Alpena’s incubator proves successful
Business incubators provide a valuable service in communities.
By sharing common services like phone lines, secretaries, copy machines, utilities, etc., small start-ups can share space under one roof until they become self sufficient and are able to branch out into bigger and better locations later.
While not specifically an incubator, in Alpena the shared space at the chamber of commerce with the Downtown Development Authority, convention and visitors bureau and originally Target Alpena always made in our mind a perfect incubator for public services of a similar nature.
Several years ago Target was blended into the chamber umbrella. Last year the DDA left and purchased its own office space, and recently the CVB announced it was going to be doing the same. Before long only the chamber will remain behind at 235 W. Chisholm.
All this is good news, however. What it means is that each of the individual entities have been allowed to grow and prosper to the point where now moving is a natural step, and by doing so it enhances the customer experience with each entity.
A perfect incubator is always turning over with new businesses.
If that is the criteria for success, then it appears Alpena has done well with its version.