Enterprise Center at Plymouth Starting Strong

June 25th, 2013 by blyndes

 

The Enterprise Center at Plymouth is scheduled to be opened in September.

PLYMOUTH, N.H. A joint partnership between Plymouth State University and the Grafton County Economic Development Council (GCEDC) to create new businesses and jobs is off to a strong start, even before the building is completed.

The Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP), located at 149 North Main Street, is a business incubator and accelerator whose goal is to support entrepreneurship, small businesses, and economic development in central New Hampshire by providing services, including leased space, mentoring, and networking to new and existing businesses. ECP Executive Director Michael Tentnowski said that 75 percent of the available office space is already reserved, even though the building will not be ready for occupancy until September.

“As we get closer to the occupancy date, space is going fast,” Tentnowski said.  “Most companies are interested in ECP’s high-speed fiber optic conectivity and the business coaching services.”                               

The GCEDC is providing the physical location and building, using $2 million in federal, state and corporate funding; PSU is providing incubator staffing, business services and intellectual capital through the College of Business Administration. Essentially, the ECP provides a “one stop shopping” location for businesses throughout the region seeking advice and counseling.

GCEDC Executive Director Mark Scarano noted that the strong interest from local entrepreneurs is good news for the region’s job creation potential.

“As we build out infrastructure that complements new entrepreneurial activity, New Hampshire benefits from the jobs that are created, and from the innovation that occurs right here in the Lakes Region,” Scarano said.

Unique features of the ECP include a sales skills development video production room and space dedicated to professional focus group services. Both of these are currently provided by PSU’s College of Business Administration and are very popular with students and entrepreneurs alike. The ECP will also act as a headquarters for an enhanced business outreach effort in central New Hampshire by PSU staff and graduate students.

For more information about the ECP, contact Executive Director Michael Tentnowski at

mjtentnowski@plymouth.edu or 535-2523.

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