West Des Moines Business Incubator greatly appreciates the wonderful comments we have received from out current and former tenants.
“Tremendous encouragement and support from the incubator staff. They work very hard to get companies the exposure they need early on. My company has been featured in the Des Moines Register, Business Record, Award Nominations, and Local TV Interviews because of the incubator staff’s efforts.”
-Doug Wilson | President, eVizzit
“All of [the relationships with the other clients] have been so beneficial! They all still help mall the time and they always try to include me in anything they think I would enjoy.”
“I expected less than what I got. Everyone and everything is amazing. My expectations were more than met.”
-Emily Meng | Business Relations, Gophermods
“Your genuine outreach, true caring and customer service-driven approach made it possible. In fact, Three Razors grew faster and more effectively during my time at the Incubator than at any other point in our nearly 4-year history. ”
-Todd Razor | Founder, Three Razors Media
“The West Des Moines Business Incubator has helped me in starting the right business, and has kept my business growing. Attending the Lunch & Learn Thursdays and B.I.N.G Sweat Equity Saturday’s has grown my network and help strengthened my business.”
-Kurt Poorman | Founder, Tallawah Works and MyDrinkNation.com
“You may recall that I run a small nonprofit organization in Des Moines called Forest Ave Outreach. While my organization is not part of the WDM Business Incubator, I have spent time there while helping with the Oh Ball in winter 2014-15. I attended several of the BING events as well as some of the Sweat Equity Saturdays. Equally important, was the time that individuals from other businesses within the incubator spent with me. I was able to ask questions & bounce ideas off people without ever feeling that I was a bother or wasting someone’s time.
In my time there, I was so impressed by the strong entrepreneurial spirit in the office, I developed a program to train youth to start and run their own business. I wrote a proposal for a grant while I was in the incubator and received input from several incubator tenants. We received the grant and launched the Forest Ave Outreach Youth Entrepreneur Training Pilot Program June 1, 2015. The program has proven to be a great success. This past Monday WHO TV 13 News did an article on this program. I have included a link to the article below. The first business to launch from that pilot program, “Liberty Lawn Service” is now co-owned and co-operated by three 14 year old Des Moines youth!
I’m writing to you because I want to share how the West Des Moines Business Incubator impacted me, my organization, our programming, and most of all, the youth we work with. The inspiration for this program was born out of my time there. We have changed the vision and direction of our organization based on the success of the Youth Entrepreneur Training Program. The model for running my non-profit is no longer to sustain it via donations, rather to generate income from business created with the youth. This model allows me to spend valuable time teaching and training youth that, otherwise, would have be used to ‘fund raise’.
In summary, I want to say thank you to everyone in the West Des Moines Business Incubator. You have been instrumental in my journey to developing Forest Ave Outreach, the Youth Entrepreneur Training Program, and a new funding model.
–Ralph Chiodo III | Founder, Forest Avenue Outreach