Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance Launched

October 22, 2013

Canton, OH – Nine Stark County organizations have joined forces to launch Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance, a working partnership to support development of entrepreneurial activity in Stark County.

The Alliance has launched a new website at starkentalliance.com.

The new program is designed to serve as a single point of entry for start-up, early-stage and small/medium size companies seeking assistance in their formation, growth and sustained viability. It will provide assistance in all aspects of creating and growing a business.

Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance is comprised of nine working partners: University of Mount Union, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce; JumpStart, Inc.; Small Business Development Center, Kent State University at Stark; Stark Development Board; Stark State College; Technology Accelerator Alliance (TA2); Walsh University and ystark.

Its ultimate objective is to create new employment opportunities and economic growth in the region.

"Stark County has a dynamic entrepreneurial community,” said Steve Paquette, president and CEO of Stark Development Board, one of the founding partners. “This has been demonstrated by an increase of educational programs and services in recent years to encourage and teach entrepreneurs.”

Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance is different than similar programs in the area in that it will assist more complex startups involving technology, capital investments and national or global sales opportunities.

The Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance will provide assistance to these companies in all aspects of creating and growing a business including, but not limited to, business consulting, recruiting management, financing, real estate, product innovation, mentoring and coaching, legal and accounting. A major focus of the Alliance is to create a virtual website where these companies, individuals and other institutions (local colleges and universities and their students) have the ability to access the Alliance, its partners and the resources available. 

The key part of the Alliance’s new website is the application form which serves as the initial connection to all of its services and funds. The application form captures the necessary information about the entrepreneur’s business and idea or concept and enables the alliance to assess which partners are the best fit to support the entrepreneur. 

The new website also includes a list of services for entrepreneurs, a calendar of educational programs and a news page with details on what’s happening at the Alliance and at its partner organizations.

Funding to help establish the new alliance was provided by Stark Community Foundation and AEP’s Local Economic Assistance Program (LEAP).

For more information, visit startentalliance.com.

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