Battle Creek Unlimited Partners with Factotem to Develop Virtual Business Incubator to Accelerate Economic Growth

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Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU), a business development and funding group, started a partnership with Factotem, a business accelerator and design-build firm. Together, they are building a virtual business incubator. The incubator will provide a comprehensive array of tools, links, resource contacts, and information that will help entrepreneurs commercialize their ideas and accelerate that process by bringing the right people and resources together in a virtual environment.

There has been a lot of discussion between the City and BCU about creating a 'start-up friendly' business environment in our city

Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU), a business development and funding group, is announcing a partnership that will help start-up businesses in southwestern Michigan to get up and running.

BCU in partnership with Factotem, a business accelerator and design-build firm, will build a virtual business incubator. The incubator will provide a comprehensive array of tools, links, resource contacts and information that will help entrepreneurs commercialize their ideas and accelerate that process by bringing the right people and resources together in a virtual environment.

"There has been a lot of discussion between the City and BCU about creating a 'start-up friendly' business environment in our city," said Battle Creek Mayor Mark Behnke. "BCU and bcVentures have created a great deal of activity among technology-based businesses with an interest in Battle Creek, and I applaud them for providing these new cutting-edge services and tools to help us develop more technology jobs in our community."

Part of this effort also includes finding business experts, professors, entrepreneurs and others to act as advisors, mentors and coaches for these start-up businesses. BCU is seeking seasoned professionals with experience in finance, law, business, marketing, human resources and other business-related fields to participate on its Advisory Board and serve as resources for these start-up businesses.

Under the new partnership, BCU will provide the content, information resources and start-up business expertise, while Factotem will provide the web-enabled capabilities and environment that will bring the information to life. The virtual business incubator will be launched in the first half of 2009.

"BCU's virtual business incubator will provide Battle Creek with a scalable online resource that enables and leverages local expertise and talent to facilitate and accelerate entrepreneurial growth," said Factotem Project Manager Joey Silvian.

The Factotem Team has led business incubator and acceleration projects for Ann Arbor SPARK, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Great Lakes Entrepreneur Quest, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's Twenty-First Century Jobs Fund.

About Battle Creek Unlimited and bcVentures
Battle Creek Unlimited is the economic development organization that works with the City of Battle Creek to transform and diversify the Battle Creek economy, in part through developing Fort Custer Industrial Park. BcVentures is the group within Battle Creek Unlimited that focuses on accelerating development of technology businesses and is Battle Creek's start up company resource. BcVentures' expertise resides in computer software and services, aviation, e-learning and nutrition. From Funding sources to Federal, State and Local resources, BcVentures helps new and existing companies achieve their business goals. For more information, visit http://www.bcunlimited.org.

About Factotem
Factotem is an agile business accelerator and design-build firm, with a global reach and reputation for commercializing new products and ventures. The firm applies best practices and deep industry knowledge to project engagements in Financial Services, Homeland Security, IT and Marketing Development. The firm develops online content and strategies for its creation, purpose, management, and strategic usage.

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