Solomon Valley Regional "Entrepreneurial Center"
Starting out as the Solomon Valley Regional Entrepreneurial Center, renamed the “Entrepreneurial Center” (EC) in 2005, but pleasantly called the “E-Center” by individuals utilizing it, this project was originally developed by PCED. Once the PCDCF (a local community foundation) was authorized by the IRS, the funding and operation of the E-center was run separately from the economic development office. The envisioned need to for the EC was to focus on creating an educational outreach and entrepreneurial catalyst in our region. Even in the early stages of this project, it became apparent to community leaders across the state that nothing like this had ever been created before in a rural setting. The center’s uniqueness comes from the many aspects that center brings together under one roof. These seven aspects are video conferencing, entrepreneurial curriculum, business incubator space, a mentoring program, a full time center director (facilitator), and networking.
Business planning is a critical step in starting a business today for two reasons. First, this process enables the entrepreneur to forecast and plan their business needs, direction, and future. Second, most businesses will need financial assistance to open their business. The busines enables them to actively sell their business as a profitable and viable business to probable investors, financial institutions, or support agencies.
The E-Center also tracks the needs of persons and businesses wanting unique education. Additional courses are being provided to help with workforce and development needs, such as: web-site development, basic computers, advanced computers, EBAY courses, QuickBooks, Excel software usage, and grant writing research. The E-Center is a tool that can be used by the residents and businesses in the area to advance them individually and improve the quality of their workforce.