An energetic woman named Pamela Slim, who delivers workshops on how local businesses can help build better communities, asked herself in late 2015, “What am I doing to support and super charge my community?” Her answer was to create a small business incubator in her home town of Mesa, Arizona.
She found a vacant space on the main street and then launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds needed to purchase portable chairs and tables for training sessions, couches and end tables to invite conversations, kitchen equipment, audio-visual equipment, signage, and some modest leasehold improvements such as new paint and lighting. She set a campaign goal of $30,000 but managed to raise of $40,000. The hub is now up and running and providing strong support for local business entrepreneurs in Mesa. Doesn’t Pamela’s success inspire you to to establish a small business incubator in your community?