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Venture Accelerator program

The EDC is launching the fifth cohort of the EDC Venture Accelerator program this June. The Venture Accelerator program is a 10-week intensive program of one-on-one coaching and mentoring from EDC Small Business Coach Steve Franks.


Nick Chambers is exploring how to grow this existing Columbia City venture to new heights.  AgCompass is a small, family-owned SaaS (Software as a Service) company primarily serving agribusinesses and CPA firms.  It runs software in the cloud for small businesses allowing owners/managers, accountants and bookkeepers to access their accounting software and data from anywhere on any device.

Bales Technology

John Bales is starting this Columbia City based technology service venture.  Bales Technology supports area businesses with their networking, server, and desktop needs as well as ongoing IT support through its Managed Services offering.

Lucky Duck

Trent Grable is starting this Columbia City venture to help people learn and succeed.  As he says, “Even without completing traditional educational pathways, people have the potential to direct their own learning and become experts in their field. Those who learn unconventionally can thrive in any environment they want if they choose to invest in their own education. We are encouraged to help driven people reach their potential.”

“These three companies all have the potential and ambition for high growth,” said Franks, ” I look forward to helping them develop their own individual plans to impact their markets and Whitley County in general.”