The Jacksonville Daily Progress speaks to the removal/moving of the local Art & Music Venue Phoenix Square housed in A Circle of Ten’s Small Business Incubator.
August 12, 2013
Coffee shop to be replaced by education, event center
Jacksonville Daily Progress
Well, mystery solved.
Some folks were left scratching their heads after the very recent – and very quiet – closing of the PhoenixSquare Deli & Coffee Shop at 201 E. Commerce.
As a result, some Jacksonville residents also were wondering who the next occupant of the property might be.
That particular question was answered late this week with the announcement of the incoming “C10 Education and Event Center” – designed to be part of a Circle of Ten Inc.’s small business incubator program.
Incidentally, a story on today’s Jacksonville Daily Progress Business page explores how PhoenixSquare officials have kept fairly mum about the reasons behind their departure.
In effect, this new venture replaces PhoenixSquare’s emphasis on caffeine, art, and local band music with a thrust toward hosting small, nonprofit, rural East Texas agencies that truly need the space to operate, officials said.
“C10 hopes nonprofit agencies … will make use of the space for a wide variety of services, such as fundraising or community development,” Director of Operations Arthur Blount said in a news release.
“Individuals will also be encouraged to employ the Event Center for corporate retreats to birthday parties; however, nonprofits and C10 Alumni will have first priority.”
This 201 E. Commerce property – valued at $188,200 including building and land – specifically is owned by the Process of Collaboration Circle of Ten, according to the Cherokee County Central Appraisal Dis-trict.
The decision to move ahead and occupy the 4,481 square foot retail space was by C10’s board members in late July, the release shows.
Blount said the center is designed to be used by nonprofit organizations as well as the public at large for various gatherings, including workshops, seminars and various other public meeting.
“The downstairs portion of the building holds approximately 200 people, making it possible for groups large and small to occupy it for their needs,” Blount wrote.
Also sharing this particular space will be the SBI Technology Resour-ce Center, which is designed to offer “various support and contracted trainings in the field of technology and distance learning, and access by the general public will be provided as well,” Blount wrote.
According to its literature, the C10 Network consists of thousands of staff and volunteers from “non-profit agencies, churches, schools, hospitals, colleges, businesses and municipalities” in need of training and support services.
The Small Business Incubator, created in 2007, provides management, business training, incubation and support to entrepreneurs in business and nonprofit corporations, according to organization literature.
To inquire about A Circle of Ten’s seminars or services, call (903) 541-0013, email email@example.com, or visit their website at www.virtual-village.org.
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