MASON CITY, IA - David Collins, executive director of the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission, brought a group of interested parties from the northwest Minnesota town of Park Rapids to tour the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) facilities and sought in-depth information on the wide menu of business services the center provides. This marks one of a dozen such groups to seek counsel on NIACC JPEC business services.
The Minnesota group began their own efforts to start an entrepreneurial center and wanted to draw on the vast experience from the North Iowa based staff. Two JPEC clients and business owners were invited in for lunch for a roundtable discussion on their experiences and paths to success through the NIACC JPEC. Shannon Latham, of Latham Hi-Tech Hybrids, LLC, and Alan Powell, from Jendro Sanitation, shared their business success stories and answered questions after the presentation. FastTrac® staff instructor Rich Petersen also attended the meeting to help answer questions about implementation of that program.
The delegation from Minnesota included Cris Valdez, provost, and Dan Eischens, manufacturing and technology product director, from Minnesota State Community & Technical College. They were also interested in beginning an Entrepreneur for a Day course and are considering purchasing the licensed curriculum from the NIACC JPEC Center.