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Incubator company aims to grow exports


By James T. Hammond
hammond@scbiznews.com
Published Oct. 31, 2012

Cherod Webber says he always had a “burning desire” to own a business, but he spent 17 years as an executive for BMW Manufacturing learning about managing manufacturing and acquiring other business skills before he was able to devote himself to being a full-time entrepreneur.

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Since May when he left BMW, he has devoted all his time and energy to growing Innovative Global Supply LLC, a distributor and exporter of vitamins, food supplements and fortified food products that targets emerging markets in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

IGS is the latest resident company at the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator on Laurel Street, and Webber said he found the support network of the business incubator, the city and its business leaders to be the ideal environment to nurture his young company.

In turn, the incubator’s board chairman, Don Tomlin, said IGS is exactly the sort of startup that the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator needs to build the region’s entrepreneurial culture.

“Soon we’ll have 100 entrepreneurs in this building, all engaged in building companies,” Tomlin said. “There’s a cadre of brains in this building, each company helps another. That really accelerates growth.”

Tomlin said Webber’s company will provide learning opportunities for graduate students in the business administration program at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business.

“It’s a win-win for everyone,” Tomlin said.

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