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Business resource center, incubator hybrid opens in Downtown Okemos

The Meridian Asset Resource Center may have only recently made its debut in Downtown Okemos, but the concept has been around for some time. Originally a part of the Meridian Township Economic Development Corporation, the MARC has been offering business counseling at the Okemos Capital Area District Library for some time. 
 
Now under the Meridian Area Business Association, MARC has opened a 5,500 square foot office on Okemos Rd. The hybrid resource center and incubator offers temporary office space, meeting areas and other facilities for local entrepreneurs. 
 
"From the very beginning, we talked with [other area incubators and economic development organizations," says MARC Program Director Marsha Madle. "We've asked, 'Where is there a gap?' We want to have something that isn't duplicative, but will fit into that existing network." 
 
The MARC opened on Feb. 11 with a staff of three. In addition to Madle, Craig Allen serves as director of operations, and Malinda Barr is MARC's director of sales and promotions. Through April, MARC will offer free drop-in space.
 
"We want people to stop in and tell us how they can use it," says Madle.
 
The future goals of MARC include establishing ongoing programs, classes and events, providing dedicated, shared and open workspace for users, partnering with other organizations and becoming financially sustainable. 

Source: Marsha Madle, MARC
Writer: Natalie Burg, Develoment News Editor
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