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BUSINESS LABS

A plug & play solution that makes it easy and affordable for rural communities to offer robust support to local businesses.

WE POWER ECONOMIC GROWTH

We're partnering with rural communities across the country to power a robust set of business support solutions.

Let's amplify your efforts today.

POWERFUL SUPPORT SERVICES

STARTUP COACHING

Amplify your capacity to help new businesses launch! Your entrepreneurs get unlimited 1:1, on-demand coaching that helps them move from idea to open for business. Sure, we help them plan, but we also help them problem-solve and overcome the many obstacles that pop up along the way

MANAGEMENT COACHING

Unfortunately, most new ventures fail within the first five years. One-on-one business management coaching helps established businesses overcome common challenges, develop clear goals, and keep a laser focus on the things that actually matter. The result - stronger, more successful businesses.

PEER LEARNING

Rural business owners can feel lonely. Our roundtables expand their access to smart business owners from across the country. Roundtables help entrepreneurs tap into useful resources and critical knowledge. They also help reduce the “you don’t know what you don’t know” pitfall that can trip up businesses in small towns.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE

Do you have online sales experts in your community? What about programmers, social media specialists, or web design experts? Our panel discussions give your businesses direct access to expertise in all the right areas to spark growth. Help your small businesses become big businesses.

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50+

Partners across 5 states have launched Business Labs

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700k

Rural residents have access to services through a lab

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87%

of businesses we coach report positive growth

“The Business Lab helps us address a gap in our services and provides a cost effective solution to encourage the vitality of our local business community.”

 

Tim Dolan | County Commissioner Sherburne County, MN

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“Our new Business Lab will supplement the business services that already exist and increase our capacity to serve our local entrepreneurs.”

 

Justin Neppl | Southern Valley EDA 

Wahpeton, ND

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FREE MEMBERSHIP INCLUDED

All Business Lab partners also receive a complimentary Community Membership to the Rural Ideas Network - a $2,000 / year value! This membership gives you access to special perks like ecosystem development coaching and quarterly "In the Field" panel discussions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT DOES IT COST?

The cost of launching a Business Lab is determined by your service area population. See the program brochure for pricing >

WHO CAN LAUNCH A BUSINESS LAB?

We're powering Business Labs for chambers, economic development agencies, nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, and community governments - pretty much anyone who wants to provide more support to their local businesses.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LAUNCH A LAB?

We can have your Business Lab set up and live within a week. We understand the pace of business and want these supports to be available quickly once you decide to offer them.

DO YOU CHARGE MY LOCAL BUSINESSES?

No, once you partner with us to set up a Business Lab, all services provided through that lab are free to your area businesses.

ARE THERE SERVICE LIMITS?

No, your businesses receive unlimited access to Business Lab services. They get exactly what they need, whenever they need it.

 

HOW MUCH CAPACITY DO YOU HAVE?

Our capacity goal is to ensure any business can schedule a coaching session within 3 business days and we've been able to comfortably maintain that standard.

WHO ARE YOUR COACHES?

All ​of our coaches are successful entrepreneurs who can relate to your business owners and bring a fresh perspective to help them achieve their goals. We're always building our team's diversity so we can better serve your businesses.

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GET STARTED TODAY

Schedule a free chat with our program staff. We'll answer any questions you have and help you decide whether this program is a good fit.