Regional Entrepreneurship Center

You’ve got a start-up Business or an Entrepreneurial Venture idea. We’ve got mentors, entrepreneurial knowledge and the facility to make something amazing. So let’s team up! It’s time to make some new business magic!

Become a true entrepreneur with the Life.Changing. Regional Entrepreneurship Center at Indian Hills Community College!

Reception Area


Do you own a start-up or early-stage enterprise with less than five years under your new company’s belt? Do you have a product or service that fits our mission?

Is your enterprise located in the Indian Hills region, or do you plan to move it to the Indian Hills region?


If you answered yes to all of those questions, we want you!

Find your new mentor, pick your classes and hold on to your business plan. It’s time to make some new business magic! You know it’s going to be Life.Changing.


Mission Statement

Our mission is to have a measurable, positive impact on economic growth in the 10-county Indian Hills region by incubating start-up and early-stage companies, both in the Regional Entrepreneurship Center and in community-based centers.


We partnered up to bring you a Life.Changing. experience!

  • U.S. Economic Development Administration
  • Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation
  • Rotary Club of Ottumwa
  • Wapello County Board of Supervisors

 

The Regional Entrepreneurship Center offers tons of services to all start-up businesses in the region!

  • Business Basics
  • Business Training Programs
  • Connections to College/Corporate Partners
  • Financial Management
  • Identifying Potential Capital/Finance Sources
  • Legal Assistance
  • Marketing
  • Mentoring/Coaching
  • Networking Activities
  • Product Research and Development

But that’s not all. You can take entrepreneurial training classes at the Regional Entrepreneurship Center too!


Entrepreneurial Training Courses at the Regional Entrepreneurship Center

Are you ready to turn your ideas into a real-life entrepreneurial venture? We are! So what are you waiting for? Pick a class – or a bunch of them – and let’s get started!

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Creativity
  • Customer Service
  • Employee Benefits
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Managing Employees
  • Market Research
  • Pricing
  • Purchasing
  • QuickBooksTM
  • Recruiting Talent
  • Retaining Talent
  • Sales
  • Social Media
  • Strategic Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Taxes
  • Team Building
  • Time Management
  • Using your Business Plan

Hold on to your business plan and keep all hands and feet inside the car, it’s going to be a Life.Changing. ride!


Ready to Apply? Here's what you need!

To become a client at the Regional Entrepreneurship Center, just submit your application and business plan. The business plan is a document that describes all aspects of your business. It is a critical component of any successful business. Don’t have a business plan yet? Our Small Business Development Center director can help you craft one.

All required documents below are available at the Regional Entrepreneurship Center.

R.E.C. Application Form R.E.C. Policies & Procedures
R.E.C. Client Handbook R.E.C. Mentoring Handbook

 

 
Where can you find us?

REC BlueprintCome check out our 10,000-square-foot business incubator! We’ve got tons of rentable space, including: a reception area, kitchen and break room, training room, conference space, offices, and we’ve even got load bays for equipment or product loading and shipping.

Whatever your start-up or early-stage business needs, we’ve got it. We’ll even create the space you need if it isn’t already constructed. So what are you waiting for? We’re ready for you!

Regional Entrepreneurship Center
15330 Truman St.
Ottumwa, IA 52501

 

 

Business Front

Business Front

Conference Room

Conference Room

Manufacturing Area

Manufacturing Area

Office Area

Office Area
 

Questions? Ask a member of the Regional Entrepreneurship Management Team!

 

heller_profileTJ Heller, Director, Economic Advancement, Incubation & Entrepreneurship
Indian Hills Community College

Phone: (641) 683-5188 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5188
Email: TJ.Heller@indianhills.edu 

 

 

TJ Heller is the REC facility director and team leader. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance-real estate from the University of Northern Iowa. In addition to serving as Director of Economic Advancement, Incubation and Entrepreneurship at Indian Hills, he owns Heller Development Inc., a commercial real-estate development company.   Heller has over 18 years of entrepreneurial experience in QSR franchising and commercial real estate.

 

ziegler_profileBryan Ziegler, Regional Economic Advancement Director
Indian Hills Community College

Phone: (641) 683-5127 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5127
Email: Bryan.Ziegler@IndianHills.edu

 

 


Bryan Ziegler is the director of the Small Business Development Center at Indian Hills. He earned his MBA from Western Illinois University, and he has nearly 30 years of experience serving as the Small Business Development Center Director.