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Growth Accelerator Move-In Specials

Jim Correll, director Fab Lab ICC at Independence Community College, Independence Kansas 

We are ready to begin looking for tenants for the Entrepreneurs Bullpen at Fab Lab ICC. The Bullpen is a collaborative space where entrepreneurs and small business owners can work on their individual businesses while in an environment of collaboration and sharing of ideas. In the “olden” days, a few years ago, we called this kind of space a business incubator. Today, we still do at times as the business incubator term is familiar to more people. There are all kinds of names being used in the cities for this kind of space; collaborative work space, innovation hub, etc. In baseball, the bullpen is where pitchers warm up and prepare to enter the game. In our Lab, the bullpen is a place where entrepreneurs can warm up and prepare to enter the marketplace. We also have the Fab Lab connected to the Bullpen so that prototyping or production of promotional signs and materials is easily available. 

Access to the Bullpen is available to Fab Lab members when they sign up for our Growth Accelerator Program (GAP.) The GAP is a set of tools designed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners grow their businesses. Participation in GAP incurs no other cost except the Fab Lab membership ($125 per year) and although it includes access to the Bullpen, business owners can take advantage of the GAP services even if they don’t need a permanent space in the Bullpen. 

In the Bullpen, we’ll have four modular office suites available for those that wish to come in and have their offices all set up and waiting for them to sit down and work on their businesses. The “Move-In Special” is no rent charge for the first 6 months, then $10 per month for an additional 6 months. After the first year, rent increases incrementally. At any time the tenant has their permanent place of business ready, they can vacate, making the space available for the next entrepreneur. In addition to these suites, there will be plenty of work stations for those GAP participants that just want to have a place to put their stuff while they are working in the Bullpen or other areas of the Lab. There won’t be any rent charge for this Bullpen access. If a GAP participant needs to have a place to consult with clients or conduct meetings we can accommodate. 

The Growth Accelerator Program (GAP) includes business services besides Fab Lab and Bullpen access. These services include: 

Business coaching by me and other members of Fab Lab staff. 

Fabrication and patent coaching by Doug Misch, former owner of Misch 4 x 4 Products. 

Fab Advisorvirtual tool to facilitate customized and personal collaboration and mentoring through a secure, private virtual forum. We help each GAP client develop their individually selected team of advisors that can be located anywhere. 

Fab Lab Marketplace, an online store within our web domain to promote the business and eventually sell products. 

Discount of 15% on materials and supplies purchased from Fab Lab ICC. 

Montgomery County E-Community services in cooperation with Network Kansas, including Gap Financing, Destination Boot Camp, Economic Gardening. 

The Growth Accelerator Program and Entrepreneurs Bullpen are works in process and we’ll be working, as we add clients, to make sure we are offering the services needed to help business start-ups and existing businesses grow. We’re eager to engage our first tenants taking advantage of our “Move-In Specials.” 

Jim Correll is the director of Fab Lab ICC at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on the campus of Independence Community College. He can be reached at (620) 252-5349, by email at jcorrell@indycc.edu or Twitter @jimcorrellks.  


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