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Friday deadline for DeKalb County Business Incubator

DeKALB – The DeKalb County Business Incubator is accepting applications and plans to open by July 1.

“We are excited to move forward with this venture and help businesses and nonprofits grow so that after a couple of years they can locate into a private-sector building or build their own facility in DeKalb County where they can continue to grow, help our local economy and increase job opportunities for our residents,” DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski said in a news release.

The incubator will be at DeKalb County’s Community Outreach Building, 2500 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb.

It will provide office space, conference rooms and support services for small businesses.

The 26,000-square-foot building features private office spaces and shared workspaces and will be open all day, every day.

Other features include conference and meeting spaces, internet access, furnished offices equipped with fiber optic telecommunications infrastructure and available storage space, according to a news release.

“This new business incubator will provide today’s entrepreneurs direct access to our county’s new high-speed fiber optic network as well as other valuable resources,” DeKalb County Economic Development Committee Chairman Bob Brown said in a news release. “Applicants ranging from new college graduates to recent retirees are invited to present their business ideas and proposals.”

Tenants will have access to business training, development and best practices seminars led by industry experts and business training through Kishwaukee College, and Northern Illinois University, networking and business counseling through a business mentoring program, according to the release.

The deadline for applications is Friday.

The application is available at the DeKalb County Administration Office and on the county’s website at www.dekalbcounty.org.

For information, contact DeKalb County economic development coordinator Mary Supple at 815-895-7189 or msupple@dekalbcounty.org.

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