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Chamber partners with local groups in hopes of helping businesses, start-ups through 'Accelerate Mitchell'

“If you have an idea for a business that’s “ready to launch” sign-up for this training,” Van Zee said.

The 601 N. Main St. building that's home to the Mitchell Area Development Corporation and Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce. (Sam Fosness / Republic)
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A new resource called Accelerate Mitchell is being launched in hopes of supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs.

The Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Mitchell Technical College, Dakota Wesleyan University and Mitchell Main Street and Beyond for a no-cost, 10-session program, named “Co.Starters,” to begin in May and run through July.

Laura Klock, co-owner of Farm Life Creamery near Ethan and Ryan Van Zee, Business Professor at Mitchell Technical College, will be the facilitators for the training.

“If you have an idea for a business that’s “ready to launch” sign-up for this training,” Van Zee said. “It will be an intense 10-weeks of learning, taking action and discovery.”

Co.Starters, according to the chamber, “helps turn ideas into action and action into a sustainable business.” The lone requirement is that a participant must have a concept that is ready to test and be willing to work on that concept.


The Small Business Administration has provided funding for the training. Enrollment is open at the Mitchell Chamber’s website . The first meeting is from 4 to 7 p.m. on May 17.

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