Business incubator in St. Landry offers opportunity - KLFY News 10

Business incubator in St. Landry offers opportunity

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Inside the St. Landry Economic and Industrial Development District building is what is considered a place of opportunity for small business owners and entrepreneurs. In other words, it's a business incubator.

Executive Director of SLEIDD, Bill Rodier says it's an effort in its infancy, but slowly picking up. It's there where start-ups can find resources and also office space.

"We offer very low overhead costs for them to come in if they need a physical office space, if they need warehouse space," said Rodier.

In a few months, Rodier says they'll renovate the common area to provide more than just square footage. 

"We want to continue to morph into this nice looking, business education, classroom type of environment that we hope will be useful to all sorts of businesses across the parish," said Rodier.

It's also an opportunity for businesses to create a name and identity for themselves. And what better what than to have a sign sitting along one of the parish's busiest roadways?

New business, Relentless Designs sits inside the business incubator in their own creative lab.

It was costly just to start the 3D printing design company, so having a space to rent out at low cost has given them the jumpstart they needed.

"I got a nice space, one flat fee," said Vinnie Savoy, a 3D engineer for Relentless Designs. "I don't have to worry about paying 15 bills, just one fee that's it."

Savoy says the business started while living in his parents' house and around six months ago, he knew it was time to venture out. And there's no doubt it's a reason why their business has picked up.

"It definitely makes it look more professional," said Savoy. "If you have your own office, own space, so you can have customers come in, sit down and talk. It's better than having them come into your bedroom."

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