We're Here for You - A Preview of What's to Come!
Exciting changes to our programs and services
In the spring of 2013, an abandoned former poultry processing plant reopened its doors. The space had been completely reimagined as the efactory – a business incubator and resource hub designed to help entrepreneurs and innovators start, scale and transform companies in southwest Missouri. It started with an idea, a dream and imagining “What if…”
Today we’re nearly eight years into our mission. We’ve helped founders launch new companies, create jobs, and build their dream right here in Springfield. An important part of our work is helping clients scale – and in recent years we’ve been working hard to scale our own operations. This work has allowed us to grow both our facility’s physical footprint and our regional reach beyond our front doors.
We’ve positioned our services to help more businesses than ever through strategic partnerships and collaboration. We’ve completed successful expansion projects on our second floor to house more incubator clients and will soon finish the third-floor expansion, making way for more virtual, hybrid and in-person programs.
When we opened our doors, we brought over the expertise of the Management Development Institute (MDI) and the Missouri Small Business Development Center at MSU as part of our business support suite of programs (formerly housed at the College of Business).
As we enter the new year, we’ve made changes to our program structure that will allow us to be more efficient and effective than ever. Our programs operate largely “off budget” from Missouri State University. Like every other business, COVID gave us an opportunity to look at our business model and reimagine the future. We decided we can’t use the same lean staff to effectively serve four programs and will be retiring the MDI brand. We will still be offering innovative workforce development solutions under the Missouri SBDC at MSU and efactory brands. We will continue to support our region’s needs, including individual training programs, certificate programs, and custom solutions. While the brand will be different, the quality expert-led educational programming will remain.
These changes to our program structure aren’t the only adjustments we have planned for the new year. We know leaders across organizations of all sizes will need continued support and resources as we move beyond COVID-19. We’re looking forward to sharing additional announcements soon about how we plan to help our region’s businesses become even more resilient and dynamic.
We’re excited to be entering 2021 with more alignment, purpose, and clarity than ever before. We hope you’ll join us. Community is who we are. Forward is where we’re going.