Small business hub starting up in Rifle
In an effort to make Rifle a better home for those who want to start up a small business, the Rifle economic development team will be opening office space downtown in early 2019 for just that reason.
The shared office space will provide a place for small business owners to use for anything from simply having desk space to business mentoring.
Rifle Economic Development Corporation Assistant Director Katie Mackley said the plan is to have eight to 10 desks for businesses to work from. She said two businesses have already signed up with several others in the community interested.
“With this building downtown and 24/7 access for members, we hope to create a lot more visibility in terms of what EDC does,” said EDC Executive Director Michael Langhorne. “People will realize all that’s available to them. We are hoping to create a hub.”
There are also plans to have a small business help desk that will have rotating hours for different activities, including business mentorship or other essentials for business owners.
Mackley explained that starting a business in a rural community presents its own set of challenges, as different industries are struggling in rural area, such as retail.
“We hope to set this up as a one-stop shop on how to start a business,” Mackley added. “We want to assist people in starting up or helping existing business owners expand. We think having a resource center in Western Garfield County will be tremendous.”
The resource center is scheduled to open sometime in February 2019.