Business Incubator

Business Incubator

The Ellensburg Business Incubator creates jobs by helping entrepreneurs and small start-up or expanding businesses access resources needed to sustain and grow their business. 

Built in 1989, the City of Ellensburg's Business Incubator is conveniently located off Dolarway near Ellensburg Downtown. The approximately 9,600 square feet of space accommodates up to seven businesses, has a kitchen and shared restroom facilities. The Ellensburg Business Development Authority or EBDA manages the Incubator for the City.

The Ellensburg Business Incubator provides a supportive environment for small businesses to launch their business. To allow your business to take root and grow, tenants at the Incubator pay below market rental rates for space, which rise slightly toward market rates as your business matures.

In addition to below market rent, business consulting services such as business planning, marketing, e-commerce, financials and the like are available upon request. We also have a pool of expert mentors ready to help with Incubator tenant's needs.

Just the Facts about Incubators


Nationwide, business incubators are not a new concept.  Today, incubators are being used world wide as an economic development tool to increase competitiveness in emerging markets. The business incubation model traces its beginnings to the late 1950s. 

The statistical data provided below has been reported by the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) and the Small Business Association (SBA).

  • Business incubators reduce the risk of small business failures. Historically, NBIA member incubators have reported that 87 percent of all firms that have graduated from their incubators are still in business.
  • NBIA estimates that North American incubator client and graduate companies have created about half a million jobs since 1980. That is enough jobs to employ every person living in Denver, CO.
  • Every 50 jobs created by an incubator client generate approximately 25 more jobs in the same community.
  • NBIA estimates that in 2005 alone, North American incubators assisted more than 27,000 start-up companies that provided full-time employment for more than 100,000 workers and generated annual revenue of more than $17 billion.
  • NBIA also reports incubator companies grow an average of 400% during their stay.
  • Business incubators can reduce start-up costs by 40-50%.