In mid-2015 Peoria, IL was awarded the “Startup in a Day” grant from the Small Business Administration. In doing so, the City of Peoria pledged to take on three initiatives: replace paper business and licensing processes with software, create a database for all business resources available to new companies and share best practices with other communities.
Competing against global software giants Adobe and Oracle among others, DevBright – a local startup company – saw the opportunity and started drafting their own solution – GovPermit.
Startup Peoria Coordinator, Randon Gettys, assisted the DevBright team along the way. “This new product story is an example of the successes we can continue to look forward to as we increase collaboration throughout our innovation ecosystem, here in Greater Peoria.”
By retrofitting a conference room at The Nest to become the new DevBright office, Startup Peoria helped the team get off the ground with affordable workspace. Feature presentations at Third Thursdays and 1 Million Cups proved to be invaluable networking opportunities as DevBright built their team of talent.
“The DevBright team was able to bring a value product to market from scratch in a short amount of time and are in the process of marketing it nationwide,” says Cesar Suarez with the City of Peoria.
“By automating permit applications for public self-service, the city employees and businesses both save time, operate more efficiently with fewer errors, and can rely on GovPermit to capture all necessary data,” comments DevBright owner Matt Scachette.
As the City of Peoria reviews GovPermit, DevBright continues to move forward as a Startup company. Moving into a full-fledged office building and bootstrapping their company are major milestones for any new business. With GovPermit, it appears there will be many more milestones in DevBright’s future.
To learn more about DevBright, visit their website at http://www.devbright.net/