Brooklyn Park’s Small Business Incubator Plans May Opening
Brooklyn Park city leaders are excited about progress being made at the new Small Business Center on the site of the former Northwind Plaza shopping center on Brooklyn Boulevard. It’s transformation into a hub for retail, office, and collaborative work spaces for small business owners of every experience level is about eighty percent complete, according to William Anderson, senior project manager of economic development for the city.
“Our goal is to have a mix of businesses in scale and maturity,” included in the project, said Anderson. “From new start-ups that are looking to find that right space, right place, where you know, margins are low, to businesses that are thriving and looking to just re-locate and operate differently.”
The goal is to house as many as 60 different businesses across 21 retail spaces and dedicated office space that can be rented by the day for whatever needs those businesses owners may have, Anderson said.
“We expect some businesses to use this space and it be so beneficial that they actually need to move out and move into a larger space,” he said. “So there’s always going to be an opportunity for a new and prospective business owner to get into this space, so the application process is on-going.”
The city garnered federal funding to help pay for the project last year after it bought the property for more than $7 million in 2020.
“People are not afraid to step out and take a risk and start something on their own and thrive, so having this space as a centralized location to bring our diverse community together through business and commerce is a win-win,” said Anderson.