Are you a researcher, engineer, computer scientist or high-tech expert who dreams of owning your own business, but lacks the resources to get it started?
If so, then get in touch with the just-opened $1.5 million small business "incubator," located at the gates of Augusta Technical Institute. The non-profit Southeastern Technology Center offers technical help and very inexpensive office space to help fledgling entrepreneurs get their company off the ground.
The 18,500-square foot facility can house up to 20 tenants. Entrepreneurs who qualify will get plenty of help in every aspect of their business, including research, development, legal and marketing.
The STC is partially taxpayer supported, but it also draws heavily on the private sector, says spokeswoman Helen Blocker-Adams.
The Center provides an extraordinary opportunity for technology-savvy business people to take advantage of technologies developed at area government institutions such as Savannah River Site.
The STC is another fine example of the public and private sectors working together to open up new avenues of economic opportunity. "I believe there's some Bill Gateses out there tinkering in their garages," says Blocker Adams.
If she's right, they now know how to get started.