For those who dream of opening their own businesses, it’s easier now to move forward and make those dreams come true.

The Copperas Cove Entrepreneur Center officially opened for business at 207 S. Third St. with a chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Several council members were in attendance, and the business community is especially excited to see the facility officially open, said Diane Drussell, the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation’s business retention specialist.

“This is a project we’ve been working on for a year. We want to help small, young businesses take that step into the big world,” she said. “We want to make sure businesses are knowledgeable and educated about what they are getting into with their businesses.”

Described as a “business incubator,” the center provides offices to entrepreneurs for a reasonable cost. It offers shared space and shared resources, such as printers and administrative assistant services. Therefore, it is less expensive to utilize than renting an office, bringing less financial risk to business start-ups.

Earlier this year, the EDC began recruiting a resource team to serve as sounding boards and mentors. Accountants, bankers, insurance agents, attorneys, marketing and advertising representatives and other professionals were targeted for recruitment on the team.

Monica Hull, director of business development for the EDC, told the Copperas Cove City Council earlier this month that anyone wanting to start a business must have some type of framework already in mind.

“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 said.

White-collar businesses such as graphic designers and accountants are more likely to consider using the new center. There is no storage available at the center for equipment. So a business requiring storage space on-site, such as a lawn service, would not be a good fit.

Applications for the center are available by calling Drussell at 254-547-7874.

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