City of Metter partners with GSU to benefit small businesses

Growing big talent in small town

CANDLER COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - The City of Metter is partnering with Georgia Southern University to offer help and a place to call home for businesses.

Storage space is being converted into office space could act as training wheels to help a small business get started, especially in a small town. The building won’t look much different on the outside when Georgia Southern opens its small business incubator. The differences will come on the inside.

They’ll create a space to resemble the university’s current incubator space in Statesboro. Its director says it’s about more than real estate.

“We’re providing assistance, whether it’s on business planning, market development, or financial planning, and getting people the kind of training and access to resources, and it’s designed to help them grow,” said Dr. Dominique Halaby, GSU Business Incubator.

They’ll team up with the city to create space when start-up businesses can get started.

“We’re hopeful the young entrepreneurs will take advantage of the services being offered by Georgia Southern,” said Mayor Ed Boyd, City of Metter.

They’ve already had one business sign on to locate to Candler County. Halaby says they hope to create a virtual revolving door.

“The goal is not that they grow and stay and be comfortable, but that they grow and leave; they end up occupying other locations and relocate to other places in the city.”

They hope to have people moving in this summer.

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