The Quad Cities Chamber Innovation Services are designed with one goal in mind: to help businesses grow. We offer a full menu of services to address business challenges and opportunities at all stages of the business life cycle.
Quad Cities Chamber Innovation Services Menu:
- Critical Talent Network
Through the Critical Talent Network, companies can access highly specialized, experienced professionals who will analyze business growth opportunities and challenges. Specialists in disciplines including accounting and auditing, advertising and public relations, business development, education, engineering, entrepreneurial development, factory management, financial and banking, green and renewable energy technologies, import/export international trade, information technology, management, manufacturing, procurement, research and development, software development and supply management are available through the Critical Talent Network.
Note: If you're looking for the Midwest Intellectual Property Management Institute, or the "IP Institute” you are at the right place! The IP Institute merged with the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce as of March 1, 2013 through a generous grant provided by the John Deere Foundation. The model now continues through the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce’s Innovation Services, a collection of services designed to help businesses succeed. If you are interested in participating in engagement opportunities as an expert for the Critical Talent Network, please visit talent.quadcitieschamber.com. If you would like to understand how any of Innovation Services’ resources might benefit your business, please contact Julie Forsythe at 309.373.3576, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Patent & Intellectual Property Guidance
Chamber innovation services staff will assist in identifying sources of revenue for product development and testing, providing patent and intellectual property guidance, and evaluating and licensing new technologies. We have access to market-ready patents from major corporations like Deere & Company and KONE Corporation. On a case-by-case basis, these companies will evaluate licensing their patents to non-competing organizations to develop new products or improve operations.
- Quad City Community Development Company, LLC
A consortium of local banks that offers gap financing in the form of seed capital and loans to start-up and growing businesses. Download the application here.
- Ignite Quad Cities Entrepreneurial Forum
Also referred to as iQ, this is a virtual space where small business owners, start-ups, entrepreneurs and inventors can collaborate, find local mentors, share experiences and advice, and pitch ideas to potential investors, all among their peers. iQ provides a structured path for new and growing businesses to increase profitability and add jobs. The program is expected to be up and running by summer 2013, and will create a space where entrepreneurs can connect 24/7 from anywhere in the world.
- Business Information for Growth (BIG)
Through BIG, businesses can access highly sophisticated, often cost-prohibitive market research databases such as Hoovers Plus, Acculeads, Plunkett Research and Reference USA, all at no cost. If you're looking to identify new markets, analyze market trends or conduct any other market research, BIG is the place to look.
- Networking and referrals
Chamber networking events continue to be a prime resource for connecting with new clients and peers. A Chance to Meet, for example, helps companies become part of a vendor list and supply chain or large businesses, and Morning Network and Business After-Hours provides the opportunity to stay informed of happenings within the business community and meet the people who are committed to growing their business.