PLYMOUTH, N.H.- If the early success of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP) is any indication, the business incubator and accelerator has a very bright future. The ECP, located at One Bridge Street, is at full capacity just three weeks after opening its doors with five fledgling businesses setting up shop in the state-of-the-art facility. The ECP’s October 15 grand opening ceremony at Plymouth State drew more than 100 people to celebrate the goal of job creation and economic development in central New Hampshire.
Governor Maggie Hassan, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen and Dinah Adkins, President Emerita of the National Business Incubator Association and expert on rural economic development addressed guests during the ceremony in the lobby of the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University.
Governor Maggie Hassan said the ECP provides a great platform to grow the businesses of the 21st century.
“New Hampshire stands at the threshold of a bright new future, as well positioned as any state to lead the country in innovative economic growth,” Hassan said.
“The Enterprise Center at Plymouth will play an integral role in seizing this opportunity, supporting entrepreneurs, small business owners and economic development throughout central New Hampshire.”
PSU President Sara Jayne Steen noted the ECP is an excellent example of how the University plays a key role in serving the region.
“Part of PSU’s mission as a regional comprehensive university is to use our intellectual resources to make our region stronger,” Steen said. “Today’s celebration is about how people can come together – public, private, higher education and community — to make something important become a reality for New Hampshire. If higher education and its partners have strong relationships, the region should be strong.”
“Thanks to all of you who are committed to making this project successful,” said Adkins, who stated the number of business incubators to encourage entrepreneurship has grown a hundred fold throughout the United States in the past thirty years. “My advice to you is to go for world class…I firmly believe what you accomplish in life relates directly to how big the dream is.”
ECP Director Michael Tentnowski announced the businesses located in the ECP are Narrative One Software, TotalScope Marketing, J. Edgar Group, Mabbs Robinson, Keene Systems as well as the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“This new facility is going to serve as an incubator accelerator which will serve the region so that we can start to create an eco-system of entrepreneurship in the area,” Tentnowski said.
Essentially, the ECP provides a “one stop shop” for businesses throughout the region seeking advice and counseling, services, leased space, mentoring, and networking. The GCEDC is providing the physical location and building, using $2 million in federal, state and corporate funding; PSU is providing staffing, campus-wide business services and intellectual capital. The building was designed by Alba Architects of Woodstock and Moultonborough, N.H.
Unique features of the ECP include a sales skills development office, video production room and space dedicated to professional focus group services. The ECP will also act as a headquarters for an enhanced business outreach effort in central New Hampshire by PSU faculty, staff and students.
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