(Avoca) Several businesses and entrepreneurs have found success in an entrepreneurial program that is part of a project called Pottawattamie County HomeTown Competitiveness (HTC).
Lori Holste, Executive Director of Western Iowa Development Association, said HTC started about three years ago and they have four pillars in the program, one is entrepreneurialism. Holste said they felt that was a huge need in the area and so they advanced it by hiring Business Coach John Adams.
“John is able to come out and work with the businesses in their place of business or if they’re a start-up he can come to our office and sit down and work with them one-on-one and that service is free to them,” explained Holste. “We are excited that we have those services for our small businesses and it’s really helped the entrepreneurial spirit throughout southwest Iowa.”
Holste said they have worked with about 70 clients. She said some of the clients have progressed into an actual business, some are still working on their business plans, and some were already in business and wanted to grow their business further.
“It’s really been exciting because we know through this whole economy, ups and downs, the small business is what really is the backbone of our communities,” stated Holste.
Holste said they work primarily with entrepreneurs in Pottawattamie County, but she said any entrepreneur in the area can contact WIDA and they will help you find the right direction for your business and resources in your area. For more information call 800-293-4821 or visit www.wida.org.