StartUp Center to Serve Area Nonprofit Organizations, Entrepreneurs
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 19, 2011) – The University of Central Missouri and the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center have joined forces to provide a variety of resources for area not-for-profit organizations through a not-for-profit incubator, the StartUp Center.
A ribbon cutting is planned for 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at the facility located at 117 Hunt St., Warrensburg. UCM President Chuck Ambrose will offer remarks regarding the StartUp Center and assist in the ribbon-cutting. The public is invited to attend.
The Startup Center, 117 Hunt St.
The chamber is collaborating with UCM’s Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise program to provide an environment that will nurture the success of new not-for-profit organizations, as well as entrepreneurial ventures by recent graduates of UCM’s Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise program. Unlike most incubators that cater to new for-profit business ventures, the StartUp Center will provide training, resources and office space to nurture organizations engaged in social and sustainable ventures.
According to Mary McCord, professor of management in UCM’s Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, the opening of the StartUp Center marks the beginning of a new collaboration between Warrensburg charities, the chamber and UCM. UCM is providing the building and renovation funds to make the facility ADA accessible, while the chamber and local businesses have provided a wheelchair ramp and painting supplies, and volunteers from UCM painted and cleaned.
The StartUp Center has space for four offices, a conference room, reception area, and storage rooms. Furniture, computers, copier and access to UCM’s online grant database are some of the resources offered to incubated ventures.
Training in the facility will include workshops and “Lunch and Learn” seminars, focusing on social entrepreneurship and not-for-profit issues. Anticipated workshops for October include “Fundraising through Social Media” and “Training on Social Media,” facilitated by chamber staff; “Press Releases and Event Marketing,” hosted by the Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal staff, and “Building Relationships” by Bob Vickers, owner of Artful Asking.
“We’re excited to offer this facility and its resources to both not-for-profit and student entrepreneurs,” McCord said. “The StartUp Center hopes to empower Warrensburg’s network of not-for-profit organizations by maximizing their resources and increasing their ability to sustain themselves.”
“With Dr. McCord’s leadership and collaboration with the chamber, StartUp Center serves as a model for the impact our students and social enterprise ventures can have on the community,” said Roger Best, dean of the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies. “The StartUp Center demonstrates the power of partnerships in making a difference in the lives of citizens of the state, whether through jobs created by these enterprises, or through the services provided by them.”