In 2017, OzSBI completed the renovation of its second floor, adding 10,000 square feet of office, meeting and coworking space to the already-bustling environment. The incubator now boasts more than 21,000 square feet of modern office space with high speed fiber internet, a robust mentoring network of 20 highly qualified business mentors, and a brand new microloan program for Oregon County.
In 2017, OzSBI helped six new businesses move in, and provided business assistance to six existing companies through our Affiliate program. Eighteen entrepreneurs graduated from LaunchU, a nine-week business development program offered exclusively at the Incubator. OzSBI was also awarded an USDA grant to help local manufacturers grow and started a community Tech Meetup to spur the development of innovative technology-centric businesses in the region.
Our goal for 2018 is to continue our work incubating new ideas and new businesses, while creating new opportunities to engage the business community.