A tour of the new Innovation Center in Danbury has been taken by Senator Chris Murphy. He visited with people who use the hackerspace as part of an effort by the Small Business Association to promote Small Business Saturday. It's a time that local shops are calling for people to patronize companies that give back to the community, and is sandwiched in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
It's a common work space with 3D printers, prototyping tools, a mockup studio, and other business tools open for use by local entrepreneurs. Small Business Association Resources partner SCORE was also on hand for the tour.
Murphy says the Innovation Center is a great place for entrepreneurs to see how others are succeeding and failing. He notes that trial and error is easier when you're working along side others who are also starting up their own small business.
Murphy says many of the people he talked to are working a full time job during the day and coming to the Hackerspace in the evenings and on the weekends.
GreenWell Financial, Born TM, Attention Holdings, Skyflix.com and Luke's Toy Factory have used the Innovation Center/Hackerspace.