Start-up Incubator

We offer a comprehensive, two-year start-up incubator program

The program successfully launches and continually supports community start-ups.

Through education, resources, coaching, and peer support, we offer a holistic approach to entrepreneur development that will create new opportunities for multi-generational wealth.

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How it Works

Year 1

  • Kick-off/Leadership & Goal Setting Workshop
  • Business Plan development (value proposition)
  • Mentor Matching Event
  • Customer Discovery workshop
  • Logo development/website/branding
  • Storytelling & Positioning Workshop  
  • Goals Groups (peer-to-peer support) 
  • Legal /Insurance Workshop
  • Customer Acquisition Workshop #1
  • Accounting/bookkeeping Workshop
  • Funding & Microloan Workshop
  • Digital Content Strategy Workshop & Coaching
  • Tradeshows/Networking/PR Workshop
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Business Plan/Entity Formed

Customer Discovery

Product/service prototypes testing & refined

Marketing plan refined & funding explored

Launch (revenue intake)

Year 2

  • Customer Acquistion #2
  • Business plan updates
  • Marketing plan updates
  • Funding advice
  • Continued mentoring/coaching
  • Additional speakers/events
  • Educational opportunities
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Other Opportunities & Services provided (no charge)

  • Incubator showcase (prizes/awards/etc.)
  • WCC pitch competition
  • Logo & website design
  • Book group (two books per year)
  • Assess to Experts & Entrepreneur in Residence consultations
  • Holiday party & other social events
  • Ongoing coaching
  • Discounted copy services
  • Guest speakers
  • Co-working space with Mac design computers
  • Access to WCC student talent
  • Bi-weekly newsletter
  • Business cards
  • Headshots for Linkedin & media

Who Can Apply

Future and current business owners ready to move forward with their new ventures.


How and When to Apply?

We offer three opportunities to join our cohort each year. Cohorts start in March, June, and October.

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Apply Date Range Cohort
Oct 1, 2023 - Feb 15, 2024 MARCH Cohort 2024A
March 1, 2024 - May 15, 2024 JUNE Cohort 2024B
June 1, 2024 - Sept 15, 2024 OCTOBER Cohort 2024C
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Media

WDIV-TV

The Sun Times News (Dexter/Chelsea/Saline)


Please reach out to MariAnn Apley ([email protected]) if you have additional questions.

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