Business incubator seeks to make a difference

By Denise Jackson

October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 9:11 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A business network has now moved into Peoria, and seeks to create jobs and reinvest money back into the South town community.

Impact HUB is an international network of business incubators.

In eight years, the global collaboration has created more than 400 new businesses with more than 1,500 jobs around the world.

Former Maui Jim financial officer Tim Krueger said Peoria is now part of a half dozen cities in the U.S. creating Impact Hubs.

The former Blaine Sumner School will be its new home.

"We want to create a workspace that invites people to come in and get their creative juices going. We've got something great to work with, this school was built in 1927," Krueger said.

"Everybody has dreams, everybody has a vision, ideas, creativity and that's what the Hub's about making dreams come to life," said Impact HUB Community Outreach Coordinator Sherry Cannon.

The group is kicking off a capital campaign to raise money to renovate the building.

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