Springfield entrepreneurship hub considers expansion

Springfield’s efactory, a business incubator and entrepreneurial space affiliated with Missouri State University, is exploring expansion opportunities, according to a press release.

One option for expansion is the second floor of the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center, which is home to Missouri State’s cooperative engineering program. The space covers 16,000 square feet.

“We are in the early exploratory phases and are working to identify costs and funding sources,” Rachel Anderson, the efactory’s director, wrote in an email.

The expansion would create space for more private offices and conference rooms, and an area for collaboration on the building’s mezzanine level. Since the incubator’s opening in 2013 in downtown Springfield, the private offices have been occupied for nearly two years, according to the release.

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