Membership in the Wachusett Business Incubator

The Wachusett Business Incubator develops novel programs for the marketplace.  But it is also available to you as a co-working space.

We want to let you know we’re here for you when you need a desk for a bit of time, or require a meeting space for the day and want to surround yourself with other like-minded folks building, innovating and taking part in a positive business community.  

Want to learn more? Contact us today or find membership and daily rates here.   Here is an overview of membership services.  

 

Membership Program

Members of Wachusett Business Incubator have access to a number of services based on membership level.  Some of the benefits of membership with tenancy include:

  • Having a bonafide business address where member can meet with clients or customers, suppliers, and colleagues
  • Access to the on-site executive director
  • Access to shared equipment and high speed internet
  • Ability to schedule the use of presentation space for workshops, seminars and other presentations for groups of up to 30 people
  • Networking opportunities

Full-Time Tenant   $390/month

A full-time tenant membership has unlimited use of a dedicated, furnished office space within the incubator. Additionally, This tenant has access to the shared conference room and presentation spaces (by appointment), kitchen/coffee area, and all of the equipment including high speed internet, printer/copier/fax machine. Additionally, full-time tenants can request time to meet with the executive director for business planning consultation.

Shared Tenancy   $195/month

Shared tenancy entitles the member to a shared, furnished office space, for up to 20 hours per week. The schedule for use of that office space is pre-arranged. While in the office, the tenant has access to the shared conference and presentation spaces (by appointment), kitchen/coffee area, and all of the equipment including high speed internet, printer/copier/fax machine. Additionally, He or she can request time to meet with the executive director for business planning consultation.

Affiliate Member  $185/year

An affiliate member is entitled to a 2-hour business planning consultation with the executive director and may request consultation with other professionals at a member rate. Additionally, an affiliate can schedule use of the conference room or presentation space, including kitchen/coffee area at a discounted rate.

Day Trippers   $25/day

Day Trippers may utilize all public areas, host small meetings at one of the existing tables.  You may also choose between conference rooms pending availability.

 

Wachusett Business Incubator announces Open Hours

The Wachusett Business Incubator is pleased to announce we will be hosting open office hours with our executive director Scott M. Graves

Hours will take place weekly on Fridays from 10:00AM to 12:00PM and Mondays 5:00PM-7:00PM.  Prospective entrepreneurs are encouraged to call or message WBI ahead of time to secure a time slot but nobody will be turned away during these time slots.

Why meet with Scott during open hours?  Prospective candidates for the WBI Leadership Candidates Program, as well as individuals interested in our membership programs, training programs and other amenities should consider meeting a worthwhile endeavor.

The WBI will also present topics of discussion, feature our existing candidates and other programming, offer special services and host social functions from time to time during open hours.  Check our schedule to find out more.

We want to hear from you!  Come prepared with your ideas, concepts to present, questions to be answered and energy to join our ever-growing community of like-minded entrepreneurs and industry professionals.

Open Hours will begin December 2, 2019.  

Scott M. Graves is Executive Director of the Wachusett Business Incubator and founder of Smash Music, an independent music education and merchandising company in Massachusetts.

Find out how you can benefit from the WBI’s Leadership Candidates Program.

Our Latest Video: Follow Your Dream

Why are you listening to those outer voices that keep you from realizing your goals?  

Let’s face it, even the folks that love us the most at times compromise our ability to take risks.  While this comes out of love, taking risks and discovering new capabilities is at the heart of what it means to be alive.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE  

The Wachusett Business Incubator represents a comprehensive set of resources that can help you launch.  And that boils down to people.  Here you’ll find the people that can help you, support you, be a part of your entrepreneurial community.

Love Learning!  Join us and follow that inner voice that knows who you really want to be!

Scott M. Graves

executive director

 

What is the Leadership Candidate Program?

The Wachusett Business Incubator is unique among all incubator and accelerator programs.

Our Leadership Candidate Program focuses energy on developing intellectual property for the marketplace. We do this by managing the business plan in-house. Each plan is designed to readily take advantage of existing businesses, investors and other regional resources to ensure our plans under development co-exist meaningfully in the regional business community.

 

We  focus on various solutions for the marketplace that result in a maximum opportunity to produce employment at a professional class status. We curate intellectual property in a way that maximizes financial benefit to the incubator, the inventor and all other stakeholders to the project.

We are ‘Percolators’. 

In this way, we are turning the meaningless idea of the pitch contest on its head. We seek leadership candidates and we train and develop the future employees bringing to bear strategic relationships, namely with our regional academic institutions (Mount Wachusett Community College, Fitchburg State University) and workforce organizations (MassHire, North Central Workforce Board).  This core programming is our response to real-time experience we’re encountering in our regional business community. We believe our approach is sound and is replicable in a number of regional scenarios. We are committed to the singular purpose of discovering what comes next for Gardner and its neighbors. Our clients, funders, academic peers and citizens deserve no less.

For Inventors

• The WBI approach ensures a focus on getting your IP to market.

• The WBI does not ask for a controlling interest in your business. Our proposals are fair to all

parties allowing you the opportunity to retain control of your business.

• Focus on what you do best. Generate ideas while the WBI brings your ideas to market.

For Investors

• WBI retains IP in order to mitigate risk to you and to all stakeholders.

• The WBI curates intellectual Property for maximum benefit to all stakeholders.

• WBI empowers leadership candidates and future employees creating the right team.

Want to learn more? Contact us today regarding the benefits of working with the Wachusett  Business Incubator.

 

 

Scott M. Graves is Executive Director of the Wachusett Business Incubator and founder of Smash Music, an independent music education and merchandising company in Massachusetts.  Find out how you can benefit from the WBI’s Leadership Candidates Program.

Why Here? Why Us? Why Now?

There is a disease infecting thousands of cities and towns in the United States, effecting the lives of millions of our citizens.  This article brings to light this phenomenon and what one small organization, our organization is doing to combat this infection and answer the question, ‘What Comes Next’?

De-Industrialization came late to our little city of Gardner, MA, the smallest chartered city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A process that for some began more than a century ago began for most of us within living memory of a significant portion of our adult population.  For the rest of our younger population, the effects of economic deprivation have profoundly effected their lives in a myriad number of ways.

No characteristic of this recent deprivation is felt more by MORE of us in this community than the psychological one.  Entrepreneurs and other change makers know what I refer to.

So in this article I want to answer the question Why here, why us, why now? Why Gardner and what makes you think something new will work here?

“This curious world in which we inhabit is more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used.”  -Henry David Thoreau 

There has never been a time in recent memory when localized change is more important and more possible.  Many of our most important institutions are repeatedly letting our population down.  Corporatization of major systems like energy, food and transportation have placed significant pressure on independent, diversified and employee-centric business. While it would be easy to despair, may we consider that this environment presents an opportunity and a responsibility.

A responsibility we have to each other to enact great change.  This is necessary as the stakes to our environment and ourselves is so great.

An opportunity due to the lack of attention being given us by governmental and industrial concerns.  It is necessary for us to dive headlong into new economic opportunities.  These opportunities should embrace the idea that predatory business models need not apply; that degradation of our environment, our land, our people in the name of profit is not a winning model; that the de-centralization of major energy, food and industrial systems that creates wide opportunity to entrepreneurs presents a worthwhile effort.

This explanation settles the question of  why us and why now?  Now we get to why here?

This requires a simple explanation.  We must believe first that we deserve as a community and as individuals success in our lives together.  That the core of such success must come from a place of deep meaning and of love and pleasure.  Specifically, I refer to the kind of pleasure and love derived from the satisfaction of taking part in a dynamic and consciously lead effort which values humanity.  Farmers instinctively understand this.

Henry David Thoreau said it better than me in addressing his graduating class at Harvard in 1837, “This curious world in which we inhabit is more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used.”

So why here?  Because we’re here.  You and I are here.  This place has been inhabited for centuries by hard working people.  Because they deserve a legacy.  Because we deserve success.

The effort made every day by the great folks of our Wachusett Business Incubator exemplify these ideas.  We’re proud of this place and we have designed programs to help you discover this.  We invite you to work together.

 

Scott M. Graves is Executive Director of the Wachusett Business Incubator and founder of Smash Music, an independent music education and merchandising company in Massachusetts.  Find out how you can benefit from the WBI’s Leadership Candidates Program.