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Small business incubator wants to help Fairmont entrepreneurs grow amid pandemic



Small businesses are in for a much-needed boost.
The Fairmont Community Development Partnership has been helping with local development in Marion County for decades and this week it began accepting applications for its revived Excelerator and microloan programs.
Partnership officials describe the Excelerator as a “small business incubator” in which small business owners can choose from several membership plans to rent office space and have access to tools and resources that are needed to run a business. The Excelerator is located at 517 Fairmont Ave.
Kayleigh Kyle, executive director for the Partnership, said that COVID-19 has put a lot of stress on small businesses and their programs offer a bit of timely assistance.
“[Small businesses] are integral to our local economy. When you look at downtown development then you see that the small businesses are really the ones driving things,” Kyle said. “They’re usually the services we tend to go to the most and, during COVID, they experienced the most detriment and heartache.”
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