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(Beloit, WI) Excerpts Courtesy of the Beloit Daily News

The Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce was showing off its new home at Irontek, 601 Third St., on Monday.

Executive Director Tim Dutter said the Chamber’s new home will be a one-stop shop for businesses in Beloit. It will help foster entrepreneurship and support business development. The Chamber will be the “anchor” tenant of the new site, with several start-up companies to follow.

Hendrick Management President and CEO Rob Gerbitz explained how Irontek’s office space will be available for rent to companies as well as freelance workers. Irontek was the brainchild of Gerbitz as well as his colleague Isaac Bamgbose, an asset manager at Hendricks Commercial Properties.

“It’s a combination co-working space, an incubator and an accelerator,” Bamgbose said in an interview before the event.

Bamgbose explained there are three offices available for small start-up companies which can be rented on a monthly basis, as well as conference room space. In the middle of Irontek are about 40 individual spaces that freelance workers can rent.

The set-up, for example, could help those in insurance, information technology, marketing, graphic design, legal occupations and more. The space is designed so business people will be able to network and bounce ideas off of each other.

Gerbitz said the idea was born when other companies complained they couldn’t get enough engineers and computer programmers. The new space is hoped to attract such professionals.

Bamgbose added that area students, working with either startups located at Irontek or with companies such as Comply 365, AccuLynx or Fat Wallet, will have a dedicated space as well. Irontek, he said, will give students a great place to gain valuable work experience and network.

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