Vision Becomes Reality
Now complete, The Armory will houses the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, Michigan Small Business Development Center and the Shiawassee Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, as well as a variety of small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Offices will vary in size from large private suites to open-air, drop-in work stations that share common spaces and for-hire reception services. Tenants may have multiple employees or simply be a home-based entrepreneur who needs a desk and a professional place to meet with clients. The concept of shared facilities and services is a growing one that promotes affordability and efficiency.
The REV incubator – Realizing Entreprenurial Vision – will open soon and will offer start-up visionaries with myriad support resources, from fellow newbies to share ideas with, to seasoned professionals at the Small Business Development Center (located within The Armory) or other tenants.
Kincaid Henry Building Group of Lansing served as the construction manager. The firm has significant historical redevelopment experience, including similar work on other armories in the state.
There has been enthusiastic support for the armory initiative. It energized and served as the impetus for many other new investments in the downtown. Business, community and government leaders, as well as current and former residents, recognize its potential impact not just on Owosso’s downtown, but on the entire Shiawassee County region.
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