CAMBRIDGE — “It’s clear that Dorchester County is in the midst of a renaissance,” Dorchester Banner Publisher Darel LaPrade said to a group of county officials and local business leaders.
Mr. LaPrade, who is also senior vice president of Independent Newspapers, Inc., was speaking during the unveiling of the latest Dorchester Profile magazine in the offices of Dorchester County Economic Development (DCED). Compiled and designed by Banner Special Projects Editor Paul Clipper, the publication was commissioned by DCED to highlight the advantages of the county and to encourage businesses to grow in Dorchester.
The glossy magazine includes striking photographs of local commercial and leisure activities, as well as information on companies that are thriving in Dorchester County’s environment, a mix of potential for the future and respect for tradition.
“This edition perfectly encapsulates the progress and preservation” that is occurring in Dorchester, Mr. LaPrade said. “My conclusion is that this indeed is a county on the move.”
“Home to industrious, innovative and creative individuals, Dorchester County’s landscape defines not only where – but who we are,” a statement on DCED’s website said. “Shaped and surrounded by water, our community reflects the character and culture of all who live, work and are lured to this place of incomparable beauty.”
The statement continued, “Dorchester County boasts attractive and affordable housing options from waterfront estates to rural developments and city condos, townhouses and apartments. Local amenities include shops, restaurants, parks, marinas, and public entertainment venues within walking or biking distance.”
That’s an enticing recipe to offer prospective entrepreneurs, homeowners and investors. But the DCED does more than list the good stuff – they offer help, advice and resources to those considering starting a business in the county. DCED’s office is located at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center, in Dorchester’s Regional Technology Park. At the center, newborn companies can begin their growth in what is known as a business incubator.
“The purpose of an incubator is to help people take their inspiration and turn it into brilliance,” Manager Steve Dolbow said. Mr. Dolbow takes his 30 years of experience in marketing, sales and banking and puts that knowledge to work in advising startups.
One nugget he offers to entrepreneurs is they need to solve a problem, or find a niche, to create a successful business. He has also led the creation of a resource library with information including finance and cash flow analysis, as well as research tools such as data from the census bureau.
It’s all information county leaders are eager to present to the public, and are pleased to see compiled by The Dorchester Banner in the latest edition of the Dorchester Profile.
Director of Economic Development Jeff Trice said, “This all adds up to a formula for a dynamic and successful future.”
Editor’s note: Cambridge City Council Member Dave Cannon is also advertising manager at The Dorchester Banner.