CLEARWATER, FL, Tuesday, November 28, 2023 —Economic Impact Catalyst (EIC), the Clearwater-based technology and market research firm for entrepreneurship-led economic development, announces that Kim Vogel will be joining the Team as Chief Strategy Officer, working from our corporate headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. In this role, Ms. Vogel will be responsible for leading the development and execution of EIC’s long-term growth strategies.
Kim Vogel is a seasoned executive with 15+ years of specific experience in small business, entrepreneurial support, and economic development. She joins Economic Impact Catalyst from Codeboxx, where she served as Vice President of People and Community Development. Prior to that, Ms. Vogel served as the VP of Entrepreneurial Advancement + Business Growth and the Greenhouse Co-Manager for the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Her past experience as a SBDC Business Counselor, Chaplain for Hospice, and serving on several Advisory Boards and Committees, has guided her strong beliefs that each person is capable of positively impacting their corner of the world by using their unique strengths and discovering authentic ways to share them.
I have been lucky enough to observe and experience the launch and growth of Economic Impact Catalyst, as an early adopter to its present capacity, always impressed with David Ponraj’s leadership and unwavering vision. Economic Impact Catalyst’s mission in supporting entrepreneurship-led economic development is core to my professional experience and vital to the health and growth of every community. To be part of this dynamic team is a full circle experience that I am honored to join. – Kim Vogel, Chief Strategy Officer
We are delighted to have Kim join our executive team as we embark on an exciting journey of growth and expansion. Kim brings a wealth of industry expertise and leadership that will be instrumental in driving innovation and thought leadership within the economic development landscape. Kim’s mentorship and guidance will be invaluable to our team as we strive to create exceptional value for our clients. Please join me in warmly welcoming Kim to our leadership team. – David Ponraj, Founder & CEO
About Economic Impact Catalyst
Founded in 2018, Economic Impact Catalyst (initially known as Startup Space) emerged from the vision of David Ponraj, a South Asian, first-generation American immigrant and small business owner, who sought to make the entrepreneurial journey more accessible and streamlined for others. Headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, EIC has evolved into a global partner for economic development organizations, innovation centers, and community builders, providing them with a fully customizable SaaS platform that seamlessly integrates tools and connectivity to effectively manage entrepreneurship programs and ecosystems.
Powered by a powerful Saas platform and an industry leading Client Experience team, EIC extends its support beyond technology, offering consultative services, market research, and impact reporting to empower clients to catalyze and celebrate small business growth in their communities. As EIC charts its future, its commitment to providing best-in-class, technology-enabled solutions for entrepreneurship-led economic development remains steadfast. With an expanding suite of tools and solutions, EIC continues to empower entrepreneurs, support economic development organizations, and foster the growth of thriving communities.