Developed through support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University of Missouri-Kansas City , U.S.SourceLink connects business development resources to each other and to a national network of best practices—all to help communities create jobs, accelerate business and strengthen local economies.
At U.S.SourceLink, our goals are to:
help regions across the United States create ecosystems that spark, support and sustain entrepreneurship.
provide valuable tools and ongoing consulting services to help those networks increase their visibility and value.
connect those regional, entrepreneurial ecosystems to a national network of best practices.
U.S.SourceLink was developed by and for economic development experts to help support entrepreneurs, small businesses and local economies. To date, we’ve connected more than 4,000 resource partners nationwide, in communities with populations ranging from 18,000 to several million.
Launched in 2003 in the Kansas City metro area, KCSourceLink was the first implementation of the U.S.SourceLink model, serving first as our pilot program and now, guinea pig. Since then, all our tools, products and services have been developed with the input and insight of business and economic development experts like you.
Because of our staff’s hands-on experience in building an entrepreneurial ecosystem from the ground up, we know what works, how to measure it and how to help you develop it.
Consulting Services: It’s the magic sauce that makes it all work. From asset mapping through implementation and beyond, we provide ongoing consulting to ensure your network’s success.
Tools: Our proprietary tools help you map your region’s resources, bridge gaps in services, track their impact and make them visible to the entrepreneurs who need them.
Best Practices: Through implementation guides, newsletters, webinars, and the U.S.SourceLink annual conference, we help you inspire, build and strengthen your network with the best and brightest ideas in economic development.
Every day, we are honored to help thousands of small businesses across the United States take yet another step toward success—and we’re flattered and thrilled that the hard work of our affiliated networks and their resource partners has been recognized by:
U.S. Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration
International Economic Development Council
American Chamber of Commerce Executives
University Economic Development Association