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Sundown Rundown planning events for Inc@8000

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Inc@8000, New Albany's business incubator, is contracting with Sundown Rundown, a Columbus nonprofit organization, to operate monthly events and brainstorming sessions.

Paul Proffitt, founder of Sundown Rundown, said the company will schedule monthly meetings at Inc@8000, 8000 Walton Parkway, on topics that can benefit new and small businesses.

Proffitt said events will focus on a different issue each month, from meetings with attorneys on the legal side of a business to a presentation by COSI on thinking creatively.

Another monthly event, to be held the second Thursday of each month at a local restaurant, will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to pitch ideas to other professionals, he said.

The most recent, held March 13 at the Winding Hollow Golf and Event Center, was attended by 20 people who received feedback on their ideas.

Proffitt said people get five minutes to pitch their ideas and the professionals give five minutes of feedback.

"It helps them take the next step in their business," Proffitt said. "It's up to them to make that connection (and move the idea forward)."

Proffitt said Sundown Rundown tries to bring people together who can turn ideas into profitable businesses, something that follows the organization's business model.

Sundown Rundown's website says the organization is "a community-based group that organizes events to bring entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and talent to talk, bounce ideas off of each other and maybe, just maybe, team up and make something happen in the business community."

The next idea session will be at 6 p.m. April 10 at Winding Hollow Golf and Event Center, 6140 Babbitt Road in New Albany.

Another piece of the organization's work with Inc@8000 is a monthly open house at the business incubator, which, Proffitt said, allows community members to see what businesses people are trying to start.

The next open house will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27.

Jennifer Chrysler, New Albany's community development director, said Sundown Rundown is being paid $15,000 in 2014.

The city pays for Inc@8000 through its economic-development fund. Inc@8000 also earns rent from its small-business startups based at 8000 Walton Parkway.

The city leases 7,600 square feet of the Walton Parkway building's second floor for $1 a year from the New Albany Co. The three-year lease includes an annual $6.50-per-square-foot maintenance fee.

Startup companies can lease space at Inc@8000, which provides wireless Internet, telephones, a conference room and office space.

Neil Collins, a New Albany resident who owns Results Marketing, is the facility manager.

Chrysler said Collins "is responsible for the day-to-day operations at the facility, business coaching and helping to create a pipeline of technology companies."

Collins is earning $15,000 for his work in 2014.

He replaced Tom Guy, who managed the facility through February.

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