EXCLUSIVE: HCDC launches county’s Office of Innovation and Creativity

Story excerpt provided by Cincinnati Business Courier. Written by Steve Watkins.

Economic development and business incubator operator HCDC Inc. has launched an Office of Innovation + Creativity program with funding from Hamilton County.

The program aims to provide support for fast-growing companies in the second stage of development, Karla Boldery, HCDC’s innovation services director who heads up the new office, told me. It’s aiming to serve companies that have topped $1 million in annual revenue, have as much as $50 million in revenue and employ 10 to 100 people. That segment doesn’t get much help now, Boldery said, based on recent research.

“Once they hit that $1 million mark, it’s a pretty lonely landscape,” Boldery said. “We found that we’re a very strong region for supporting startups, but we found the biggest gap was in providing support to these second-stage companies.

Click here to read the complete article. Originally published May 24, 2018.

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