MACC Participates in Grow Mid-Missouri Project
Moberly Area Community College has joined a partnership to better assist individuals interested in launching new business ventures. The Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce along with the Small Business and Technology Development Center on the campus of Moberly Area Community College and Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation has joined forces to create a business development program called Grow Mid-Missouri.
The partnership was fashioned to better enable entrepreneurs to access all the resources needed in starting a new business.
Grow Mid-Missouri is a concept that was initiated by entrepreneurs in the Kansas City area that developed a program entitled EvisThrive. "The program has been successful in the Kansas City and Blue Springs area in starting new small business," said Dan Lobina, Director of the Small Business and Technology Center. "We are adopting this model and becoming the first in the nation to use these tools to service rural communities."
Individuals either currently operating a small business or having an idea for a new venture can access 24-hours a day tools to support their efforts online at a new all-inclusive web site that will launch soon.
“It’s basically like buying into a franchise for small business owners. The program gives them step-by-step guidance on how to start a business. It provides structure for the whole process as well as networking opportunities throughout the year. They have the chance to meet other entrepreneurs to share ideas, pitch to potential investors and meet with industry mentors,” explained Lobina.
The new partnership is actively searching for business partners within each of the communities in mid-Missouri who will serve as counselors, mentors and resources to participants in the program.
Individuals throughout mid-Missouri working to start new business ventures will have an opportunity to take advantages of the resources in the program. "Grow Mid-Missouri is about just that, growing mid-Missouri," said Lobina. "We are looking for partners in Boonville, Macon, Monroe City, Salisbury and throughout the Mid-Missouri area who are interested in being a part of this exciting new program as well as entrepreneurs looking to launch a new business."
If you would like more information on "Grow Mid-Missouri" you can contact the Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce office at 660-263-6070, Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation at 660-263-8811 or MACC Entrepreneur Center at 660-263-5865.