Featured Success Story – ID Signsystems

Posted in Small Business, The Entrepreneurs Network

Katrina Beatty and Paul Dudley see signs wherever they look. Not the mystic kinds, of course, but rather physical signs that build brands and improve the total customer experience. As co-founders of ID Signsystems, they have created an internationally recognized design-build company specializing in signage and lighting for retail, healthcare, and institutional markets. Just look […]

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Featured Success Story – Eat Me Ice Cream

Posted in The Entrepreneurs Network

Ice cream is a tough category.  Competition is fierce. Grocery shelf space is limited.  Large brands dominate. That’s why Eat Me Ice Cream’s remarkable success over the last seven years is a true testimonial to savvy, resourceful, and persistent entrepreneurship. More importantly, founders Amber Odhner and Catelyn Augustine have demonstrated that scalable growth comes from […]

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Intro to Incentive Programs: Equipment Purchasing

Posted in Incentives & Programs, Small Business

In order to help businesses grow and expand in Monroe County, there are programs available for non-retail businesses purchasing equipment. GreatRate, GreatRebate and Monroe Manufacturing Rewards are administered by the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC). EquiPlus is offered in partnership between MCIDC and COMIDA. The GreatRate program offers businesses a rebate on interest paid […]

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Meet the Staff: Jean Kase

Posted in Meet the Staff, The Entrepreneurs Network

Name: Jean Kase Company Role: Executive Director, The Entrepreneurs Network TEN is an economic development program powered by COMIDA for tech startups and high-growth small businesses. Favorite quote: “Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.” Master Yoda Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?  Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers and […]

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Meet the Staff: Robin Finnerty

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Name: Robin Finnerty Company Role: Special Projects Manager Favorite quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky Your top 3 favorite podcasts/books? Any books by John Grisham What is something that the people you work with have to deal with that you want to fix?  I want to fix our […]

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Featured Success Story – Heart Health Intelligence

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Heart Health Intelligence is a medical device impact startup that will do well by doing good – for heart failure patients and for hospitals. Heart failure (HF) is a type of cardiovascular disease where the heart does not pump enough blood to supply the needs of the body. There are 1 million new cases of […]

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Workforce Development Drives the Monroe County Economy

Posted in Incentives & Programs

The Monroe County Workforce Development Division exists to stimulate the local economy by providing resources to those seeking employment, education and training services. Workforce Development allows Monroe County’s Economic Development Division to be more responsive to the needs of businesses looking to relocate and/or expand in Monroe County. Two of the programs that are used […]

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Featured Success Story: Health Care Originals

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Sharon Samjitsingh is asthmatic. This led her to ask a key question. Why hasn’t anyone invented an effective solution to manage chronic respiratory diseases when 10 million people die each year? Her search for an answer led her to cofound Health Care Originals Inc., an award-winning digital health startup, utilizing a combination of its own […]

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Meet the Staff: Rich Turner

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Name: Rich Turner Company Role: Workforce Development Manager Favorite quote: “Billionaires like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett – those guys can buy anything they want.  But the one thing they cannot buy is time. Time with their families, time with their loved ones.  And there’s nothing more valuable than that.” – Charles N. Turner (my father) […]

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Monroe County Small Business Week 2019

Posted in Small Business, The Entrepreneurs Network

COMIDA is pleased to recognize the small businesses of Monroe County during National Small Business Week May 5th to 11th, 2019. Small Business Week is an annual event created by the U.S. Small Business Administration held in recognition of the nation’s top small businesses and entrepreneurs as well as small business advocates and champions. Small […]

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