What We Do

We Create Environments for Business Growth & Workforce Development

In order to build the best Ada, every sector has to work together. Through partnerships with local organizations, we’re able to provide support in the following areas:

Rural Innovation

Startup Ada Bootcamp

This program helps entrepreneurs go from idea to pitching potential investors in just six weeks.

The Big Pitch

Our pitch competition gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their business ideas before a panel of experts. The best pitches win cash prizes to help bring their idea to fruition.

Build to Scale

Tech Ecosystem Development and Culture Building

We support tech-based entrepreneurship through events, networking, media, and community leadership roundtables.

Technology Accelerator

Our signature 12-week, cohort-based program is designed to help early stage companies get to market, connect with mentors, and pitch to investors.

Investor Outreach & Support

We work hard to recruit, inform, and engage investors in our region. We provide support through workshops on non-equity sources of capital, including federal SIBR/STTR programs.


Local Business Growth

Business Retention & Expansion

We work closely with local companies to grow and create new quality jobs. Through on-site visits, surveys, and partnerships – we can help remove barriers to growth.

Workforce Development Strategy

Growing Ada means addressing the critical need for quality talent in Manufacturing, Healthcare, IT, and STEM fields. To do that, we build career pathways between private employers, education services, and community partners.

Economic Research Analyses

We’re committed to helping local businesses and one unique way is to conduct economic, labor, and market research analyses. We comb through public and private data as well as conduct local employment and wage surveys.

Local Incentives

We help expanding companies through two unique incentives designed to cover net, new jobs, and new capital or infrastructure expenses over the course of 5 years.

Community Development

Business Improvement Grant (BIG)

In order to support local businesses, enhance the historic character of Ada, and create investments for the future – we provide a matching $5,000 grant for structural improvements in the downtown and Main Street area of Ada.

Community Housing & Neighborhood Initiative

Currently in the planning and research phase, our aim is to improve Ada’s neighborhoods and housing through public and private investment, community engagement, and placemaking.

Community Development Research & Technical Assistance

We support community members, stakeholders, and local government through planning-related research and assistance in the following areas:

  • Housing condition surveys
  • Walkability audits
  • Small-area plans
  • Site development feasibility analyses
  • Infrastructure impact assessments


Let’s Grow Ada Together