The new downtown SPARK! business incubator has opened in 214 Place.
It is being run by Community Futures. Executive Director Holly Sorgen says it is for any start up or home-based business needing office space and advice.
“So, basically, any business that’s probably within the professional services realm. So, right now, we have engineers and para-legals and process servers and marketing companies and solar technologists and things like that in the offices.”
She adds demand for the service is high.
“And, certainly, that shows just the entrepreneurial spirit of Grande Prairie. It’s what we do, it’s how we operate and when things are tough, we start businesses to create ourselves employment and when things are good, we create those businesses and we make them stronger and we hire people, so that’s the beauty, I guess, of entrepreneurship.”
Sorgen says of the seven offices they have, all but one is rented out, so they could expand even further.
“You know, there might even be other spaces downtown that we could do that with. We’re also partnering with the City of Grande Prairie on their Sprout initiative, which is basically for retail pop-up incubation space. So, I think this is not going to be a fad, it’s going to be a trend in terms of being able to support our businesses even stronger.”
Both the city and provincial government have invested in the project that helps small businesses looking for office space and advice.
(photo from the Spark Business Incubator Facebook page)