What is the ICE Box?

The Estill County Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (ICE) Box is a business incubator located in downtown Irvine, Kentucky.  Our mission simply put: We want to grow the economy in Estill County by helping to create more locally owned businesses that are sustainable, supply jobs, and build a network of business owners helping one another to be successful.

What does it provide?

Aspiring entrepreneurs are provided affordable office space, electricity, water and Wi-Fi access for one low monthly rate.  They also have access to regular educational opportunities and business support from professionals and experts in small business development.100_5372.JPG

Is it right for me?

While setting up your business, your chance of success can be greatly improved by working within a business incubator.  Do you need help working on your business plan?  Do you need assistance with securing financing?  Do you need help in getting your product to market?  Our partners can assist you with all these questions.  On the other side of the coin, being in a business incubator brings with it certain committments.  You must be willing to attend monthly review meetings with an advisory team to help keep you on track.  You must be willing to listen to advice and take constructive criticism from our support team of professionals.  And, you must be willing to make your business the best it can be. A spot in the ICE Box is not just cheap office space; it is a supportive place in which your business can grow and you can grow as an entrepreneur.  Just like an egg in an incubator, get it?  

The ICE Box will provide office space for 5 entrepreneurs, a large conference room for meetings, and internet connectivity. If you would like to start a business in Estill County, but don't have the money to move into a larger space, the ICE box could be for you. Space is also available for Kentucky Teleworks members. Workshops will be held at the ICE box on a regular basis, and will be open to existing business owners. If you are an existing business owner in Estill County, and want training or would like to volunteer to help mentor a new business, we would love to talk to you as well. 

A business incubator is a program that provides low-cost office space, coaching, and training to assist individuals that want to start a business but may not have enough money to move right into a large retail or other space. If you are just looking for cheap office space, the incubator is NOT for you. If you are looking for guidance on developing your business plan, are willing to be coached, and want to test your idea on the market before investing your savings or seeking capital investment (loans or an investor), then the ICE box IS for you. Studies show that businesses that begin in an incubation program are far more likely to succeed and remain in business longer.

Who are the partners on the ICE Box?

The ICE box partners: Estill Development Alliance (EDA), Estill County Chamber of Commerce, Estill County, Center for Economic Development Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET) at EKU, EKU Small Business Development Center, EKU Business and Technology Accelerator Program (BTAP), and the Innovation and Commercialization Center at EKU (ICC).100_5369.JPG

What's the catch?

There's no catch.  If you're interested in learning more about the ICE Box, call Estill Development Alliance Director Joe Crawford at (606) 723-2450 or shoot him an email via the form below, and he'll be happy to talk with you about the possibilities.  Thanks for checking us out!


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Register for the Jump Start Academy!  

Have you always wanted to know how to start your own business, be your own boss, and learn how to be SUCCESSFUL? This is your chance!  For just the cost of your workbook ($25.00), you can be part of a world-class entrepreneurial training program, right here in Irvine!  The class will cover topics such as which structure your business should take, how to finance your start-up, marketing your business, all the resources available to help you, and so much more!  The class will take place over 7 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, beginning September 18th at the ICE Box at 177 Broadway in Irvine.  Upon completion of all 7 sessions, you will earn a certificate and be well on your way to getting your business started.  Also, you will be eligible for placement in the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (ICEbox) to keep your costs low and give you access to a ton of resources to help you get moving!  If you are interested, please fill out the form below.  You are welcome to pay by credit or debit card using the "Buy Now" link below the form.  Hurry and claim your spot now.  Class size is VERY LIMITED! 


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Below was the press release for our grand opening

It is well known that small business is the engine that will run our country's economic recovery and growth. Based on this idea, we invite you to join us in celebrating entrepreneurship with the opening of a new and lasting venture in Estill County:  the ICE Box!  The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (ICE) Box is a business incubator in Irvine, Kentucky with space to house 5 new ventures and supply them with everything they need to get their businesses started on the right foot. Our ribbon cutting and grand opening will be held at 12 noon, Friday June 15, 2012.  The ICE Box is located at our office, 177 Broadway in downtown Irvine, in the former location of Estill County 911 dispatch/Emergency Operations Center. Refreshments will be served and we sincerely hope you will join us in celebrating this great event for Estill County.  We ask that you RSVP to the EKU Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship & Technology (CEDET) at (859) 622-2334 or so we may plan for the event.