A Business Incubator Could Be Your Answer - Episode 59 with Doug Hunt

March 7, 2022

Check out Doug Hunt’s explanation of the Business Incubator concept. As Director of Entrepreneurship at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, he is growing an incubator for organizations from all walks of life.

I.  Business Incubator

    A.  Fosters entrepreneurship

    B.  Advanced training and technical center

          1.  Providing help to small businesses get to them to a level of success as quickly as possible

    C.  Cash solves everything in small businesses

          1.  Incubator mitigates as much risk and overhead as possible

               a.  No long term lease:  month to month

               b.  Small monthly space rental fees

               c.  Individual space, shared space, or hot desk

               d.  No other expenses

    D.  Fosters collaboration

           1.  Allows networking, many times with individuals/companies you wouldn't otherwise encounter

           2.  An ecosystem feeding one another

II.  Steps to being a successful entrepreneur

    A.  Find a mentor/s  

    B.  Find systems and processes that work for you  

    C.  Be willing to take constructive criticism

    D.  Have a business plan and follow it

    E.  Take advantage of resources available to you

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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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