AUBURN, Ala. — Last week, stakeholders in the entrepreneurial support community gathered to discuss ways to enrich and grow the ecosystem.
“The goal of this meeting was to bring together organizations that offer some type of service to our business owners or aspiring business owners in Lee County. The primary topic was the state of entrepreneurship resources in the area,” said Ayshia Green-Calloway, program manager of the New Venture Accelerator at Auburn University Harbert College of Business.
Representatives from Auburn Chamber of Commerce, Auburn Research and Technology Foundation, Auburn University (AU) Government and Economic Development Institute, AU Harbert College of Business, AU Lowder Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Business, AU Office of Innovation Advancement & Commercialization, the City of Auburn, Derive Ventures, the Lee-Russell Council of Governments, the New Venture Accelerator, Redmont Advisory Group, Sabre Finance, SCORE and the Small Business Development Center were among those present.
“There are many valuable resources available to Auburn startups and small businesses. It is important for all of these entities to collaborate, communicate and refer to each other so that these enterprises can be best-served,” said Arndt Siepmann, deputy director of Economic Development for the City of Auburn.
Mentors, funding sources and subject matter experts are vital to startups. With the awarding of the new grant through the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the New Venture Accelerator and the City of Auburn want to bring all of these assets to the table. When the entrepreneurial support players are known and active, Auburn small businesses can be easily connected with what they need.