12-24-2020 – Business startup space now ready

Posted on: December 29th, 2020 by admin

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December 24, 2020

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By Kara Fohner kfohner@newstopicnews.com

Dec 23, 2020 Updated Dec 23, 2020

 

 

A space designed to help new businesses expand is now open at Hudson’s HUB Station.

 

Carmela Tomlinson, director of the small business center at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, said that the 600-square-foot area is divided into five workstations, each with a desk, a chair, and a filing cabinet.

 

The room is a “business incubator space,” a place to “provide entrepreneurs or startup businesses an area to be able to have affordable space to lease. They’re in a room together. They’re in a shared space where they can work creatively,” she said.

 

The space is called Entrepreneur Development and Group Engagement, or EDGE.

 

The color scheme in the room is bright, and the layout modern — and that’s intentional, she said.

 

“We want even the aesthetics of the room to create an energy in an area that will help promote creativity,” she said.

 

The incubator space is an addition to the college’s small businesses center at the HUB Station. Tomlinson hopes to lease space to both startup and existing businesses to establish a collaborative, creative environment.

 

“The HUB Station now has one building that’s the art center, and then we also have the business center,” she said. “The idea of the HUB Station is bringing entrepreneurs, businesses and artisans together on one campus.”

 

The business incubator space will be available for lease starting Jan. 1. Space can be leased up to one year at a time. After a year, Tomlinson hopes that they’ll consider leasing space elsewhere in the business center.

 

Those interested in leasing space can call Tomlinson at 828-726-3065 or email her ctomlinson@cccti.edu.

 

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.

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