(Photo courtesy of Kirksville Daily Express)
People interested in improving or starting their own businesses can begin, literally, at Square 1.
The Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center's business incubator space, dubbed Square 1, provided a sneak peek at the space organizers hope will launch a new era in local entrepreneurship.
"The purpose is to allow business owners or entrepreneurs a space to be able to work, to work on their business, to work with others and collaborate and network," said MREIC Executive Director Carolyn Chrisman.
The incubator space, located in the basement of the Economic Development Alliance building at 315 S. Franklin St. in Kirksville, Missouri, has been about five years in the making, with construction taking place over the last six months. The state, through the Missouri Technology Corporation, provided $36,000, with MREIC using some of its own funds with money from local stakeholders to match, while the city of Kirksville handled HVAC work and other items.
"It's been a group effort, a community effort," Chrisman said.
Now, Chrisman and others are hoping the community will come out to launch a new wave of local businesses. Monthly membership are available for the space, which includes access to a copier/printer/scanner, high-speed Internet, workspace, business counseling services and more.
"We've got our work stations, we've got our computers, we've got our Internet, cell phone boosters, everything that someone needs to come in and work," Chrisman said.
Additions to the space will be made over time and prior to an official ribbon cutting on March 3.
Community members are invited to tour the space during weekday daytime hours over the next month, and can enter to win a free month of membership.
(Full press release at Kirksville Daily Express)