Incubator Adds Companies, Announces Programs for Entrepreneurs
The CEP’s Power Plant Business Incubator is announcing the addition of several new Resident companies. The incubator, in existence since 2012, is a facility in downtown Ocala where entrepreneurs can temporarily locate their new businesses and receive a host of resources and connections. Resident companies must meet entrance criteria including being innovative, scalable, and open to coaching/mentorship.
The incubator currently has 13 companies in industries including software, mobile application development, biotech, virtual/ augmented reality, media, 3D printing, medical device and more.
Elistars – Bharat Patel, Founder
Convenience store business management and back office software that sets business on cruise control and makes managing a store a breeze. www.elistars.com
Tell Them I’m Gone, Inc. – Susan Fowler, Founder
An online platform created to “Leave Nothing Unsaid.” It's a place to leave love letters, messages, secrets, anything you can think of for loved-ones which will be delivered once you have passed-away. www.tellthemimgone.com
BluGrown Aquaponics – Will Young & Tony Herrera, Founders
The Blugrown Discovery System is an indoor garden/aquaponics system ready-to-go out of the box. Also incorporating the latest in robotics, it’s a place to learn about your food and how it grows. www.blugrown.com
MediRides Transport Corporation – Toykia & K. Spellman, Founders
A new and innovative non-emergency transport company, which has begun residency at the Incubator’s Ocala Health Center for Health Services Innovation. firstname.lastname@example.org
New Programs & Other Announcements:
1 Million Cups Ocala – A free event called 1 Million Cups Ocala is open to the public. Each week, two entrepreneurs in the community tell our audience what business ideas they are considering, or what companies they are in the process of starting. The community then brainstorms with each entrepreneur, discovering resources and connections to help them grow. For more information and to see videos of our past presenters visit www.1MillionCups.com/Ocala
FastTrac -- The Power Plant Business Incubator is now an Affiliate of the Kauffman FastTrac program. Kauffman FastTrac equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and peer networks necessary to start and grow successful businesses. Via the FastTrac website, entrepreneurs can take online courses to acquire basic business knowledge. A series of local, in-person courses will soon be offered as well. More information at https://learn.fasttrac.org/affiliates/power-plant-business-incubator
Hispanic Business Workshop – A FREE workshop for Hispanic small business owners will be offered on Friday, March 9, 2018 from Noon until 1pm at the CEP; 310 SE 3rd St. Ocala. Erick Isaac, Vice President for Prospera, will present the workshop in Spanish. Lunch will be provided, but attendees must RSVP as seating is limited. Visit www.hispanicbusiness.eventbrite.com
Florida Angel Nexus – Ocala Chapter – The Florida Angel Nexus, a state-wide network of angel investors, will hold the next meeting of their Ocala chapter in March. Those who are interested in attending to learn about angel investment and see startup companies present should contact 352-629-8051 x 125. Companies interested in applying to present should visit https://www.floridaangelnexus.co/entrepreneur/
iNBIA – Ryan Lilly, VP of Business Creation at the CEP and Power Plant Business Incubator, has been selected as a panelist speaker at the upcoming 32nd International Conference on Business Incubation in Dallas, TX. Lilly will join fellow panelists from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe in discussing ways communities can better serve entrepreneurs.
Free Tours & Presentations – Staff from the Power Plant Business Incubator provides regular free tours of the facility, for groups up to 45 people. Group tours are often paired with presentations on entrepreneurship and local success stories. A speaker is also available for group gatherings, civic organizations, etc. Contact 352-629-8051 for more details.
The Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership was created to be a one-stop hub for the community’s business attraction, creation and retention efforts. The CEP’s mission is to be THE catalyst for a prosperous community. The Moving Forward plan seeks to impact the creation of 4500 new jobs with wages 15% above the county average and resulting in a capital investment of $400 million by 2022. For more information, visit: www.OcalaCEP.com