Accelerate UP is a nonprofit organization that offers free and confidential business coaching within Marquette County. We are a group of over seventy volunteers from all over the county who care passionately about the success and sustainability of our region. We formed in order to assist entrepreneurs in creating, expanding, and maintaining their business ventures. We do this for the same reason that early pioneers helped their neighbors by barn raising – we know it will strengthen and sustain our communities.
Each member of the Accelerate UP Resource Team understands his or her role and duties because each has received board training, prior to joining the Team. A select number of the initial board also received more intensive training to further assist in project implementation. This training included how to effectively work with entrepreneurs, how to create an entrepreneurial environment, how to leverage various resources for entrepreneurs, and how to properly support the Enterprise Facilitator. As time goes on, the board continues to recruit and train new members.
The Accelerate UP Resource Team usually meets monthly. During the meetings, the Facilitator brings to the table specific hurdles that the clients are facing. The Resource Team meetings are spent brainstorming resources and possibilities so that clients will be able to successfully resolve an issue that been a roadblock in their plan. The Team also monitors the progress of the project through monthly reports from the Facilitator on client activities, including the number of new or expanded businesses, and new or retained jobs.
Our Enterprise Facilitator
Alex Kofsky, an Upper Peninsula native, is a strategically-minded individual ready to help entrepreneurs follow their passions and fulfill their dreams. He has worked and traveled through all corners of Marquette County and the U.P. during his time as a small business consultant, interim EDC director, business developer for a marketing firm, and co-restaurant owner.
“In the Upper Peninsula, we fight hard to make a living and create opportunities for our community. I believe we do this because of love and passion for our home,” said Alex of his career/community experience. In his role as Accelerate UP Facilitator, he looks forward to brainstorming solutions to both entrepreneurial problems and possibilities.
Off the clock, you will find Alex hiking, hunting, fishing, and traveling (weekend trips in the U.P.’s backyard and occasionally international for perspective).