By Megan Brake – This past summer, two William Jewell students, Shawn Davison and Kendall Stewart, had internships with The Independence Regional Ennovation Center in Independence, Missouri. The Ennovation Center is a business incubator that helps entrepreneurs start or grow their companies. Business incubators lend resources, services, and support to accelerate growth in any type of business. The Independence Regional Ennovation Center is a mixed use business incubator which focuses on three core areas for the development of new businesses: bio-tech, kitchen/culinary, and business & technology.
Internships at the Center allow students to learn firsthand about the company while providing hands-on experience working with Ennovation Center clients. Justin Shilling is a local business owner who currently uses The Ennovation Center as a resource. He is the president of Assurance Protection Services, LLC, which provides businesses with contractors and electricians for wiring low voltage systems and related cabling needs. The Ennovation Center is assisting Mr. Shilling to connect with valuable resources needed to cultivate the growth of his company. In collaboration with the Ennovation Center, students in Professor Kelli Schutte’s Human Resource Management class are creating strategies and plans for hiring, social networking, dealing with the new health care laws, and creating employee manuals.