

Since 1986, the Rio Grande Community Development Corporation has been working with our neighbors, colleagues, partners and friends in the South Valley to affect change.

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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is a regional development and philanthropic organization that fosters economic and community vitality in 20 counties of southern Minnesota through a culture of collaboration and partnership. We envision a prosperous and growing region with vibrant communities, innovative and successful economies, and engaged and valued citizens.

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Sparkyard

Where entrepreneurs get connected to the Fort Worth startup community.

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Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Regional Partnership Hub

Created in 2018, the Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Regional Partnership (SHARP) Hub helps fast track early stage science and biomedical technologies into startup companies to develop technologies into products and services. The innovative technology transfer SHARPhub collaborates and shares resources and best practices with partners in a five-state region — Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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The Commons on Champa

The Commons on Champa is a charitable organization of the Downtown Denver Partnership founded to create a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in building an economically powerful center city. Our growing community is made up of organizations and individuals who share in this mission. We work together to make the most of all our efforts to promote widespread economic prosperity now and in the future. Our shared values define our culture and help us fulfill our mission: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Inclusivity, Access, Give and Gain, Cooperation, Diversity, Courage.

The Entrepreneurship Center at the Urban League of Greater Atlanta

The Entrepreneurship Center assesses the needs and capabilities of minority business owners in the Atlanta area and links aspiring or current business owners with resources, classes, training and counseling that will help them grow to the next level of success.

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UMKC TalentLink

UMKC TalentLink connects individuals and organizations to professional development experiences.

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Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS Economic Development Division is committed to working for:

  • Increased job opportunities for local residents
  • Increasing the tax base of the community in order to continue to provide high quality services to businesses and citizens
  • Creating a quality of life characterized by stable neighborhoods and diverse opportunities
  • Diversifying the local economy with growth in new technology, service sector and tourism industries. 

 

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University of Missouri-Kansas City Innovation Center

From whiteboard to boardroom, the UMKC Innovation Center partners with the university and the community to spark entrepreneurial efforts within our region and across the country.

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University of Nebraska

SourceLink provides two primary services for the University of Nebraska with the intent to expand via the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Initiative. These services include Asset Mapping and Report and The Resource Navigator to make University resources more visible to entrepreneurs.

 

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University of North Texas Health Science Center

UNT Health Science Center is one of the nation’s premier graduate academic medical centers, with six schools that specialize in patient-centered education, research and health care.

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University of Northern Iowa Center for Business Growth and Innovation

For the past two decades, the University of Northern Iowa Center for Business Growth and Innovation (UNI CBGI) has built a network of resources and services designed to attract, connect, and accelerate small business and start-up growth with business assistance, capital, partner resources, and valuable connections to their peers.

Urban League of Greater Cincinnati - Economic Empowerment Center

The Center helps established minority entrepreneurs grow their companies by improving their management skills and helping them qualify for financing that will fuel business growth.

Urban League of Greater Kansas City

The mission of the Urban League is to enable African Americans and other disadvantaged persons to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. The Urban League’s strategy is three-pronged and geared specifically towards: 1) ensuring that children are well-educated and equipped for economic self-reliance; 2) helping adults to attain economic self-sufficiency through good jobs, entrepreneurship and wealth creation; 3) securing civil rights by eradicating all barriers to equal participation in the economic and social mainstream of America.

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Whiteboard2Boardroom

Whiteboard to Boardroom (W2B) and the CEO Bullpen project were established in September 2009 with three-year funding ($600,000) from the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation program. The program helps move innovations from universities into the marketplace.

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Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is committed to supporting businesses in maximizing potential and growth.

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Women's Entrepreneurial Opportunity Project

Women's Entrepreneurial Opportunity Project is an award-winning nonprofit organization that promotes the economic advancement of women, with an emphasis on women of color. We understand that women need resources and skills, equal access to business/career opportunities and the ability to make sound decisions about their economic future.  Our work is focused on initiatives that empower women with skills, information and resources.

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World Business Chicago

Driving Economic Growth in North America's Global Business Center.

Other Successful Projects

SourceLink helped the state of Alaska map resources across an area 2.5 times the size of Texas. The network was recognized by the University Economic Development Association with their Award of Excellence in the Partnership Development category.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership sought to understand new firm job creation for a multi-county central Iowa area. SourceLink was able to gather, standardize, and analyze data from an innovative dataset to yield key young firm insights by industry, worker demographics, and employment/wage statistics.

SourceLink was tapped by the St Louis Data Collective to confidentially and securely collect small business client data from 13 local technical assistance providers to create the first ever regional innovation and entrepreneurship report from the combined aggregated data. The effort allowed for the Data Collective to tell a comprehensive story around diversity and inclusion in the technology sector and illustrated the collective impact of entrepreneurs served by one (or many) local ecosystem players.

SourceLink Resource Partner Meeting in Detroit, MIThe New Economy Initiative, a special project of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, engaged SourceLink to understand and map resources in Southeast Michigan. SourceLink provided project management and coordination of a coalition of partners to deliver a 68-page comprehensive assessment of the entrepreneurship environment of Southeast Michigan.

We Create Jobs is a report researched by SourceLink with our KCSourceLink affiliate that pioneered new forms of statistical analysis to quantify the impact of first-time employers to a specific metro's economy

The Greater Des Moines Partnership led a collaborative effort that brought SourceLink to Central Iowa in the summer of 2012. That regional CISourceLink effort was later expanded statewide and now operates as IASourceLink.

SourceLink has developed of many kinds of entrepreneurship service visualizations, maps, grids, and infographics. These have been done for six major Cities, in rural Northwest Missouri, and even two different Resource Rail℠ entrepreneurship maps (Tu Camino Empresarial and KC Resource Rail).

SourceLink helped the Center for Executive Education, Development and Excellence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia identify and map its entrepreneurial resource assets. SourceLink developed a library of content including on-the-ground resources, how-to guides, articles and videos.

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