Myra and Wayne Mollett, owners of Seven Oaks Realty, recently moved from their business incubator office at Kaskaskia College’s Greenville Education Center into their new location at 989 E. Beaumont in Greenville.
The Molletts decided to open their own business in 2014, and were seeking a place to establish themselves. Their children had attended Kaskaskia College, and they heard of the Small Business incubator offices at the Greenville Education Center. The space was small, a single office, but it was just what they needed to get their new business off the ground. “We were working from our home, and we wanted to establish a presence in town for our clients to visit. It suited us very well” Myra said.
“It is very affordable,” she added, “and they supply equipment like desks, computers, phones, and copiers. Also, QuickBooks and software support. For a business looking to get started without much capital, it was a perfect fit.”
Kaskaskia College, through its Small Business Development Center, maintains Business Incubator offices in its five Education Centers located in Greenville, Trenton, Salem, and Nashville to act as affordable places for start-up businesses to get established before moving on to new locations. Seven Oaks Realty used the business incubator for two years to grow their company to the point of establishing its own space in a newly remodeled building. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for early March.
Wayne Mollett thinks that the Business Incubators are a great idea, and could even be expanded. “People come here while doing temporary projects or even while on vacation,” he said. “A Business Incubator office would be perfect for those who need office space temporarily while they are in the area. They could be rented on a weekly or monthly basis.”
What makes the offices in Greenville and other education centers special, according to the Molletts, is that they not only come with necessary equipment at an affordable cost, but that the Education Center staff are always so helpful and the hours are flexible. “We have come in at ten-thirty at night, or even midnight, if we needed to get something ready for the next day,” Wayne said. “You won’t find that kind of flexibility in many places.”
Myra summed it up. “Anybody that needs this kind of space would be well-served to look at the Business Incubators,” she said.
For more information on the business Incubators and other small business support, contact Steve Groner, Director of the ISBDC at 618-545-3260 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.