By Mayor Marsha McLean
The City of Santa Clarita has long been a place where innovative ideas are encouraged, and the future is developed. National and global corporations have set up offices and headquarters in the Santa Clarita Valley because our residents are highly skilled and help these organizations reach their full potential. At the same time, residents in Santa Clarita are known for entrepreneurship and creating new products and technologies that better connect society.
This entrepreneurial spirit, which is leading to increased efficiency for businesses, reduced waste and a smaller environmental impact, should be celebrated. The City does this through the award-winning Santa Clarita Business Incubator program, which supports creative and technology-focused companies by providing resources, specialized training and guidance, as they navigate the start-up stage and grow into a thriving business.
Each November, the City of Santa Clarita’s Business Incubator hosts a series of events in partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC), the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and College of the Canyons. These events, which include workshops for entrepreneurs, networking opportunities and presentations from various business leaders, are what make up Innovate SCV.
Innovate SCV, which will take place from Nov. 1-14, is the perfect opportunity for those who own a startup or have an idea that they want to turn into a business. Some Innovate SCV events and workshops held last year included sessions on how to pitch an idea to potential investors, how to develop a business model and explore the resources available from partner organizations to help your company get off the ground. As events are confirmed for this year, they will be posted online at InnovateSantaClarita.com.
There are wonderful success stories in Santa Clarita of tech startups leveraging emerging technologies to make names for themselves on the world stage. This includes Nuhubit Software Studios LLC, a Business Incubator graduate that developed “Bubbly Primes,” an entertaining game that teaches children critical math skills. It also includes AdVRtas, a Business Incubator tenant company maximizing the use of virtual reality to help companies deliver immersive experiences for consumers.
Since the Santa Clarita Business Incubator opened its doors five years ago, 24 new jobs have been created with the potential for many more. Three companies have graduated from the Business Incubator program, which includes a three-year residency in the Business Incubator. These companies have transitioned their operations into nearby locations, keeping these new high-quality jobs in Santa Clarita.
The Santa Clarita Business Incubator serves as a vital resource for entrepreneurs and startups in our valley. Partnerships with Poole and Shaffery LLP and Hedman Partners enables tenant companies to access free and discounted legal and financial services so they can focus on what’s most important: developing ideas and growing their business.
If you’ve ever wanted to start a new business or create the “next big thing” that could change the world, I encourage you to attend Innovate SCV events and explore all that the Santa Clarita Business Incubator has to offer. Please visit InnovateSantaClarita.com to learn more.