According to the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), “Business incubators nurture the development of entrepreneurial companies, helping them survive and grow during the start-up period, when they are most vulnerable. These programs provide their client companies with business support services and resources tailored to young firms. The most common goals of incubation programs are: creating jobs in a community, enhancing a community’s entrepreneurial climate, retaining businesses in a community, building or accelerating growth in a local industry and diversifying local economies.”

CREATE Opportunity stands for Creating Resilient Economies by Assisting Transforming Entrepreneurs. The initiative includes a network of strategic partners working together to create jobs and to help diversify our local economy. The Commercialization Station located at 1642 Bluefield Avenue is a “dirty space” manufacturing incubator. Once renovations and upgrades are complete, there will be 5 bays for business incubation. To learn more about the Commercialization Station and what services are available to help grow your business, please contact: Jim Spencer, Community & Economic Development Director, at (304) 327-2402 ext. 2405 or