After years of planning and months of construction the Muskingum County Business Incubator is ready to grow business in our area.
The MCBI cut the ribbon on their new location at the old Maysville Elementary School. The move allows the incubator to help more small businesses and expand what they can offer to potential customers.
"The backbone of our economy is resting on small businesses," said Executive Director Carol Humphreys. "We do need to pay attention. We do need to support them so they can grow."
"It's a huge risk. People that don't do it don't understand what a big risk it is," said State Senator Troy Balderson. "Small business owners put their lives on the line, they do everything they can to take this one chance. If that chance doesn't work they do it again, so that's the beauty of the whole thing."
Currently, ten businesses call the incubator home. One of those companies is Apex Sports. Owner William Wilson has a patent pending for a softball that withstands any weather condition.
"You don't know that you don't know anything until you get into it," said William Wilson. "You think you know what your talking about with the balls and the business and you don't have any idea. With Carol setting me up and getting the business plan going. I don't know I needed one, you know all the various things you need, over time, it really helps with everything they do."
In addition to added office space and a business think tank. The incubator is currently raising funds to create a kitchen incubator where cooks can run their business.