Our chatter this week on the air and online prompted some discussions about local business development in Battle Creek - perhaps in place of some national concerns which have announced closings recently.

But how does a person take an idea for a business and parlay that into reality?

Amanda Lankerd and Cheryl Peters with Battle Creek's Generation E Institute know exactly how it's done because they do it - helping budding entrepreneurs overcome hurdles like business plans and financing.

Click the player below to hear how they do it.

Hear The Richard Piet Show weekday mornings from 5:30-9 on 95.3 WBCK.