March 19, 2013 – Manitowoc, WI – Lakeshore Community Action Program has announced the formation of the Lakeshore CAP Business Incubator effective March 15, 2013, at its location in Manitowoc at 702 State Street. “While business retention and growth is an important part of this area’s economic future,” said Michael Huck, Executive Director of Lakeshore CAP, “we see additional unmet needs in encouraging and assisting entrepreneurs who wish to pursue their dreams on their own.”
The initial space available for small or new businesses to lease consists of several enclosed offices and work stations with access to high speed Internet connections, wifi, office equipment including copiers and fax machines, a common kitchen, and a series of conference rooms with A/V facilities. Mail will be accepted and some receptionist functions will also be included in the lease.
“As our mission is to help individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency and even to thrive in today’s economy, leases will be negotiated at a rate dependent upon the lessee’s ability to pay. Tenants of all income levels are welcome to share in the services. We will be working with the Economic Development Corporation of Manitowoc County and other business and training organizations to provide technical assistance in setting up and successfully operating an independent business,” added Huck.
The Lakeshore CAP Business Incubator is the first step in a larger effort to reach the un- and underemployed with the tools to enable them to increase their earning power. “This program provides an opportunity to help nurture and enhance job growth in Manitowoc County. I look forward to assisting entrepreneurs in pursuing their dream of owning a business,” says Shirley Lau, Manager of the Business Incubator Program at Lakeshore CAP.
“At the heart of it, we are an organization dedicated to reducing the incidence and effects of poverty. While many of our existing programs work toward relieving the immediate consequences, the key to eliminating the effects of low income over the long term is to provide opportunities for people to increase their earning potentials. Training and fostering entrepreneurs are two ways we can help those with that inclination. In turn, some of them will create the jobs that will make our area attractive and more prosperous,” said Huck.
Applicants and other interested parties can call Lakeshore CAP at 920-682-3737 for descriptions of the available space and more information about the program.