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County Funding Will Keep Business Incubator GrowingSubmitted: 11/29/2012

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EAGLE RIVER - A Northwoods Business incubator seems to be off and running.

The Vilas County Board is recognizing that.

The Board approved $100,000 in funding to keep the business incubator running.

This incubator, similar to a baby's incubator, helps small or infant businesses get going in Vilas County.

The Vilas County Economic Development Corporation opened the incubator earlier this year.

Two businesses use it as a home base right now.

Barry McLeane has been there from the start.

He thinks they're starting to make significant progress.

"Without the $100,000 for next year, we would be out of business by sometime after mid-year," McLeane said.

"Nobody wants that. We're just so happy the county board recognized the valuable contributions we're making to the county right now. We're just really coming into fruition."

The business incubator is working with Nicolet College to host classes starting in February 2013.

Beyond the classes, they're close to opening another spot in Manitowish Waters or Boulder Junction.

"We're also in the process now of negotiating for a second business incubator in the western part of the county, which is very exciting for us," McLeane said.

"It's a little bit bigger space than this and has the potential for some cash flow. We're just real excited."

McLeane hopes the second spot opens early next year.

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