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RCEDA's "Rent-a-Desk" will help startups
A new program in the planning stages from Randolph County Economic Development Authority would help small startup companies with a need for inexpensive space.
During the July meeting, director Bryant Whaley announced the beginning stages of "Rent A Desk." He is currently in the process of designing and costing out materials to remodel 1,500square feet of the RCEDA building into rentable space for new startup companies. The warehouse space would be turned into eight to ten cubicles with a desk and chairs in each cubical. A person will be responsible for a computer and any other supplies.
The only cost to a person would be to rent a desk. The rent will be month to month at $50 a month, and they will cover all of their expenses. Internet, power and utilities will be included.
The program is designed for someone who has just started a new company or is operating a small company who needs space, but can't afford a big office space in town. They can rent a desk, and as the business progresses and grows, then they can move on to bigger locations.
The RCEDA will aid in business counseling and mentoring and serve as a liaison to other resources. RCEDA's goal is to become a small business incubator. It is hoped that construction will begin within the next six to eight weeks.