MOHAVE COUNTY – The Mohave Community College Board of Governors approved during its April meeting the purchase of a building in downtown Kingman that will help the community through education and business partnerships.
The building, located at 309 E. Beale St., will bring the presence of MCC closer to the heart of Route 66. The college has multiple uses planned for the building, which will also be the new home of the MCC Small Business Development Center and the Kingman Chamber of Commerce.
“Mohave Community College is extremely excited to have a strong presence in downtown Kingman and partner with the Chamber of Commerce. We thank our visionary Board of Governors for approving this purchase,” said MCC President Dr. Stacy Klippenstein. “Our SBDC Office will be relocated to this new facility to assist with business development and small business training. Overall, MCC is attempting to do our part to strengthen the economy of Kingman and Mohave County and improve the lives of our community friends through strong non-credit and for-credit course offerings in a highly visible location. This is a win for everyone.”
SBDC Director, Lisa Card said they are looking forward to being located in downtown Kingman on Beale Street, which is the “heartbeat of where things are changing in our community.”
“This move really makes sense as we will be in closer proximity to our small businesses and local resource partners. We’re proud to give them access to no cost business consulting, free to low-cost business-related training and services they need to revive and thrive,” Card said.
The space is also expected to house a meeting room that can be reserved by business and community members.
Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce President Becky Fawson said, “it’s fantastic to have MCC and SBDC as part of the downtown business community and near government agencies, and it will provide them accessibility to so many possibilities.”
“We look forward to partnering with SBDC for trainings and having more educational opportunities offered downtown, like the Corporate and Community Education courses. SBDC has done great things in the community, it will be nice to have them downtown. We are grateful to the College for this opportunity to work together to provide services that will benefit the business community.” Fawson said.
The college ability to offer economic recovery partnerships between the Small Business Development Corporation, Chamber of Commerce, and Economic Development division of the city and county will be critical as businesses restore operations.
The board gave approval for Dr. Klippenstein to finalize the building purchase at a cost of $625,000 plus any associated closing costs. Funds to purchase the building were provided from college investment revenue, not from tax or tuition revenue. The college will also work closely with the current building owner to ensure the tenant has time to relocate.
For more information about MCC’s SBDC, visit www.mohave.edu/SBDC