The Ottumwa Courier

October 14, 2013

Minding your business

By MARK NEWMAN
Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — Starting a business can bring growth to a community. So it's worthwhile to the community to support new companies.

One idea for helping a business get off the ground is the Indian Hills Regional Business Incubator.

"It's for new and emerging businesses," said Jim Lindenmayer, president of Indian Hills Community College. "It could be several small businesses or one [medium] business."

The program, which has its formal groundbreaking this month, will benefit entrepreneurs in the IHCC 10-county service area. In addition to providing a physical place for businesses to start and grow at a reduced rent, startups will have access to resources.

"Free consulting from the Small Businesses Development Center and from the Indian Hills Rural Entrepreneurship and Leadership Institute," listed Lindenmayer. "Those people will provide expertise. Anything the new business needs in the area of training [for] workers, the state provides training dollars through a state program."

He called the project a partnership between local organizations, the county, the college and the federal government.

Eventually, organizers say, businesses will "graduate" from the incubation program, locate in the region and strengthen our local economy.

"That's our goal," said Lindenmayer. "We're trying to help entrepreneurs start a business and bring some jobs to our area."

The groundbreaking ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 25 at the IHCC North Campus near the airport. The new incubator is across from Ottumwa Job Corps, next to the IowaWorks office on Truman Avenue. Please RSVP at 641-683-5170

— To view reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, check out @couriermark