Today, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and the WKU Small Business Accelerator welcomed Red Rock Business Advisors to the community. Company and elected officials gathered at the Center for Research and Development to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the space, representing an investment of up to $100,000 in 2014.
“I'm very excited to expand our company and services into Bowling Green and the South Central Kentucky region,” stated Chad Davis, Partner. “Having grown up in the region and as a graduate of WKU, I know first-hand the wealth of talent and resources in this community, and I have no doubts that the growth and expansion of the region and Red Rock will complement one another.”
Red Rock Business Advisors, located in Leesburg, Virginia, is a full-service business advisory firm. They provide strategic IT, financial, and operational consulting service to government, small business and individual clients.
They have been recognized by a host of national publications for their success and continued growth. The company has been featured on Washington Technology Fast 50 for two years running, moving from the 35th spot in 2013 to the 24th spot in 2014. They were also named as one of the Top 5 Emerging Small Businesses on the SmartCEO Future 50 and was featured on the Inc500 national list.
“We are very excited to welcome Red Rock to the community,” stated Chamber Board Vice Chairman, Mark Iverson. “Innovation is the heart beat of a community growing at the incredible rate that Bowling Green is. And it’s companies like Red Rock that bring inventive and creative ideas to the businesses here and allow them to be a step ahead of the trends in their industries. We are grateful for their investment in our region and we are looking forward to helping Red Rock grow. We anticipate big things from them.”
The company has experienced explosive growth, nearly 10-fold from 2011 to 2013. With strong ties to the Bowling Green community and WKU, their location at the Center for Research and Development seemed like the only logical next move.
“I have a strong passion to give back to the community that gave me so much. I'm also very passionate about WKU and believe, strongly, that it's one of the finest universities in the world. Having strong ties to WKU, I felt we could expand our services here to partner with the university, students, graduates, and community to help our company grow,” stated Davis.
Through their Research, Development and Technology Innovation Center, Red Rock plans to engage their technical staff to develop cutting edge technologies and services that will enhance their ability to serve current and future customers.
“Small businesses are the fastest growing segment in American commerce,” stated Jeff Hook, Director of the Small Business Accelerator. “It’s our responsibility to make sure those small businesses have a place to call home. We are excited to welcome Red Rock to the Center and we look forward to working with them as they build their business here in Bowling Green.”
The Small Business Accelerator is part of WKU and is located at the Center for Research and Development. It provides clients with business support services and community resources to help them grow during the start-up period. There are currently 35 companies that operate within the space at the Center.
“What makes our community so unique is the versatility of the success stories you can find here. No matter the size or industry that a business operates in, our business community is flourishing here in Warren County. A true testament to that is a company like Red Rock’s decision to locate here. They are the innovators in their field and are forging a path of their own; we are grateful they chose our region to start that path in. We are happy to welcome you and we congratulate you on your continued success,” said Judge Executive Michael Buchanon.
“Small businesses are truly vital to the growth and development of our community,” stated Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. “We have an outstanding group of small businesses here in Bowling Green and we couldn’t be happier to welcome Red Rock to that family. When a business chooses to open a new location, their investment signifies a confidence and commitment to the area they do so in. We are honored they chose Bowling Green and we look forward to their success here.”
To date, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has celebrated six economic development announcements for a total capital investment of more than $180 million and the creation of over 275 jobs.