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      Incubator looks to help local entrepreneurs grow

      A new SmartZone technology business accelerator opened it's doors Friday in Sault Ste. Marie.

      A new SmartZone technology business accelerator opened it's doors today in Sault Ste. Marie.

      I t's expected to help local entrepren eu rs turn small ideas into big business.

      G overnor Rick Snyder was on hand for the grand opening to get a first hand look at this new facility.

      " This is about jobs , but it ' s also about careers for young people and that's why SmartZones are so important and that's why I'm really proud to say Sault Ste. Marie will have a smart zone now," Gov. Snyder said.

      T his new business incubator in Chippewa County marks the 15th SmartZone around the state and the second built in the Upper Peninsula.

      T his center will focus on attracting local tech companies and will attempt to keep young entrepreneurs in the area.

      " What our real focus is, is creating those jobs right here in the eastern Upper Peninsula, so there are jobs for students entering the workforce," Sault Ste. Marie City Manager Spencer Nebel said.

      T his SmartZone is a technology hub that is designed to promote collaboration.

      T he center will provide entrepren eu rs with resources and partnerships to help their idea grow into a business and eventually help them establish roots in the community so they can expand , which will likely lead to job creation.

      S o far , the center already has a few projects slated for the fall, but they will be constantly looking for new ideas to bring to the table for development.

      G overnor Snyder believes this center like the many others around the state will provide a boost to the local economy.

      "T here have been many good things going on in the Sault Ste. Marie for many years , but now we have one stop shopping as a focal point for start up companies and I think that will work out well ," Gov. Snyder said.