The Innovation Center closes its business incubation hub to focus on the technology sector

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In an effort to streamline and eliminate duplication of business incubation services, the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Center (SSMIC) has closed its Queen Street accelerator center. Instead, SSMIC will support the Millworks Center for Entrepreneurship.While Millworks helps entrepreneurs start their businesses, SSMIC will continue to focus on activities and businesses in the information and communication technology sector.

Full text of a press release issued today by Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Center follows:

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Center (SSMIC), Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the City of Sault Ste. Marie collaborates to provide improved services to entrepreneurs in the region. SSMIC has closed its Accelerator Hub site at 258 Queen St and will instead focus on supporting EDC’s Millworks Center for Entrepreneurship, eliminating duplication of incubation services.

SSMIC and EDC have a long history of working together to drive business growth and provide services to entrepreneurs and this partnership was natural. Once the discussions started, the organizations worked on areas of integration and community development.

SSMIC will continue to focus on innovative companies with technology attributes and needs, while Millworks targets various start-ups. Since all start-ups face similar challenges, it made sense to group them together while they reside in an incubation program with business support services.

“When we collaborate, we end up being more effective in the community and for the community,” says SSMIC Executive Director Peter Bruijns. “We are reducing the possibility of overlap and are able to provide services to our region in a more rational manner.”

Both organizations offer multiple services to businesses and start-ups in the region, ranging from access to finance, workshops, e-learning and advice on business growth.

“Beyond sharing the incubation space, we will continue to work collaboratively to meet the needs of emerging businesses and entrepreneurs to provide advice, guidance, training and mentorship to start or grow a business,” and provide advice on innovation processes and commercialization channels ”. adds Bruijns. “We have many great resources for people with existing businesses and new ideas and we encourage everyone to contact either organization to find out how we can help you.”

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Center will continue to lead activities in the information and communications technology sector and technology-driven business clients, as well as the Economic Development Corporation with the City of Sault Ste. Marie will oversee and manage the incubation space and Millworks customer services.

“Partnering with the Innovation Center will ensure that we are providing increased services to local entrepreneurs and continuing our community development initiatives,” said Dan Hollingsworth, Corporation’s Director of Economic Development for the City of Sault Ste. Married. “Having the opportunity to work with partners allows us to achieve our common goals and to offer training sessions, counseling, seminars, mentoring, incubation and a collaborative workspace focused on small businesses.”

For more information and to find out more about the services available in the area, visit the Millworks Center for Entrepreneurship website and the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Center website.

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