Mohave Community College unveils business incubator
Mohave Community College is planning to strengthen relationships with local businesses and nonprofits in a unique new program.
“Business Incubator” programs will begin at each of the college’s campuses in the near future, according to MCC spokesman James Jarman.
“The program will work as a conduit through which the college can create a win-win for the community,” Jarman said. “The college will work with new companies coming to the region along with start-up businesses to provide office space, internet, phones and meeting areas.”
According to Jarman, MCC’s Bullhead City and North Mohave campuses have already set up their own business incubator sites. Food distribution company Dot Foods was the first to use one of MCC’s business incubator sites, while the company’s Bullhead City facility was being built last year.
“The business incubator is critical not only from a standpoint of cost savings, but also helping us get to know the community and focus our efforts on breaking ground here and hiring people,” said Dot Foods Western Region General Manager Rich Baham.
In Lake Havasu City, however, MCC officials are still working out the logistics of the project. They will need to choose an exact location for the incubator, and arrange the final details in the college’s lease agreement paperwork that will be used by the campus and any business that may wish to take advantage of the program.
According to MCC President Michael Kearns, the program represents a valuable opportunity for Mohave County businesses.
“We’re providing a landing and launching pad for businesses complete with the space and computer network infrastructure needed for them to temporarily conduct business and hold meetings while they get established in the community,” Kearns said.
Mohave Community College’s business incubator program isn’t the first such program in Havasu, however. The Lake Havasu City Partnership for Economic Development launched its pilot Co+Work project earlier this year, creating an opportunity for collaboration and innovation among coinciding businesses; and further plans are in the works to help businesses thrive in Havasu.
According to Jarmon, Lake Havasu City Campus Dean Jann Woods hopes to open Havasu’s business incubator program next month.