- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The city of Williston’s first business incubator is taking applications and will be hosting an open house on Tuesday.

The center, established by Williston State College officials in conjunction with business leaders to provide a resource for startup companies to develop, is located in the Crighton Building and led by the school’s continuing education division, the Williston Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1OtdQlz ).

Deanette Piesik, CEO of TrainND-Northwest, said the oil boom drew many startup ventures to Williston, prompting his company, the college and Williston Economic Development to discuss solutions to help. Raymond Nadolny, Williston State College’s president, saw merit in introducing a business incubator after noting that community college campuses elsewhere host similar incubators, Piesik said.

The incubator will provide access to a professional workspace with high-speed Internet, phone service, a conference room, on-site security and a shared receptionist. Six furnished offices offering between 96 and 234 square feet and two classrooms are available for three categories of applications: anchor tenants, resident tenants and short-term tenants.

Anchor tenants are existing companies that will be provided permanent office space with access to a conference room when needed on 6-, 12-, 24-, or 36-month leases. Resident tenants are startup companies with workspace access on the same terms as anchor tenants.

Short-term tenants are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. They can rent offices on month-to-month contracts that will not exceed five months.

Williston’s business incubator came out of the work of Taylor Gauthier, a 2016 Leadership Williston Graduate who used the incubator as her final project. Gauthier now leads the incubator advisory committee as business incubator director.

“Taylor has worked many hours putting the final product together,” Piesik said.

The open house is planned for Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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Information from: Williston Herald, https://www.willistonherald.com

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