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The Northeast Business Growth Initiative is an effort by the City of Kansas City, Missouri; Historic Northeast stakeholders; and UMKC to unite key resources within the Kansas City community to create a suite of tools to support business growth. The UMKC Innovation Center is a place where residential and business owners in the Historic Northeast can obtain these tools in a classroom setting. The City contributes by funding the Northeast Business Growth Scholarship for the Innovation Center classes.

The Northeast Business Growth Scholarship attendees will receive scholarships toward the class fee of the open business course(s) pertinent to the scholarship participant’s phase in business and business education needs. If the current business courses do not meet the needs of the non-English speakers, then other community partners will provide assistance. The open business course schedule and requirement details can be found at

Business Training Scholarship Program

The Northeast Business Growth Initiative administered through the UMKC Innovation Center provides scholarships for up to 50 percent of the cost of expenses for eligible courses, which typically range in cost from $50-900 each. Participants may take up to four courses using scholarships, with approval. Eligible applicants must live or own a business in the Historic Northeast (see map inset for program boundaries). Current course offerings are being provided in a classroom setting at 4747 Troost Ave. in Kansas City, Missouri. Class times and dates vary, but additional offerings at this and other locations may be added in the future.

To Register:

Visit or contact Carmen Dehart at 816.235.6428 or Proof of residency or business ownership is required. Spaces are limited and a scholarship application and pre-screening is required for all participants. Students may request accommodation for a secondary language or any disabilities.

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