Area business incubators help new businesses get off the ground
Monday, February 13, 2012
Posted by: Kristina Moy
By J. Shane Mercer, InForum
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – In the agricultural heartland of Minnesota,
the word "incubator” is likely to conjure up images of fluffy yellow
chicks pecking their way out of their shells and into the world.
But in the past few years, a new kind of incubator is popping up in the region – the kind that hatches businesses.
business incubators have been established in the region by the
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Business and
Entrepreneurial Services Center, with a fourth opening in March and a
fifth anticipated before the end of the year.
The incubators are
designed to help new businesses get up and running by providing
mentoring, training, services and low-cost space.
engineer Kevin Disse owns and operates KGD Engineering out of the
Detroit Lakes incubator. Having his business there means he can stay in
his hometown and do the work he wants to do.
"The incubator is allowing me to stay in the career I want to, as well as the Detroit Lakes area,” he said.
He started at the incubator in July.
incubators address a business reality in the rural communities, said
BES Executive Director Beth Pridday, whose office is in Detroit Lakes.
Read more about these business incubators