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Plymouth business center seeks entrepreneurs

Union Leader Correspondent

November 02. 2013 4:26AM
Plymouth State University professor of graphic design Pamela Anneser works with marketing students at the Business Enterprise Center downtown. (DAN SEUFERT/Union Leader Correspondent)

PLYMOUTH - For 25 years, Lance Keene ran his business from various locations in the state.

Now he's made a home for his company in the newly opened Enterprise Center, a business incubator that economic development leaders hope will attract entrepreneurs to the area and create high-value jobs.

Keene said he hopes to hire two students from Plymouth State University in the coming year.

"For many years, I was working really hard but not necessarily always making the best decisions," he said. "There's a lot offered here."

The Enterprise Center, at 1 Bridge St., drew more than 100 people to its Oct. 15 grand opening.

It aims to provide a one-stop shop for businesses throughout the region seeking advice and counseling, services, leased space, mentoring and networking.

The Grafton County Economic Development Council bought the property and renovated the building last year using $2 million in federal, state and corporate funding.

PSU is providing staffing, campus-wide business services and intellectual capital.

The building was designed by Alba Architects of Woodstock and Moultonborough.

Its features include a sales-skills development office, a video production room and space dedicated to professional focus group services.

The center will also act as headquarters for an enhanced business outreach effort in central New Hampshire by PSU faculty, staff and students.

The center now has 4,500 square feet of occupied space, and will have an additional 4,500 square feet available by the end of the first quarter of 2014, said Michael Tentnowski, the center's director.

The businesses located there now are Narrative One Software, TotalScope Marketing, Mabbs Robinson, Keene Systems and the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce.

A sixth business, Tentnowski said, is taking advantage of the center through the ECP's 1G fiber-optic-backboned system, doing so not on location but virtually, an opportunity more businesses have inquired about, he said.

"This facility will serve the region so that we can start to create an ecosystem of entrepreneurship in the area," Tentnowski said.

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