Autry Technology Center is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Strate Center for Business Development on May 8, according to a news release from Autry.

For a decade, the center has served as a business incubator, providing tools, advice, training and office space for small businesses and entrepreneurs looking to bring their ideas to life or grow their existing businesses.

“The Strate Center offers more than 23,000 total square feet of incubation space. All areas are designed to be flexible for use as office, lab or manufacturing activities,” the release said.

The center is named for former Autry Tech superintendent James W. Strate, who was “instrumental in securing funding to build (the center),” the release said.

The commemorative event begins at 8 a.m. with a breakfast and networking opportunity until 9 a.m.

Three speakers are scheduled, with the first, Autry director of communications Mandy Mayberry, taking to the mic at 9 a.m. Mayberry will be followed by Brian Gaddy, director of Strate Center and Information Technology, and Autry superintendent Brady McCullough.

The speaking segment will wrap up around 9:30 a.m. and the final half hour will serve as an open house period, the release said.

Since opening, 29 businesses have been tenants of the center, the release said.

Bee Line Heating & Air Conditioning, 4RPups, BaseConnect, Premier Image Screen Printing, Over the Fence Farms and Spotted Cow Packaging are current tenants, the release said.

The release also named five businesses that successfully launched from the center: T&C Meats, Fence Solutions, Grace Care, Purple Ink Consulting and Scio 3D Sports.

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Written by Mitchell Willetts