As of July 1, 2016, the Ocala I.T. Professionals is taking up residence at the Ocala Power Plant Business Incubator!
Since a few months after our group was founded in 2014, the Power Plant and the Ocala CEP has been one of our sponsors and has provided us with regular meeting space for our presentations. Our mission to help grow Ocala’s I.T. community and connect local experts with businesses is closely aligned with their mission to help new businesses succeed over the long-term and create new jobs.
Our new office at the Power Plant will enable greater communication between our group and the businesses that the incubator is helping to grow. We will also be able to work closer with the Power Plant staff and make more connections throughout Ocala’s business community.
In addition to benefiting our group, this will give our members more of an opportunity to see the kind of resources the Power Plant has to offer to new businesses. Just today, I was meeting with a prospective speaker for an upcoming meeting and I was able to show him a couple of the facility’s highlights. That included the excellent training room where we’ve been holding our meetings and the work center for the Power Plant’s Affiliate Program.
While full residents at the Power Plant go through a review and acceptance process, affiliates are able to get a daytime work space at the incubator without the full Residency process. While this space is a cubicle rather than a full office and does not include all of the benefits of the Resident plan, it is a low-cost alternative to traditional office space. This kind of co-working is a great first step for moving your home office to a business address. For more information on the benefits of both the Resident and Affiliate programs contact Angela Busler or Ryan Lilly.
This is a great move for the Ocala I.T. Professionals and I look forward to working with the Power Plant in the year to come. We’re both seeking to expand opportunities for everyone in Ocala and this kind of partnership can only further that goal.