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Incubator Evicts Small Businesses

The Bonner Business Center is ending its run as a small-business incubator. (Photo: Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Ever since Chris Tate got the letter from the city of Sandpoint two weeks ago, he's been on the phone with his brother, trying to save the company they founded. For the past six years, the Tates have run a premium cereal company called Lifestyle Granolas out of the Bonner Business Center. For 22 years, the Center had been an "incubator," intended to serve as an inexpensive startup location allowing businesses to share resources as they grew. Run by the city of Sandpoint, the center was equipped with a commercial kitchen for food manufacturers and multiple loading bays for distribution. But the letter, signed by Jeremy Grimm, Sandpoint's planning and community development director, informed him that he would be evicted in 45 days. With one exception, every tenant in the Center, including more than a dozen commercial kitchen users, is being kicked out/Daniel Walters, Inlander. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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