PRESS RELEASE: The Ballard Business Center Welcomes Local Real Estate Developer, and Portland Start-Up to Its Growing Tenant Base

(Augusta, Maine) July 21, 2017 – Augusta’s first co-working space welcomes Dirigo Capital Advisors, a Maine real estate redevelopment group, and, a Portland tech start up venture.

The Ballard Business Center, a project lead by Kevin Mattson, of Dirigo Capital Advisors, was designed to solve what the developer says is a relevant issue to small businesses in Maine: affordable space to grow.

The Ballard Business Center is a pilot of a much larger Business Center the developer has planned for the future. The Ballard Business Center houses conference rooms, co-working space, and private offices. Amenities include access to the on-site gym and locker rooms, high-speed internet, printing and scanning, meeting space, and ample parking and access for guests. Those holding meetings in the Business Center can purchase catered lunch from the Ballard Café, a sister café to downtown Augusta’s Vickery Café.

The Business Center’s mission is to provide affordable office space to those individuals and businesses looking to grow, but unable to commit to the overhead costs of an independent office. Mattson determined to build the space after combing through data collected by the City of Augusta regarding income demographics, and national trends, as entrepreneurism is on the rise among those aged 25-40.

Joining Mattson is Jim Clair and is a tech start-up that connects people looking for deals to local shops, restaurants, pubs, etc. looking to offer fun savings via a text-like message right to one’s cell phone or tablet. REAL DEALS, RIGHT NOW.

“I started less than a year ago with a team in the Portland area and others here in Central Maine.  I needed a handy, low-cost place for meetings & quiet work-time, and found the best combination at the Ballard Business Center.”

Among other community and educational classes and events within the building, the Ballard Business Center regularly hosts networking events, and is available for use for networking and professional development events.

The Ballard Business Center is offering the first month’s rent free to those signing one-year leases for collaborative shared space and private offices. Showings are available by appointment. For more information, contact: Aly Cram via