Economic Development News

Revitalizing the business core of Madison Square.

Revitalizing the business core of Madison Square.

Posted: 11-04-2011

On Friday, November 11, the LINC Business Center (formerly C&J plaza) will be completely renovated and reopened with six local businesses up and running. To celebrate, LINC is hosting a Grand Opening celebration on Friday with a press conference at 3:00pm and open house from 4:00pm-7:00pm.  This will provide a chance for community members to tour the new space, learn about LINC’s Business Incubation program and mingle with the business owners.

The commercial space at 1258 Madison Ave SE will be home to:

Epic Emporium an art gallery and gift shop featuring local artists’ pieces.

Klipper Kingdom a barber shop

Southtown Guitar teaching lessons and selling guitars

Raider Tek providing computer repair

Sydney’s Boutique selling women’s apparel

WYGR 1530 AM radio broadcasting studio

The LINC Business Center is a part of LINC’s economic development efforts seeking to develop the entrepreneurial spirit of our community, boost business ideas and expand the business base, thus creating viable businesses that strengthen the fabric of our neighborhoods. All of the business owners are from the Madison Square community, offering great products and services. Over the next three years, LINC will provide them with training and assistance in accounting, marketing, legal, project management, HR management and other resources through the Business Incubation program.

The incubation program operates like a “hands on business school,” partnering with other organizations such as MI-SBTDC, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, GROW and others to provide various trainings, ensuring that at the end of the 3-year program, the businesses are sustainable and thriving.

By investing in the local business corridor, LINC is providing local jobs to previously unemployed residents, boosting the local economy by keeping resident dollars within the neighborhood, raising the property values of surrounding business and home owners, and bringing local businesses and services within reach of the community.

The Grand Opening celebration is free and open to the public.