Enterprise Center at Plymouth welcomes Narrative 1

October 3rd, 2013 by Lynn

    Business Incubator Grand Opening Oct. 15

    The Enterprise Center at Plymouth officially opens Oct. 15.

     PLYMOUTH — From the minute Tom Armstrong stepped through the door of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP), he knew the prospects for his grow­ing business became a little brighter.

    Armstrong, a Plymouth State alumnus, owns Nar­rative 1, a Holderness-based commercial property ap­praisal software developer seeking to expand its mar­ket share nationally, and the ECP provides a conve­nient, fully-staffed work­space with access to Plym­outh State University’s award-winning business faculty and staff.

    “We’re very excited about the quality of the space, and the technology behind it; this is a facility we badly needed, but couldn’t find,” said Armstrong, who now employs a dozen people. “We sell our software to banks and government agencies and they will come and visit our office before engaging in a transaction with us; this space allows us to show them a professional business atmosphere.”

    ECP Executive Director Michael Tentnowski said Narrative 1 is a great exam­ple of how a business incu­bator should work.

    “Welcoming the first member into the building highlights the progress the facility is making in creat­ing jobs and economic op­portunity for entrepreneurs across the region,” Tent­nowski said.

    The ECP, located at 1 Bridge St., is a joint part­nership between Plymouth State University and the Grafton County Econom­ic Development Council (GCEDC), whose goal is to support entrepreneur­ship, small businesses, and economic development in central New Hampshire. Gov. Maggie Hassan, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen and Dinah Adkins, past President of the National Business Incubator Asso­ciation and expert on rural economic development, will address guests during the 5:30 p.m. Grand Open­ing ceremony in the lobby of the Silver Center for the Arts.

    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, services, leased space, mentoring, and net­working.

    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.

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