Fresh Ideas for Real Entrepreneurs (FIRE)
The concept is simple, and that’s why it works so well: identify a real need of a regional entrepreneur, articulate that need in a simple message, and design a one-line objective with a hard deadline. If you meet the objective by the deadline, you’re paid a success bonus. Meet the Reh Center’s Fire Dept.
Students in the Fire Dept. gain valuable experience, and entrepreneurs get great support quickly. In spring 2011 alone, the Fire Dept. successfully completed 18 projects for small business owners served by the Reh Center.