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Business Incubator to create jobs in Eastern Kentucky

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Many Americans are worried about the state of the national economy, but one organization here at home is trying to ease those fears.

The Business Innovation and Growth Center at Kentucky Highlands in London is the first business incubator in the state built to top environmental standards.

The center is projected to create around 125 jobs and generate $6 million in private investment in the first five years.

Whether it's helping an entrepreneur launch their idea or providing space for a small company to recycle computers, The Business Innovation and Growth Center is trying to boost the economy in Eastern Kentucky.

"We would like to bring in businesses that are high growth that can bring in jobs," said the director of the center Jim Carroll.

The center could potentially hold 17 businesses and bring in about 125 jobs, and that's just the beginning.

"We would like to bring folks into the center, have them here for a year or two, then graduate them onto renting something back in their home county," said Carroll.

Then the process would start all over again with new businesses.

Carroll says that by putting small businesses into suites like this one at a very low costs. It's going to help eastern Kentucky's economy grow and provide more jobs.

"$150 a month, and of course we have full use of the building, training rooms downstairs, conference rooms upstairs, kitchenette that kind of things, so it's very easy to have meetings here," said Greg Kitzmiller who is a resident there.

Small businesses already located in the center say the resources are invaluable.

"These are all questions that I would have been floating around trying to answer on my own if I wouldn't have had the folks at the Big Center helping me," said entrepreneur Sandi Curd.

It's a place to help a small business get started and grow, with the end result equaling more jobs.

Carroll says if you have an idea or are starting a small business, you can find out more information on Facebook or their website www.bigcenter.org.


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