The Business Incubator and You

business incubatorBusiness Incubators and Small Business

As a full time professional tenant in a business incubator, we at SCM enjoy all of the same services as does any professionally staffed office.  Our working environment even includes built-in networking opportunities!

Business incubators are formal programs designed to support the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services.  Those services are developed and orchestrated by a management team sponsored by the local community, with the objective of stimulating the local economy.

Participating with the  business incubator was the best decision we ever could have made!  It was a real stimulus to the growth of our business and it put us on the path towards success.

Our local business incubator is known as OzSBI.  Let me tell you about how it has helped to make us successful!

Ozarks Small Business Incubator – OzSBI

business incubatorOzSBI is an acronym for the Ozarks Small Business Incubator.  OzSBI’s operation is associated with and partially staffed by Missouri State University.  MSU operates a branch campus just a couple of blocks away from the OzSBI building.

When we first decided that working from home was more distracting than we had anticipated, we stopped by and talked to the folks who run the incubator.  At the beginning, we enjoyed what is called an affiliate business relationship in the incubator environment for a few months.

The “affiliate relationship” provided us with a shared working space with a variety of other similarly minded small entrepreneurial minded associates.  The business contacts made there, and the new and often unexpected working relationships established there, compelled us to take the next step.  Then we  became long term, full time dedicated office tenants within the incubator.  Six other small businesses also lease adjacent private office space at the OzSBI building.

As a full time office tenant there, we enjoy a variety of essential business support services made available to us and to our neighboring office tenants at quite an affordable cost.business incubator

The OZSBI offices and meeting facilities where we work daily are located in a beautifully renovated historic building located at the far north end of the court house square at 408 Washington Ave in old downtown West Plains.  Check out their website.

If you are local, or happen to be in the area, feel free to stop by and visit us personally!

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What Could an Incubator do for Your Business in Your Town?

According to Wikipedia, in 2005 alone, North American incubation programs assisted more than 27,000 companies that provided employment for more than 100,000 workers and generated annual revenues of $17 billion.  Our own local incubator was not even yet conceived when these numbers were counted, and incubators continue to be created all over the country.

Incubators Embrace Independence

business incubatorAmericans universally agree that since 2008 our economy has been wrestling with a depressed economic state. But these United States are all about independence, and we as individuals are the only possible demonstrators of that independence.  After all, it was a Declaration of Independence from the British Monarchy that founded this great country.

How will we ever get back on track? We will be on track in proportion as we each, as individuals, express and live our natural state of independence.  We must actively be the lifeblood of this nation.  Make your vision of an independent business into reality and be independence expressed.

First you stand up on your own, The business incubator is there to support you as you take your first steps, and then to watch over you as your business matures and grows.  The incubator is your community standing up and getting behind you in the spirit of individualism. You get the business ball rolling.  With a little help, that ball rolls straight, doesn’t lose its natural momentum and stays out of the gutter.

A Call to Action

If you are thinking of going it on your own, then find a catalyst and go for it!  Contact your nearest business incubatorWe’ll start by referring you to the folks at OzSBI.

And finally, market your fledgling business the right way. Develop and implement a complete marketing strategy from the outset. My final call to action is to invite you to learn all the basics you need to implement that marketing plan.  We offer a completely free training series on content marketing right here on this site.  Just register at the top of the right sidebar and you will receive by email a link to all the marketing videos.

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