Lyndon State College's Incubators Without Walls (IWOW) offers technical assistance to St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce member businesses.

The IWOW program has the capability to support small businesses with faculty-led student projects. It can provide assistance to businesses in any stage of growth with less than 50 employees and less than $1 million in revenue.

The coordinators of the program are particularly interested in manufacturing businesses, but are willing to look at any business with a need which meets the requirement of adding jobs to the regions.

Some of the services offered include:

â?¢ Accounting

â?¢ Operations: UPC set up service and code creation; SWOT analysis; operation and business process strategic planning; logistics and production planning; manufacturing facility layout and location analysis; capacity planning.

â?¢ Project management: inventory forecasting and loss analysis; Point of Sale system analysis; total quality management and lean production; make or buy decisions; outsourcing analysis; value and supply chain management.

â?¢ Computing: software development; system analysis and design; database Development and construction.

â?¢ Graphic design: logo creation and branding; rework/refinement of existing logo; label creation; marketing material layout; content generation; digital photography.

â?¢ Public Relations: press releases; content generation for rack cards, brochures, etc.; copy editing services; social media set-up and cultivation.

â?¢Marketing: market research and assessment; market analysis; market entry proposal; best prospects proposal; primary market research of local market.

IWOW hopes to support the Chambers' efforts in growing area businesses and the regional economy. These projects provide Lyndon students with valuable real world business experience and engage them in a productive and practical way. By allowing students to utilize what they have learned in the classroom, they are active participants in solving real world business problems, a priceless experience that will give them a leg up in today's competitive business arena.

For more information, contact Ann Nygard, director, ann.nygard@lyndonstate.edu; or Christina Cotnoir, assistant director, Christina.cotnoir@lyndonstate.edu., or call Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, 802-626-6747.

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