Posts for the Business Division

When our Logo was an Acorn

Flashback to fall 2006, where what would become the Research and Business Development Center (RBDC) was the Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center (EIEC), which would later be coined the E  Center. We had 7 interns, no previous projects, and a mission to improve the economy in Eastern Idaho.

Our logo also had an acorn then that symbolized our large aspirations. One day this little acorn that would become a giant oak tree, just like our small center would grow.

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Original E Center logo  (2006)                                   E Center logo  (2010)                                     RBDC logo (2015)

 

Flash forward almost ten years and numerous changes have occurred. Names have changed, programs have been added and expertise have been expanded. As of today the RBDC has completed over 700 projects for 300+ clients with the help of over 500 interns. These research and business development projects have help owners grow their ideas into sustainable profitable businesses, such as Gorgeous Garage and Kate’s Real Food.

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Learn more about Gorgeous Garage here.

 

Check out Kate's here

Check out Kate’s here

 

In November we hosted the Entrepreneurs’ Platform, a tri-annual event that provides a setting for promising entrepreneurs, business owners, and mentors a setting to make connections and link to needed resources.

Every time I help with this event I can’t help but think about our little center almost 10 years ago and the many changes that we have went through. This leads me to look forward to the adventure that lies ahead for our promising entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneurs’ Platform was held November 17th 2015 at the Eastern Idaho Technical College. To learn more about the Platform and future events contact us at info@RBDCenter.org

 

Spring 2015 Entrepreneurs Platform

Entrepreneurs’ Platform

Giving local businesses an opportunity to connect to resources and potential partnerships

Hosted by the Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center (E Center) and Founder’s Forum, the Entrepreneurs’ Platform provides an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to present their business plans to professionals and to be linked to needed resources and potential partnerships. The Entrepreneurs’ Platform brings together local entrepreneurs, professionals and community leaders to learn about new businesses and ideas, expand professional networks, and help grow the economy. Audience members can support the Platform presenters by offering resources including expertise, contacts, etc. after their presentations. The Platform will be held on Tuesday, June 23rd at Eastern Idaho Technical College Alexander Creek Building room 541 in Idaho Falls, Idaho from 12-1:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

The E Center, a non-profit, seeks to grow the economy through building a network of local students, government leaders and business professionals to provide value-added business consulting across Eastern Idaho.

Each of the businesses presenting is seeking mentoring and resources to continue to grow. The presenters this June include the following:

Landon Walker: owner of Local Almond Milk, which produces local almond and cashew milk.

Joseph Cammack: Co-starter of ArmsReach, a bedside organizer. This product started at Eastern Idaho’s Start-up Weekend last October.

Coulton Woods and Stephan Larson: Starts of FiXD, which provides insurance for cell phones and tablets.

The June 2015 Platform event is sponsored by the Idaho National Lab and Eastern Idaho Technical College.

For further information on the Entrepreneurs’ Platform contact Megan Luthy at 208.356.5009

 

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Student Profile: Chris Luong

Chris Luong’s completed an internship with the business division of the RBDC as an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University-Idaho to gain hands on experience. Chris completed two hands-on immersive research projects, one for an international retail company and one for the mining industry. These projects required Chris to determine innovative solutions, create synergy within his team and practice effective project management principles. Chris now works as a business analyst – global internal audit at Walmart.

Client Profile: Arczap

Arczap is a web based communication and collaboration tool that was in need of user feedback and additional resources to move their business forward.Through key synergistic relationships the RBDC provide ArcZap with over 600-survey responses and 3 focus groups from their target market along with key information to help make value added data driven decisions. ArcZap is currently preparing to apply for their first round of angel investing.