A working group has been formed to determine the feasibility of a business incubator in Huntington. This business incubator would help start-ups, student-led ventures and existing firms be more successful by helping them overcome barriers facing small and early stage businesses. Business incubators typically accomplish this by providing space for 10-20 small and start-up businesses, encouraging networking, providing ready access to business assistance through on-site workshops and 1-on-1 help, and providing shared resources like a photocopier, receptionist, and conference room.

This incubator might include facilities and resources that focus on the needs of some targeted industries. However, the incubator likely would be “mixed-use,” meaning it would assist existing small and start-up businesses in many different industries. The incubator is expected to be affiliated with Marshall University, but be open to small and start-up firms regardless of whether they are associated with the university.

To help us decide if a business incubator makes sense for Huntington and how it might be focused, we are asking for your opinion about it and some of the key features it should have in a brief survey. Please take a few moments to complete this survey to share your thoughts with us. The survey information will be collected confidentially by our consultant, Greenwood Consulting Group, which will compile the feedback for our use.

The survey can be completed online at

If you prefer, you may print and return the attached copy of the survey to: Business Incubator Survey, Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc., PO Box 66, Tuckasegee, NC 28783.

You also can fax it to 828-293-9507, or e-mail a scanned copy to

Please provide your feedback by September 25, 2017.

Thanks in advance for your participation!
John Maher, VP for Research, Marshall University
Charlotte Weber, VP for Federal Programs, Marshall University
David Lieving, President, HADCO
Bill Bissett, President, Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce