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Downtown Business Incubator opening Wednesday in Columbia

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 | 5:33 p.m. CDT; updated 5:49 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 4, 2012

COLUMBIA — Entrepreneurs soon will have a new place downtown to develop their fledgling businesses.

An opening ceremony for the Brent and Erica Beshore Downtown Business Incubator will start at 4 p.m. Wednesday at 500 E. Walnut St., Suite 105. The incubator will be on the ground floor of the parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets, adjacent to the offices of Regional Economic Development Inc.

The incubator is aimed at providing start-up businesses with all the resources they need to grow. It offers 24-7 workspace, wireless Internet, office equipment, business mentors and an entrepreneurial community. Tenants will pay $150 a month, according to the website of The League of Innovators, which is the primary sponsor of the incubator.

The incubator is an effort to bring more businesses to Columbia and to retain local talent.

Other partners include REDI, the University of Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.


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