Incubator Needs County Support

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An organization that helps small businesses is looking for support from the Muskingum County Comissioners.

The small business incubator helps residents from Muskingum County and nine surrounding counties start up and maintain a small business. Board members from the incubator told county commissioners today, they have run out of space in their current location. To move forward the incubator needs around $1.5 million, but the county will not have to put up all the money.

“We don’t expect the commissioners to put all that money up. What we really need from the commissioners, and they have provided it, the support so that we can go to other entities such as OMEGA and other government bodies and other granting organizations knowing there is this support and match from the commissioners,” says incubator Chairman of the Board, Larry Triplett.

Triplett says the incubator has helped to create and maintain around 100 jobs in the community. The county commissioners support the program, but want the board members to draw up a business plan before any more decisions can be made.

“They are going to come up with their plan as to what grants they can receive through the Ohio Department of Agriculture or OMEGA or any of the other federally funded sources and, of course, we own the building so we will need to maintain that building and hopefully there will be rental income to help pay for any debt that may be incurred,” says Commissioner Brian Hill.

Triplett says 70% of people currently employed in Muskingum County work at a small business.

Katie Jeffries