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 turnkey 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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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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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.

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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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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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.

 

Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative

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 Peoria SourceLink

Greater Peoria SourceLink connects entrepreneurs to what's happening in the greater Peoria area entrepreneurial community: find local funding sources, helpful programs, incubators, co-working space, networking opportunities, and events all in one place. 

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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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Indy Chamber

The Indy Chamber serves as a voice of progress and improvement in the region, uniting business and community to maintain a strong economy and quality of life. The Indy Chamber Resource Navigator connects entrepreneurs with over 100 local resource partners to help businesses get to the next level.

Iowa Economic Development Authority

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.

KCBizCare

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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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.

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.

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NWMOSourceLink

NWMOSourceLink connects a large network of nonprofit service providers offering a wide variety of business-building services for small businesses. NWMOSourceLink is powered by the Northwest Roundtable, a dynamic association of economic developers devoted to promoting and securing the economic viability of the 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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Phillips County Economic Development

Phillips County Kansas is a creator of partnerships. As a community, we are invested in entrepreneurship led economic development by embracing both our rural traditions and future innovation. From concept to development, PCED provides the tools and resources required to guide you through your project, helping you to solve the issues that occur on your path to business success.

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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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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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SourceLink Virginia

In Virginia, several key partners have loaded Resource Navigator on their websites, expanding the availability of the directory to even more entrepreneurs. This is a new approach that SourceLink Virginia has added. By making the directory available on partner websites, more entrepreneurs have easier access to find all of the resources available to them in their region or across the state. SourceLink Virginia saw an almost 25% increase in Resource Navigator searches from their first year in operation to their second.

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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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TCU Neeley Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Every student holds the potential to be an entrepreneur and a leader, and thus a catalyst for change. Our primary objective is that each student, through our courses, field experiences, programs and initiatives, honors his/her own entrepreneurial journey by developing into an ethical leader endowed with an entrepreneurial mind-set and entrepreneurial skills. We welcome students from across campus and all study disciplines.

The Commons on Champa

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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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 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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World Business Chicago

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

Past 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.

Michigan was looking for a backend system to support their Michigan Business One Stop hotline. The solutions: Resource Navigator, which helped their hotline operators find the right resource matches for their callers.

After completing a gap analysis of their entrepreneurial ecosystem through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), New Orleans started shopping for a solution that would bridge their services and link their technical assistance providers. New Orleans used SourceLink tools and technology to link resources serving the Southshore and Northshore areas of the city.

Connect Arkansas developed ARKSourceLink as part of a three-year broadband initiative to encourage more internet usage and connectivity throughout the state. The project was funded through the National Telecommunications Administration’s broadband stimulus funding grant.

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

State of Ingenuity SourceLink resulted from a unique collaboration of organizations from southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, focused on developing entrepreneurship across state boundaries. The six-county area was especially hard hit during the recession, the problems in the auto industry as well as flooding and snows. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater led the effort with three-year funding from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. During one year, State of Ingenuity clients obtained more than $2.5 million in loans and more than $6 million in equity investments.

Twenty counties in south central and south eastern Minnesota realized they would be stronger together in their efforts to support entrepreneurship and small businesses. The Blandin Foundation, the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, AgStar Financial Services, ACA and the University of Minnesota Rochester came together to lead SoMNSourceLink, which focused on collaborations among the dozens of service providers in the region.

The Tulsa Metro Chamber staff a small business resource center, and realized that their staff of two could not meet the needs of the region’s some 30,000 small businesses. SourceLink Tulsa allowed them to bring together some 70 other resources to serve those needs.

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.

Loudoun County, VA is located just an hour outside of Washington, D.C. Home to more than 12,000 businesses, 86 percent of which have fewer than 20 employees. Each year, Loudoun County Economic Development collaborates with 100+ Resource Partners for Small Business Week and sets an example of successful entrepreneurial ecosystem building. 

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