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NY Mills' Incubator on schedule

Two entrepreneurs have already signed contracts to lease offices in the New York Mills Business Incubator.

Located in the old creamery building, the incubator will open on schedule May 15. Five fully furnished offices are still available.

The Business Incubator is a partnership between M State Community and Technical College and the NY Mills Economic Development Authority, offering an, "affordable opportunity to grow into business," M State director Beth Pridday said.

Incubators pay a reasonable rent in exchange for the space, a desk, Internet connection, phone service, business workshops and more.

The EDA met on May 4 to finalize the contract agreement between M State, as well as set the rental amounts. The EDA will be paying a monthly rent to the NY Mills Regional Cultural Center for use of its building.

Cultural center Director Jamie Robertson wants to encourage artists to consider the incubator option. The furnished offices are the perfect place for artists pursuing marketing aspects of their work, he said.

The creamery building was donated to the cultural center last November, and since then a creamery committee has been working on a plan that would benefit the community as well as uphold the cultural center's motto of, "Expanding the cultural and creative opportunities of rural Americans."

The incubator program is a good fit for the creamery building, said Robertson. And when the café opens in early June, the culinary arts potential will link the cultural center's vision to the creamery.

Robertson said the cultural center is hoping the café will have a healthy menu that makes use of locally grown foods, and that cooking classes will be offered to the public. He said some form of the café would open before the Great American Think-Off in June.