Business Incubator Moves Forward with Fruita Center
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo. After years of discussion, the Business Incubator Center is moving forward with a satellite center in Fruita. The new center will be located on the second floor of the civic center downtown.
Jon Maraschin, executive director of the Business Incubator, said, "Let's help grow our businesses. The businesses that start and grow in a community stay there, and that really is how you build an economy."
Their new facility in Fruita will assist both current and future business owners.
"Maybe you have an idea of something but your not quite sure how to get it off the ground, you can use the incubator. Maybe you already have a business that you need help just figuring out how your going to grow that business," said Fruita Mayor Lori Buck.
"We'll have the ability to help those home-base businesses, location-neutral businesses, tired of working in their garage, come down to the incubator and we can help them maybe get to the next step," said Maraschin.
"With hopes that they'll start in Fruita, start small and then grow and then continue their business in Fruita," Buck said.
Officials say the numbers don't like, folks that utilize the incubator have a higher success rate, "If you start on your own it's about an 80 percent failure rate. If you start with an incubator it's about 80 percent success rate," said Maraschin.
They want to help as many companies as possible succeed.
"Economic development. That's the buzz word for how we help our communities grow, thrive and create companies. I'm just glad to be here, it's going to be a really neat adventure for us," said Maraschin.
Officials say they plan on having the new operation up and running the first week of August. All furniture was donated by Encana.