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Start Your Business with Ignite Quad Cities

Some of the world’s best brands started in the founder’s garage. Through perseverance and vision, in spite of all obstacles, those entrepreneurs turned their ideas into a thriving business. Ignite Quad Cities, a program of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, is here to connect you to resources, a network, and a community of like-minded individuals as you work to launch your startup.

Ignite Quad Cities is for micro-enterprises, small businesses, innovators, and venture companies. Resources include technical assistance, access to capital, networks of like-minded individuals, and community partners. Working in coordination with our partners – the Quad Cities SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) Chapter and the Illinois Small Business Development Center and Iowa Small Business Development Center – we help entrepreneurs in all stages and sizes.

Here are top ten things you can do to start your business:

  1. “Like” Ignite Quad Cities on Facebook for all news, events and happenings entrepreneur in the Quad Cities region.
  2. Download or access the online Ignite Quad Cities Entrepreneurial Resource Guide to understand our region’s resources for any stage of your business:  concept, formation, growth, maturity or reinvention.
  3. Join an Ignite Quad Cities Meetup group to meet other entrepreneurs, mentors, innovators all fueling, supporting and guiding our entrepreneurial culture, all FREE to attend: Ignite Quad Cities Entrepreneurs Meetup and Quad Cities Open Coffee.
  4. Go through Quad Cities Venture School to validate the market and understand the best business model for your idea.  In six short weeks, with the assistance of mentors, you’ll use the lean startup methodology to de-risk starting your business. Can't do it right now? Get smart about the lean startup principals and process so you don’t waste time.
  5. Set up a FREE consultation and develop a relationship with your Small Business Development Center representative.  They will be especially helpful as you prepare to get funding. Illinois – Jim Boyd at Illinois SBDC, WIU & Iowa – Joel Youngs at Iowa SBDC, EICC.
  6. Check out Quad Cities SCORE FREE online webinars and workshops to help you with the organization and planning of your business. AND, develop a relationship with a SCORE mentor who can help provide advisement along your startup journey.
  7. If you think you a product or process you need to protect, utilize the Patent & Trademark Resource Center at the Davenport Public Library for FREE to do an initial search to see if there are any patents/trademarks that already exist for your idea.
  8. Subscribe to Entrepreneur Daily and Innovation Daily – absolutely invaluable information!
  9. Need a professional for a particular service/product?  Use the online Chamber member business directory to connect with expert businesses.
  10. Have a question?  Just ask!

The Quad Cities Chamber is here to help you through your startup journey. Contact us and we'll help you navigate the resource options and connect you to the people who can ignite and fuel your business success.

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