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IDEAS INTO BUSINESS: EDC to expand program

September 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will launch a new phase of its entrepreneurial program later this month.

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, which will be an aspect of the EDC’s Small Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative (SBEI), is a combination of online and in-person sessions focused on fundamental concepts of turning ideas into businesses.

“This series fills an important gap in our SBEI programming by preparing participants to think like entrepreneurs,” said SBEI program manager Bruce Stach, “We are pleased with the response we have received so far from individuals involved in companies of many different sizes and stages of business.”

The eight-week program will start Wednesday. It will be facilitated by Ivy Tech Instructor Jim Tolbert. The program is based on Clifton Talbert’s book “Who Owns the Ice House?” and features modern-day examples of individuals who have triumphed over hardship and adversity by embracing an entrepreneurial mind-set.

EDC President Alan Tio said these sessions over the next eight weeks represent an important step for the SBEI program.

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