My home area of Effingham County, IL is a place rich in entrepreneurial history. There is evidence everywhere you look of companies and businesses started by local residents who started with little more than vision and passion.
They’ve grown to be businesses of all sizes, and serve a global customer base. It’s a pretty amazing thing, and students in our CEO program have the opportunity to meet dozens of these entrepreneurs. Many of the entrepreneurs talk about their early struggles with finding a “place” to do business.
It’s great to see our county take another bold step in support of entrepreneurs. Through the newly launched Effingham County Incubator Network, new and expanding businesses now have easy way to access professional office, retail and manufacturing space at a cost effective price.
Working with communities across Effingham and neighboring Jasper County, the ECIN has three separate spaces now available for individuals or business looking for new space. With locations in Altamont, Effingham and Dieterich (and coming soon – Newton), each location offers professional office space, meeting rooms, staff break areas and other amenities.
In addition, the Effingham space offers free internet broadband services to occupying tenants. Rental rates start as low as $50/month.
As I visit CEO classes around our network, I often hear “I wish I’d had something like this when I was younger!!!” I’m sure a lot of established entrepreneurs will say the same thing about the Effingham County Incubator Network. It’s a fabulous idea, and comes at just the right time.