Grow Clinton launches business lab to support entrepreneurs

CLINTON, Iowa – Grow Clinton members now have a new tool to launch, manage and grow their business – the Grow Clinton Business Lab.

The new lab provides various high-quality business support services that entrepreneurs, including new and established businesses, can access at no cost. All services from the Grow Clinton Business Lab are delivered remotely via video conferencing, making it easy to use these resources to grow your business.

“If you’re in business, you need an opportunity to share ideas and solicit feedback,” said Andy Sokolovich, president and CEO of Grow Clinton. “Whether it’s identifying your target market, drawing a business plan, or changing your hours of operation, no action should be taken without seeking input from a reliable and trusted source. The Grow Clinton Business Lab is that source. Plus, it is free to our members and their teams.”

As part of the EntreFuel program, powered by Grow Clinton, the Business Lab is designed to provide tools and solutions that quickly and effectively help businesses achieve their goals. Services include: startup, business management, succession plan coaching, website evaluations, website design, peer-learning opportunities, and access to curated workshops and podcast libraries.

Local businesses can access the Grow Clinton Business Lab 24/7 and take advantage of the available services remotely, from anywhere, using this link.

The new Grow Clinton Business Lab is possible thanks to a partnership with Rural Ideas Network. This national nonprofit organization collaborates with rural communities and economic development organizations to provide entrepreneurs with robust services.

Executive leader Jordan DeGree said: “At the Rural Ideas Network, we’re seeing a growing number of rural communities across the country refocus their economic development efforts on supporting the entrepreneurs who are already within their communities. This ‘grow your own’ approach to economic development makes a lot of sense when you consider that small businesses generate more than 50% of jobs in this country. We’re thrilled to help the Greater Clinton Region support local business owners.”

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