As Network Builder for both U.S. and KCSourceLink, Maria Meyers is an expert in finding business development resources and matching businesses to the resources they need to grow. Maria joined the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) as KCSourceLink’s first director in June 2003. Under her leadership, she established a resource network that now connects entrepreneurs with more than 240 business building organizations throughout the entire Kansas City region. The model is now being used in cities and states across the country as part of the larger U.S.SourceLink network. In addition to her role as Network Builder, Maria also serves as the director for the UMKC Innovation Center. From whiteboard to boardroom, the Center supports thousands of community members every year in starting and growing businesses through counseling, training and access to the resources a business owner needs to succeed.