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First Small Business Incubator Opens in Pocomoke City


POCOMOKE CITY, Md.- Business owner Dana Blanchard, of Pocomoke City, remembers earning his first dollar. But with the economy on the verge of tanking, he believes it is not a good time for entrepreneurs to test the waters.

"The first dollar wasn't all that," said Blanchard. He added, "I knew that was coming. It's the dollar, two years after opening, I was hoping for."

Although a debt-ceiling breach would push the economy into a free fall, Pocomoke's City Manager Russell Blake said the city is still hatching jobs with the help of Worcester County's first Small Business Incubator.

"Someone can get into this space with relatively little investment and that's why it's a good time," said Blake. "Because everything is set up."

The new business incubator helps start-up companies spread its wings. City Leaders said it offers affordable working space to small business start-ups. It also includes mentoring, workshops, and networking opportunities.

"It will help create new jobs," said Blake. "Get new businesses started and eventually expand the city's tax base."

Blake believes the incubator is a win-win situation. The more taxpayers Pocomoke City has, the lower the tax rates can be. But Blanchard said getting people to open up shop in this stale economy is tough.

"When they see after six months, they're losing money and spending a lot of their time and whatever, they bail out," said Blanchard.

But it's inside the Worcester County Small Business Incubator where start-ups may finally get the big-break they've been hoping for.

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