OTTUMWA — Construction has begun on a project on the Indian Hills Community College North Campus that represents a unique partnership aiming to strengthen the economy in the college’s 10-county area.
A Regional Business Incubator, designed to serve entrepreneurs in this region, will provide a place for new and emerging businesses to grow by coordinating valuable support services, programs and resources for business owners. The goal is to have the businesses grow to a point where they will graduate from the incubation program and become successful in this area.
Indian Hills received valuable assistance in making this project a reality through its partners, the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, the Ottumwa Rotary Club, the United States Economic Development Administration and the Wapello County Board of Supervisors.
Clients located at the Business Incubator will be able to get counseling in areas such as accounting, business planning, marketing and tax requirements. They will also have access to an array of other targeted services, including help in applying for financing, developing a web presence and networking.
A formal groundbreaking ceremony for the Regional Business Incubator will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 25 at the IHCC North Campus, near the Ottumwa Airport. The site where the facility is being built is across from Ottumwa Job Corps, next to the IowaWorks office on Truman Avenue.