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A center with inexpensive office space, meeting/training rooms, equipment and technical support to help startups and small businesses grow and “graduate” to their own offices.
At least 5,000 square feet on or near Main Street in Warrenton.
County government, George Mason University and possibly chambers of commerce.
• Operating costs:
Estimated $123,430 in first year, rising to $158,240, when it would generate surplus revenue.
Mason Enterprise Center employee, earning $70,000 salary, included in operating costs.
• Up-front costs:
Estimated at $63,500 for furniture, AV equipment, phones, network equipment, etc. Excludes real estate.
• Real estate:
Options include renting at $88,000 a year, buying/renovating for about $1 million and building at $3 million or more.
Rests with board of supervisors, which soon will consider real estate options in greater depth.
• Other centers:
Mason has business incubators in Fairfax, Leesburg, Prince William and Springfield.
• Website: http://www.masonenterprisecenter.org