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July 10, 2014

Chamber’s incubator should help Comanche business

DUNCAN — The Comanche Area Chamber of Commerce has new business on the brain.

A small business incubator was the topic of discussion at the chamber’s July meeting on Wednesday.

President Trent Young introduced the idea to interested chamber members. With a background in marketing, Young sees an incubator as an asset that would enable the small town to grow, bring in new families and create businesses, he said.   

“I have a tendency to dream big sometimes,” he said. “It gets me in trouble, but I think that we can do this.”

While chamber members supported the decision, their biggest concern faced the incubator’s location.

“We need to find a place to do this,” Young said. “There are a lot of people with skills in our community. They can make stuff, build stuff and perform other jobs. They may have a dream to start a business. We want to help them out. We want to encourage our existing businesses, but we also want to encourage our new businesses as well.”

Young ended the discussion by recommending chamber members look for possible buildings to house the offices.

“I feel like this is what we are supposed to do,” Young said. “We are supposed to push these things. If we don’t push them, we will continue to do the same stuff.”

The president hopes to see the chamber assist in the creation of new businesses by the end of the year.

“We see chamber buildings and other things that towns have,” Young said. “Unfortunately, we Comanche folks do not believe we deserve the good stuff. I’m sorry. That’s bologna. We deserve the good stuff. We deserve the businesses. We just have to work on it.”

    Other items:

  •    The chamber voted to place spotlights on two businesses in the newspaper.  
  •    Members voted to purchase 30 new American flags to replace their tattered ones.
  •    The chamber will sponsor the Light the Night event on Aug. 22 at Duncan Regional Hospital.
  •    Members will participate in Comanche’s City Pep Rally on Sept. 3.
  •    Chamber members received information and accepted dontations for Duncan Regional Hospice’s Christmas in July.    

“We have a lot of wonderful folks here in Comanche,” Young said. “I am excited about the possibilities. There are some hurdles, but we can accomplish some things. We just have to keep pushing.”

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