Nonprofit Helps Chassis Maker Build Business

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February 25, 2013 by   Comments Off on Nonprofit Helps Chassis Maker Build Business

It’s one thing to build a chassis. But it’s quite another to build a chassis manufacturing company.

According to a report in the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal, entrepreneur wannabe Robert Frost knew how to do the former, but he wanted to do the latter. So Frost turned to business experts, including Elevate Ventures Inc., for advice.

The result: Kendallville-based Wolfpack Chassis LLC is launching a production line to manufacture chassis, the supporting frames for recreational vehicles and manufactured homes.

Frost, Wolfpack’s president and CEO, said the company might never have gotten off the ground without guidance – and greenbacks – from Elevate Ventures, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit.

“As a startup business, there are a lot of distractions that can cause you to lose sight of your target,” Frost said. “But our partnership with Elevate has allowed us to stay focused on doing what we do best, which is building quality chassis and adding value for customers.”

Created in 2011, Elevate Ventures manages $80 million for the state, including more than $34 million in federal funds received under the State Small Business Credit Initiative.

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