The Resource Navigator

Center for Innovation & Leadership at Northwestern College

The Center for Innovation & Leadership connects students’ ingenuity and organizational leaders’ insight to create shared opportunities that serve Christ’s kingdom and the common good. The center invests in communities, organizations and initiatives through collaborative, innovative, Christ-centered leadership development and problem-solving services and opportunities


The center offers the following signature programs and resources:

  • Accelerate Siouxland –  Accelerate Siouxland is a regional leadership development program that familiarizes community members with Siouxland’s vast resources (natural, human, economic, political, religious and ideological) to spark new connections and ideas that enhance the well-being of area residents and their communities. Participants become informed citizens of Siouxland and take on a practical project designed to benefit the region.
  • Learner to Leader- Learner to Leader curriculum and mentoring programs connect visionary students with innovative role models. The program helps students understand how communities work, teaches them leadership and workplace skills, and—using the region as a learning lab—invites them to imagine what a life in Siouxland might look like.
  • Research & Consultancy- Research & Consultancy services enable organizations to access the opinions and ideas of college students. In addition, problem-solving consultancies, supervised by faculty/staff members, aid in organizational research, assessments, and development of products or services.
  • Entrepreneur/Business Leader-in-Residence- The Entrepreneur/Business Leader-in-Residence program connects experienced and emerging leaders, both in the classroom and community, to help further ideas and opportunities.
  • Innovation Sandbox–   Our Innovation Sandbox is an inspiring campus laboratory that enables students and organizational leaders to engage in collaborative brainstorming, inventing and problem-solving.

Services Provided

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Community Involvement (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Business Plan Training
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • International Market Research
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research
  • Research Training

Management Issues and Training

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)
  • Mentoring (Specialty)
  • Recruiting Assistance (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Consulting
  • Loan Providers

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data


  • Advertising
  • Brochure Design
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development
  • Student Provided Research (Specialty)

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Home Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Office, Laboratory and Meeting Space

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space

Economic and Site Development

  • Consulting (Specialty)
  • Economic Forecasting
  • Main Street Program Services
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance


  • Bookkeeping
  • Business Management
  • Business Plan
  • Financial Statements
  • Marketing Plan
  • Pre-Business Planning

Product Development

  • Product Design & Development

Nonprofit Development

  • Accounting
  • Board Development
  • Funds Development
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Audits
  • Strategic Planning

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling


  • Mentoring Program (Specialty)

Human Resources

  • Employee Development
  • Hiring, Retention & Education
  • Policies & Procedures

Internship Programs & Student Services

  • Internship Programs (Specialty)
  • Student Marketing Projects (Specialty)
  • Student Research Projects (Specialty)


  • Targeted Small Business Certification
Contact Information
Erica Vonk
101 7th Street SW
Orange City, IA 51041