updated: 12/17/2010 7:42:58 AM

New Entrepreneurship Initiative Launched in Lafayette

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Intersection Connection, a collaboration among nine community organizations on the Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette campus, has formed a new branch. Incubicity Network aims to develop resources to foster the region's next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. In February, the Incubicity Network will offer a 13-week entrepreneurship class.

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December 16, 2010

News Release

Lafayette, Ind. – Three announcements were made at a news conference on Thursday, December 16, by representatives of Intersection Connection, a collaboration among nine community organizations that is working to co-locate complementary youth development, higher education, financial literacy, and health and wellness services on the Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette campus.

The first announcement was the formation of the Incubicity Network under Intersection Connection, the second that Incubicity is launching a survey to determine regional interest in entrepreneurship, and the third that Incubicity is debuting an evening course for those wishing to launch or grow their own businesses.

Incubicity Network formed

“The acronym TEAM—which stands for ‘together everyone achieves more’ aptly describes the Incubicity Network,” said Joseph Seaman, president and chief executive officer of Greater Lafayette Commerce, a network member.

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“Formed in 2010 as one branch of Intersection Connection, the Incubicity Network is a north central Indiana collaboration of numerous groups who are working together to pool and develop resources needed to foster our region’s next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs,” Seaman said. “Our initiatives include increasing educational opportunities, expanding business support services, building and sustaining entrepreneur networks, and globalizing markets for regional businesses.”

Incubicity members come from Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.

Incubicity members include Greater Lafayette Commerce, Hoosier Heartland Small Business Development Center, Ivy Tech Community College, Junior Achievement, Purdue Center for Regional Development, Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), Tecumseh Area Partnership/Work One, individual entrepreneurs and area economic development offices.

Survey under way

To help the Incubicity Network better understand and fulfill entrepreneurship interest and needs, community members throughout the region are asked to complete an online survey available at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com between now and January 15. It includes about 60 questions and takes less than 15 minutes.

Those completing the survey and providing contact information will be eligible for a drawing of appreciation awards that include an iPad and subscriptions to entrepreneurship publications.

Entrepreneurship class begins in February

In February the Incubicity Network will offer its first educational opportunity, a 13-week course that will meet Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. from February 8 through May 3, at the Ivy Tech Corporate Learning Center, 823 Park East Blvd., in Lafayette.

“This practical, hands-on business development course helps entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs hone the skills to create, manage and grow a successful business,” said Craig Lamb, executive director of workforce and economic development and Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette.

Course topics are exploring entrepreneurship, focusing your business concept, planning your product/service and linking with resources. “It’s appropriate for those who may or may not have a business idea; those currently in business and looking to expand or innovate, or those exploring becoming an entrepreneur,” Lamb said.

Source: Intersection Connection

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