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The Thurston Economic Development Council announced today the businesses selected for the first cohort of the ScaleUp Thurston program to begin early in 2016 at the Center for Business & Innovation in Lacey. This first cohort of ScaleUp Thurston kicks off on Thursday, January 7, 2016, with a celebratory gathering at 11 a.m. where co-workers, friends, and supporters are invited to meet the business owner participants and learn more about the ScaleUp Thurston program.
ScaleUp Thurston is funded through a federal contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Designed to help existing businesses ‘scale up’ to the next level of growth, the program will focus on supporting traditionally underserved business owners, including veterans, women, tribal members and minorities.
“We’re excited to work with these great emerging companies to accelerate their business success, create new jobs, and drive investment in our community,” said Celia Nightingale, Director of the Center for Business & Innovation. And according to Daryl Murrow, Business Growth Strategy Manager, “The cohort represents a great mix of industries, with a diverse array of ages, backgrounds and perspectives. That was exactly what we were looking for. I look forward to working with them during the 14-week program and beyond.”
The following companies were selected for the first ScaleUp Thurston cohort:
The ScaleUp training includes 10 classroom sessions of the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac GrowthVenture, one-on-one business counseling, exclusive networking events for the cohort and business leaders, facilitated connections to commercial lenders and potential private investors, and development of individualized custom growth plans for the businesses.