Our entrance process is designed to help you take your business to the next level. The self-paced process allows you to begin on your own and explore entrepreneurship, but you don't have to do it alone. When you are ready to move on with customized support, our staff will work along side you.

Included in your entrance fee of $250 is

  • 2 private business brainstorming sessions.

  • Intensive email or text support for 3 months.

  • Guidance through the FastTrac New Venture business training program.

  • Opportunity to promote in group marketing activities.

  • Book your classes and events in our space at a great rate with no risk.

 

Application Requirements


Successful entrepreneurs aren't risk takers, they are researchers. A feasibility study will help you think through the critical components of your business quickly so that you can make good business decisions. It will also provide us a starting point for determining how to support you and help your business grow. Download the application.


Startup Class

We require that all of our applicants take at least a three hour basic startup class. Kansas City has a wealth of startup classes available. Below are a few of our favorites and why. 

 

FAstTrac New Venture at umkc SBTDC

Don't let your business be a risk. Stack the deck in your favor by taking this class. This five week class features the proven FastTrac New Venture curriculum, facilitated in it's most powerful format; in person and with featured speakers. The in person format encourages participants to continue moving through the process of writing their business plan while in class. 

Startup Classes at UMKC SBTDC

Ideally, these classes should be taken together. The first class goes over the business basics and the second reviews the parts of a business plan. Although most businesses don't complete a full business plan, working through a business plan process will increase your chances of succeeding at business. 

  • First Steps to Starting a Business

  • The Basics of Writing a Business Plan

 

SCORE starting a business series

SCORE is an amazing organization. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. Our local branch offers a five part starting a business series. 

  • Startup Basics

  • Business Concepts

  • Marketing

  • Financial Statement Basics

  • Funding Sources

 

KCSourceLInk

KCSourceLink connects 240+ business-building organizations across the 18-county bistate metro. Through KCSourceLink, thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners are able to gain access to the right resource at the right time to start, grow and accelerate their businesses. Their calendar is full of great startup classes and programs. 


Marketing Basics

To be successful, all businesses need their marketing affairs in order before they start doing business. We require the following;

  • Logo-You will need both a high and low resolution logo.

  • Website- Launching a website is easier than ever and it establishes credibility with potential customers. Simple is okay, but having something clean and usable is a must. View your website from the view of your customer. What kind of information do your customers need from you to do business with you? Answer this question an launching your website will be easier than you think. Feel free to reach out if you need support!

  • Supporting Materials- Every business owner needs marketing materials to hand out. Either a business card or flyer is a must. Both items are preferred. One is required.

As you work through the process of developing your business plan, creating your marketing materials will be easy and natural. As you hone in on your target customer and understand what they need, creating marketing materials that speak to them and move them to action will be easier than it seems. We are here to help you through the process. 


Business Legalities

Legally forming your business is exciting and easy. All businesses are required to have the following in place before you can operate your business at SymbioBiz. 

  • Legal entity

  • Local business licensing

  • Insurance