Local Business Incubator Center Receives Global Recognition
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Grand Valley’s Business Incubator is receiving global recognition.
The Business Incubator Center has beaten out nearly 7,000 incubators in the world, and won "Incubator of the Year".
Over the last 25 years, the Incubator Center as helped launch more than 260 companies, and now they are being recognized for these successful mixed and special purpose companies.
Owner of Timeless Millworks Kyle Berger used to work out of a two-car garage before coming to the center.
“Now we are in about a 5,000 square feet,” said Berger.
Berger has now been making custom woodwork for three years at the center.
“We have been able to purchase bigger machinery,” said Berger. “We weren’t able to hire people and the incubator kind of helped us in deciding which machines are able to go our way.”
Its businesses, like Berger’s, that officials credit their recent award from the National Business Incubator Association.
“It’s very easy to take for granted what we have here but we really do have community ownership of the incubator,” said Jon Maraschin, executive director of the Business Incubator Center. “Everyone in this community does own a part of what we do. It’s really kind of neat to see that and it’s not normal.”
What officials call a "one-stop-shop", this center currently has 54 clients and is at 90 percent revenue capacity.
However, that's expected to change since they offer access to equipment like a commercial kitchen.
Seasonal clients are expected to fill the kitchen as they prepare food for the coming farmers markets.
“So we will gain about 10 more clients between now and the end of the month,” said Maraschin.
Whether they are seasonal clients, or more permanent, Berger and his fellow workers understand why the center is being awarded.
“They are good people to work with,” said Berge. “They're nothing but sup portative. We love being down here, and we consider them good friends. They are just good people all around.”
They plan on commemorating this monumental award in June, when fellow clients, graduates and politicians will crowd here for one big celebration at the center.