BRADENTON — The approval from a VIP guest Tuesday went a long way toward upping the profile of a relatively new business and innovation center near downtown Bradenton.
Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, became the first elected federal or state representative to drop by the Station 2 Innovation Center since it opened about six months ago. The center, which operates out of the historic former Village of Manatee Town Hall building at 912 Seventh Ave. E., offers co-working office space for members, assistance for new business moving into the area and will soon start a business incubator course.
Buchanan, a vocal supporter of small business, said he believes supporting new business owners is critical to the growth of the nation’s economy.
“There’s nothing more important than small business entrepreneurships and jobs,” Buchanan said. “I think we can do more of that here.”
The congressman’s stamp of approval and his visit were important to Hand and Schultes. They are gearing up to host the Florida Business Incubator Association’s fall conference at Station 2 in early October and will simultaneously kick off the incubator program.
“This is that extra stamp,” Hand said.