Business-Building Program Opens Palm Springs Campus
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CREATED May. 17, 2013
On Thursday night, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony in Palm Springs for a new campus that will help start-up businesses here in the valley.
The Coachella Valley Innovation Hub, or iHub, helps businesses with mentors, ideas and a place to start their business.
A cutting-edge company is now manufacturing their products in Palm Springs.
"It has just been a terrific experience for us, they have given us a lot of support, technically, mentoring, they gave us a place to stay," said EV Enterprises president, Bill Schlanger.
Bill's company started at the Innovation Hub, now they are moving into production at the new accelerator campus.
"They're growing so quickly, this has precipitated our move into the the accelerator park because they need more space, they're manufacturing products, they're hiring employees, they're doing all these things, ultimately with the goal to get them out into the market rate community," said Coachella Valley Economic Partnership CEO, Tom Flavin.
Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs and Cathedral City applied with the state to start a California Innovation Hub to attract new businesses and jobs.
"We were the very first client over at the other facility of the i-Hub, which is just the offices, and then we were the first to graduate over here at the accelerator campus," said Bill.
EV Enterprises makes the circuits on the battery for electric vehicles, but they also started making another product, because of the equipment they use for the circuits, they also now to help drill and make these wooden playsets.
Now that the campus is open, the iHub can have up to 40 companies in the program.
"Now that we get to expand the 15 into 40, it just gives us more economic opportunities, these are 21st century jobs, so it's the kind of jobs this community wants," said Flavin.
And Bill says he will keep those jobs here.
"The people in Palm Springs have been great, very supportive and we've gotten a lot of assistance and can't tell you how happy we are to be here," said Bill.
And EV Enterprises is preparing to graduate talking with College of the Desert about moving into their new technology campus.