MacArthur said this program is based on the idea that economic development works best when it takes place across a variety of fronts.
“It can’t just be working with established businesses or those who want to start a business, but the next step is to prepare and train the young people to be a part of the economy here,” he said.
Tom Rubel, IHCC’s executive dean of regional economic advancement, said someone looking to start a small business can contact RELI for help seeking out a loan or crafting a business plan at no cost to the business owner.
Rubel said RELI also aids business owners who are facing tough times. For example, RELI can identify areas where the business owner could make improvements, such as creating a more effective website, then connect the business owner with someone at the college who has expertise in business websites.
MacArthur said he encourages people with business ideas to take advantage of the resources the college has to offer.
“There are so many people out there with so many ideas and there are a lot of resources available at the college that many people are not aware of,” he said.