By Maureen Werther
Kate Baker has been at her new job for two months. As director of SUNY Adirondack’s new Business Central—a program devoted to fostering entrepreneurship and developing relationships between students, community members and regional businesses in Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties—her job is to facilitate the growth of the region through entrepreneurship, collaboration and innovation.
Baker is no stranger to entrepreneurial endeavors and helping people start new businesses. She came to SUNY Adirondack with 11 years of experience under her belt from her tenure with the SUNY Albany’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), where she helped more than 1100 new businesses in the Capital Region.
Business Central officially opened its doors on Jan. 8 in the newly built Adirondack Hall’s North wing. Baker described it as a “one-stop shop,” open to both students and members of the surrounding region to receive support and assistance as they contemplate starting up a new business or are looking to expand an existing business. It is also a place for students to come who are looking for internships or full-time employment opportunities.
Business Central is part of the 13,250-square-foot building addition and it offers a 4,100-square-foot conference space – the Northwest Bay Conference Center. Baker said it can accommodate up to 300 people.