Reflection: EDC Business and Community Partners in 2016

Reflection: EDC Business and Community Partners in 2016

by Christine Zika

Looking back at 2016, the St. Charles County EDC Business and Community Partners crunched the numbers and found it was a really good year!
We exceeded our goals financing new entrepreneurs and businesses in St. Charles County through our lending programs. It might feel like an uncertain time, but our entrepreneurs here are bullish about the future and the local economy.

Our incubator programs—OPO Startups and the EDC Incubator—provided more services and resources to entrepreneurs than we even anticipated.
In addition, the incubators saw several graduations of businesses into commercial spaces.
Momentum started building for automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing specific incubators—which could make St. Charles County a national economic hub for these job-creating industries.

As we look forward to 2017, we see a continuation of growing our local economy by assisting more business through financing, SBDC assistance as well as other types of resources. We plan to ACHIEVE IN 2017!