A hub for entrepreneurs: Superior mayor has big plans for old post office

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 12:16 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2021 at 2:36 PM CST
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SUPERIOR, WI. (KBJR) - Built more than 100 years ago, the former post office may serve a new purpose.

Superior Mayor Jim Paine plans to create a one-stop-shop of services for people looking to start a new business.

The city and local organizations are working together to obtain funding for the project.

“The Development Association will purchase and own the building. The city is applying for a grant on their behalf and will provide an incentive of no more than 10% of the purchase cost,” said Paine.

“We already have a great team of advocates for business, existing and new, but putting them in one space that’s accessible and known to the public helps make sure that nobody gets left behind,” said Paine.

Paine said having one central location will allow greater collaboration between business owners and the people who can help them.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers toured the building Thursday.

“This idea of collaboration is really, really important in order to have economic stability here in Superior,” said Governor Evers.

While the City of Superior will help the Development Association provide the building, running the center will fall to WiSys Venture Home, a University of Wisconsin organization.

They operate two similar centers in other parts of the state but tailor each one to the community it’s in.

“The way that we’ve structured these Venturehomes is to really make sure that the local government and the local entrepreneurship ecosystem are key participants in making the Venturehome a success,” said Arjun Sanga, President of WiSys.

For Paine, the center’s success will be measured by the businesses it will eventually create.

“That’s what this is about, a team that will be working all year long, to rebuild and revitalize a thriving business community,” said Paine.

No word yet on exactly when the center will be complete, but Paine said they will open it in phases and expand to its full potential over the next couple years.

Some of the funding is coming from the American Rescue Plan.

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