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Eye on Entrepreneurs business incubator gives artists a new venue Submitted: 07/30/2016
EAGLE RIVER - When you think of entrepreneurs you probably think of technology startups or new inventions.

But the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation wants to focus on artists as entrepreneurs as well. 

With the latest business incubator in Eagle River, they've done just that.


Four artists have set up shop in the Eye on Entrepreneurs building.

"It was Karl Rudebush that bought the facility and his idea was to have a series of creative venues in this location," said VCEDC Project Manager Barry McLeane. 

The Incubator is set up with free Wi-Fi and sitting area in hopes that people will stop in to relax and check out the artist's work.

"Other places in Vilas County are becoming for bicycles and the destination for retreats," said McLeane. "We think Eagle River can easily become the art destination in Vilas County."

For people that aren't content just seeing the artwork, McLeane hopes people will sign up for classes to learn from these entrepreneurs.

One artist, Erica Johnson, owns The Blank Canvas. People can rent out space to work on their projects or sign up to take classes from Johnson.

The ultimate goal for the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation is to get young people to stay and start their own businesses here in the Northwoods.

"If we can just get ten percent of them to stay here we are way, way ahead of the game," said McLeane.


Story By: Katie Thoresen

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