Jump starting the area economy is the focus of another new business incubator in the Riverbend. One group we recently covered is concentrating on food service, retail and art, while another is focusing on service-oriented businesses such as medical billing, counseling and insurance needs. There is currently room for a few more start-ups in the program, located at the former unemployment office in Alton.
LaVerne Jackson heads the RURO (Reaching Up Reaching Out) Small Business Incubator. She says they offer office space at a reasonable rent, complete with wireless Internet. Of special interest is the possibility of helping Veterans return to the workforce.
She says this will hopefully boost long-term community stability, with the thought that the businesses will be handed down through the generations. She says this will, in theory, keep the knowledge capital stay in the Alton area, rather than having young educated adults having to relocate in order to make a living. For more information, follow the link http://launchbiznow.com/
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