A partnership to nurture startups

The old Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club building in eastern Winston-Salem that long fostered the growth of children now has new life as a place for nurturing businesses.

The Enterprise Center — a business incubator and community learning center for startup and emerging companies — is expected to open June 1 at 1922 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. It’s owned by the Simon G. Atkins Community Development Corp., a Winston-Salem State University partner agency.

Wake Forest University School of Law’s Community Law and Business Clinic will offer services at the center, according to clinic Director Steve Virgil.

The agency has developed a plan to guide commercial and residential development along a 3-mile section of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive between U.S. 52 and Waughtown Street. The CDC considers The Enterprise Center the anchor for the south end of the corridor.

“Our board of directors decided that a business incubator would be an appropriate strategy for job creation and economic development at this part of the corridor,” said Carol Davis, executive director of the S.G. Atkins CDC, which is moving into the center.

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