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SALEM AND VALLEY PARTNERS LAUNCH START-UP BUSINESS INCUBATION PROGRAM

Friday, August 17, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristine Thomas
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LAUNCH Mid-Valley to provide programming and support for local businesses

 Do you have a business idea? Or are you looking to grow your business? Local entrepreneurs will soon benefit from a new program, LAUNCH Mid-Valley, to discuss their ideas, network, receive training, and formally pursue their business ideas. LAUNCH Mid-Valley’s offerings build on existing start-up resources offered locally by MERIT and the Chemeketa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and will also include education and events for individuals interested in investment opportunities.

LAUNCH Mid-Valley is a collaborative of regional partners working together to support and promote entrepreneurial activity in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Partners include SEDCOR, the Oregon Technology and Business Center, MERIT, Business Oregon, City of Dallas, City of Independence, Marion County, Polk County, Yamhill County, McMinnville Economic Development Partnership, City of Salem, and the Chemeketa SBDC.  The City of Salem is partnering with these organizations to broaden the resources available for Salem start-ups. 

The LAUNCH Mid-Valley incubation includes three years of start-up programming and support. Planned activities include:

  • Supporting entrepreneurs in entering Oregon Technology Business Center’s six-month Virtual Incubation Program (VIP) beginning Sept. 20 for a reduced fee of $79. https://www.virtualincubationprogram.com/vip/ . 
  • Pursuing funding to enhance start-up programming including additional virtual accelerator classes, continued Chemeketa SBDC programming, networking events, and opportunities for companies to compete for investment dollars.
  • Opportunities to expand investment offerings and expertise for Mid-Valley startups including programming, networking, and education.

For more information regarding LAUNCH Mid-Valley, please contact Annie Gorski, Economic Development Manager, at 503-540-2480 or agorski@cityofsalem.net or Chris Drobnicki, Project Coordinator, at 503-540-2435 or cdrobnicki@cityofsalem.net. Additional information can be obtained by calling 503-588-6178. Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6178.

 

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