New Dowagiac business center owners ready to invest in community – Leader Publications

DOWAGIAC — A Dowagiac building is under new ownership.

Martin Shrader and Jay Looney, of technology company Digital Farms LLC — the new owners of The Business Center of Southwestern Michigan, 415 E. Prairie Ronde St. — were present during Monday’s Dowagiac City Council meeting at City Hall to thank the council for their support.

“We acquired the facility several months ago, and we are underway with substantial improvements and renovations,” Shrader said. “We’ve been working with [City Manager Kevin Anderson] from time to time to make sure he knows what we’re doing. Things are progressing and going very well.”

“We appreciate your investment in the community and your commitment to the community,” said Mayor Don Lyons. “The improvements you’re making in that building are substantial, and we’ll serve both your interests and ours for years to come.”

Founded in 2009, The Business Center of Southwest Michigan is a multipurpose,

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Carteret Community College to host grand opening of NC Military Business Center | News

MOREHEAD CITY — Carteret Community College will host the grand opening of the North Carolina Military Business Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center.

The center will be located on CCC’s campus in Morehead City at the Big Rock Career Center.

The grand opening will include remarks from CCC President Dr. Tracy Mancini and U.S. Rep. Greg Murphy, R-N.C.

“The NCMBC is an excellent complement to the college’s Small Business Center and other business support services,” Dr. Mancini said in a press release about the opening. “We are proud to house this NCMBC on our campus and to serve as a hub for education, support and access for local businesses that could benefit from government contracts in the many industries that support military bases.”

The role of the NCMBC is to identify contract opportunities, source them to businesses across the state and provide

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New Braunfels economic development board backs hike, bike trail; small biz center | Community Alert

Members of the New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation board last week unanimously approved a plan that will help design a portion of the Dry Comal Creek Hike and Bike Trail as well as one that will keep the city’s small business center up and running.

Members approved a project expenditure recommendation of up to $375,000 for a professional services agreement with San Antonio-based Bain Median Bain for the final design of a portion of the Dry Comal Creek Hike and Bike Trail.

It would fund the project’s final design to include civil, survey, environmental, wayfinding, materials testing and landscape architecture. The city completed the preliminary design for the project in 2018.

City officials placed the project as its top priority for transportation alternatives funding to the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization this year, which is a special funding allocation for bike and pedestrian improvements. 

The AAMPO is expected to select

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Randolph Community College Small Business Center guides entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur Marcus Lowery was unsure if he wanted to create and operate his business as a nonprofit or limited liability company, relying on the Randolph Community College Small Business Center to provide guidance.

The center gave him material laying out the pros and cons of operating businesses under the two options for his Nu Wine business. This is just one of a few reasons Lowery believes he’s received multiple benefits from being exposed to the center.

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“One that races to the front of my mind is the sense of urgency to acknowledge where I was in my small business process,” Lowery said. “Once I was able to view where I was, I could envision where I wanted to go and what I would need to get there.”

Lowery is thankful for the large number of free resources that will help him 

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