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Calling all entrepreneurs! The Great Western Marketplace has space for you. Actually they have a lot of space for a lot of small businesses. But it's entrepreneurs that they are most interested in.

"This space is 167,000 square feet," says Trudy Naumann, who bought the building and is refurbishing it. "We want to put a lot of entrepreneurs in here who can bring their businesses here and try them out and hopefully grow. We have room for 500 new businesses."

And with new businesses comes new licenses and sales tax. So it's a win in a lot of ways.

"We've been looking for quite some time and we just never could find a place with enough parking. This has it all: parking, storage space, accessibility and even a loading dock," she says. "So it's our investment but it's really an investment in the community as a whole."

They have restaurants, a brewery, a custom cheesecake bakery, an old fashioned barber and a lot of artisans already signing up for space. And they plan to be somewhat of an incubator if they need to be.

"We see a lot of businesses coming from Reno and Sparks but from all over the area and planting their flags here and try out their ideas and their branding. If they grow and expand here, great. Or they could even expand and move elsewhere. But we want to encourage entrepreneurs and we want to be able to say that their ideas started right here at the Great Western Marketplace," says Terry Naumann, senior partner in the group.

They plan to open in May. And they plan only to be open on the weekends. But they also plan to generate traffic with special events every weekend. 

For more information on the space available go to www.greatwesternmarketplace.com or contact Terry Naumann at Terry@theGWM.com

Written by Erin Breen

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