A married couple in Sitka, Alaska recently founded Startup Sitka and is launching a business incubator this month. The couple wants to spur entrepreneurship and innovation. Possible programs include “a shared workspace, seed funding, mentoring, business training programs and more for people interested in starting their own businesses in the community.”
A business owner in Lawton, Iowa has transformed a unique hobby into part of his auto business. Healey Works, an auto restoration company owned by Craig Hillinger, now has an Emergency Vehicle Center arm that does maintenance work on fire department rigs. It’s a big help to rural fire departments, which typically have limited equipment that they need available, not in a shop a hundred miles away. The business will even do on-site repairs when needed. Hillinger is a volunteer firefighter and has enjoyed working on fire vehicles for years.
The White House Rural Council (WHRC) recently announced a workshop series to help rural small businesses be more comfortable with international sales. In this particular series, U.S. Postal Service experts help rural businesses use online tools for global shipping.