COPPERAS COVE — Residents have watched the growth and expansion of the city since the U.S. Highway 190 bypass project came to fruition.
Now residents will have an opportunity to become a part of that growth. On July 15, the city’s Entrepreneur Center will open at 207 S. Third St. with an open house for residents with aspirations of becoming a proprietor of their own business.
On Tuesday night, Monica MacKay Hull of the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation provided the City Council with a presentation that discussed the Entrepreneur Center, as well as some other projects the EDC has lined up or recently completed.
“The center will provide support for local business owners who don’t necessarily want to lease their own location at first,” said Hull, director of business development for the EDC. “Any interested party must have a business plan. Once they get their feet under them, the center will help them move into their own locations. It’s designed to help them succeed.”
Hull envisions small computer start-ups, webpage design, journalists and bloggers, as some of the possible businesses the center will house. However, she was quick to point out those were just some examples and hopes that anyone with an idea will visit the center.
Also, Hull discussed several upcoming projects that will lure more businesses to Cove.
“Of all our new projects, Sweet & Spicy and Pie could be the most beneficial,” she said. “The projects will bring new restaurants to Cove, which will increase traffic in the area.”
The EDC also plans to increase local retail and use old, dilapidated structures for newer, classier businesses.
“We want to see more examples like Black Meg, where local businesses move into larger buildings. Bill French Jewelers is another example,” Hull said.
She said many other businesses are interested in coming to Cove, but they seem to want to wait.
“We know how much the bypass will affect us, but those businesses don’t,” she said. “They want to wait until the construction is done and to see what the traffic situation in Cove will be like.”