Regional Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Innovation

The Regional Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Innovation (RELI) Center is dedicated to promoting a more prosperous, dynamic, and sustainable economy by stimulating and supporting private and public entrepreneurship and leadership development.

The Regional Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Innovation Center provides numerous opportunities for individuals from many walks of life to develop entrepreneurship and leadership skills. Indian Hills Community College offers the following entrepreneurship and leadership development opportunities.


Indian Hills offers college credit courses, customized learning classes, camps, and specialized servicesthat are beneficial to those interested in entrepreneurship and leadership development. Among the credit courses taught at IHCC are: Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Studies, Managing the Entrepreneurial Venture and Leadership Development. Additional courses are also offered that would be beneficial to entrepreneurship endeavors.

The college provides customized learning courses and workshops throughout the year that are geared to entrepreneurship. They include: Foundation in Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Financial Management, Legal Environment of Business, Digital Publication Design, Risk Management, Managing a Growing Business, E-Commerce, Human Resource Management, Negotiating, Presenting Your Idea, and Cash Flow Management.

The Small Business Development Center provides assistance to existing business owners, as well as those looking to start a business.

Youth Entrepreneur Camps are beneficial in developing the business and community leaders of tomorrow.


Regional Entrepreneurship Center

The Regional Entrepreneurship Center (REC) is a full service entrepreneurial training center and business incubator.

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Business Incubation

Incubating Main Street

Incubating Main Street is a new initiative designed to help interested communities spur new business growth right in their own town or county. To participate a community must have a group of local citizens who are interested in overseeing the project. Indian Hills staff will collaborate with the group by offering assistance in the areas of strategic project planning and business recruitment/selection. Once the incubator is up and running, Indian Hills staff will continue to be available to offer support services to the business owners through the Small Business Development Center.

Integrated Incubation

The Advanced Technology Center has a wide variety of specialized equipment that may be utilized by citizens who are starting a new business. Interested citizens may apply to use IHCC equipment for personal use for up to one year. (An equipment usage fee will apply.) Due to space restrictions and student need, only equipment in certain program areas is available for use by the public. In order to join the integrated incubation program, a person must have a solid business idea, knowledge of the proper use of the equipment they wish to utilize, and a willingness to meet monthly with the Business Incubation Coordinator.



Razor’s Edge Leadership Series

The Razor’s Edge Leadership Series is geared toward young professionals who would like to learn more about what it means to be a leader in their organization or community, while networking with other young professionals from across the region. The Series typically runs from October through April. Participants meet once a month for four hours. Space is limited. Applicants must be nominated and sponsored by their employers. Self–employed applicants are also welcome to apply. 

To learn more information, please click on the link:  Razor's Edge

L.E.A.P. Academy

LEAP Academy Students

The L.E.A.P. (Leadership, Empowerment, Achievement, Progress) Academy was created in March, 2013 with the goal, “To inspire future leaders who care about the success of the 10–county region and to empower them with the knowledge that they can make a positive difference in what our region can achieve as we move forward.”

The academy is geared toward high school students. Learners enter the program in the spring semester of their junior year and continue through the fall semester of their senior year. The students meet at Indian Hills a total of six times, three times in the spring and three times in the fall. Over the course of the summer, students complete a service project in their community. Every school district in the Indian Hills 10–county region is eligible to send up to three students to participate in the program.

During their on–campus meetings, students engage in a variety of hands–on activities designed to help them develop their leadership skills in the following areas: team building, goal setting, ethics, creativity, communication, handling conflict, problem solving, servant leadership, and leading change.

This program would not be possible without the support of many generous sponsors.
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Who Could Benefit From RELI?

Many people can benefit from the services provided by Indian Hills Community College’s Regional Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Innovation Center. Prospective entrepreneurs, small business owners, not–for–profit organizations, civic organizations, and city and county government leaders are some of the people who could profit by utilizing the institute. Those who are preparing for public or business leadership positions, communities that want to develop their own leaders and instill an entrepreneurial spirit in their businesses and citizens, and school–age children should also explore the many opportunities offered through RELI.

RELI In Your Community

We invite you to make an appointment to visit with a RELI Coordinator on the Main Campus in Ottumwa. You may also arrange to meet with a RELI Coordinator when we visit your community.

Please call (641) 683-5227 to schedule an appointment. To find out when a RELI Coordinator will be in your community, please view the RELI Community Schedule

Startup Iowa Calendar

Keep up with events related to entrepreneurship and startups in Iowa with the Startup Iowa Calendar.


moyer_profileAshley Moyer, Executive Director, Continuing Education & Workforce Solutions
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5227 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5227