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      Small town incubator draws international interest

      A group of entrepreneurs from all over the country is bringing big ideas to life in a small northern Michigan community.


      A

      group of entrepreneurs from all over the country are bringing big ideas to life in a small northern
      Michigan community.


      Coolhouse



      L

      abs in
      Harbor Springs helps entrepreneurs get funding and guidance to develop their business plans.


      J

      ordan
      Breighner is on the ground floor at Coolhouse Labs. His hope is to make Harbor Springs the destination for people with an idea.


      "

      You come here and you can have th

      ese

      focused resources wh

      ere

      you can come in and work for
      ten weeks, build a business and get all the resources you would get in a big city, but you can get it in a place that's focused on you," Coolhouse Labs Founder Jordan Breighner said.


      Five

      tech startups are currently developing their business plans.

      E

      ach team from a different region

      ,

      some from
      Chicago, New York, and one team from Taiwan.


      "

      It's pretty simple we give them
      $25,000, we give them access to our mentor network that's about 50 strong now, and we give them resources to help them build their company in ten weeks," Breighner said.


      S

      o far the businesses have found this incubator rather helpful.

      T

      ariq
      Dixon is working on a website for men's fashion and style called TRNK New York.


      "

      I think we are much more focused and we have a much clearer vision about the next six months, 12 months

      ,

      and even 5 years down the line

      ,



      s

      o I think we have a good path

      ," Dixon said.




      T

      hey have

      until August 23rd to develop their plan

      before they debut their work before a panel of investors



      and then they will find out if their business will continue to grow.



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