One of the less popular startup projects is in the retail and restaurant industry. These ventures are not as sexy as the latest software or the new product that everyone is going to have to have. They are also riskier ventures because restaurants and retail shops are fickle creatures that fail for no obvious reason. It is because of this that these startups get ignored and there are not many groups that help support these entrepreneurs.
That is all about to change for one West Michigan city. The nonprofit Muskegon Retail Incubator Inc. has been formed to find those wanting to start small retail, food or beverage businesses, get their businesses organized and have them locate in the downtown Muskegon. MRI has settled in the main and lower levels of the Russell Block Building to provide a market-style space for retailers and food vendors. MRI is also partnering with other local startup groups to provide its members with access to other startup and entrepreneurial aid.
All startups need groups like MRI. An entrepreneur is only as good as the team he has around him or her. For new entrepreneurs it can be like wondering in the dark trying to put the right team and gaining access to the right aid to give them the best chance at success. A group like MRI can help point them in the right direction and get a great jump on their endeavor.
Source: “Muskegon Retail Incubator focused on downtown redevelopment, new business start-ups” by Dave Alexander of MLive.com