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Young businesses find homes in innovation center

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staff, Gazette
April 13, 2013

— The Janesville Innovation Center has signed leases with its first two tenants.

Novak Networx is owned by Robert Novak III and is focused on information technology consulting, web design and spam filtering services.

That's Kinda Cool, a company that provides website templates for photographers and other boutique businesses, will move in later this month. It is owned by Andrea Rubash of Janesville.

Novak, also of Janesville, recently began his business in his home and decided the company needed additional space to grow. He said his business interests and client base are expanding and the center would be an ideal place to move his business.

"The JIC provides a professional environment to meet with clients, while also offering me access to technical and business support to assist in further growing my business in Janesville," he said.

Rubash has been a web and graphic designer since 1998. She began her website template business in her home two years ago.

The new innovation center, she said, will give her an opportunity to converse with other start-up businesses in the building.

"Sharing space with other creative start-up business owners is incredibly motivating," she said. "I look forward to developing my business using the expertise and technical assistance available to me through the JIC partnerships."

"The JIC offers a wonderful opportunity for businesses looking to get started in Janesville," said operations manager Mike Mathews. "We are pleased to have Novak Networx as our first tenant.

"We look forward to working with That's Kinda Cool on developing its business plan and connecting Andrea with business support to encourage her business to flourish and grow."



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