Ashland business program relocates startup office hub

Hoping to attract a new batch of up-and-coming startups, an Ashland business mentorship program has a new location and a new director.

The Dominion Resources Innovation Center opened last month at its new space at 201 Duncan St., an old 2,700-square-foot firehouse in downtown Ashland. The move follows the addition of a new leader for the group, Dominic Costanzo, a VCU grad hired over the summer.

DRIC was launched in 2009 and had previously operated out of about 8,400 square feet at 319 Business Park Lane. DRIC’s goal is to give office space and mentorship to fledgling companies that apply to use its services. The organization gets funding from Dominion, Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, Hanover County and the town of Ashland.

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