Grafton County is home to two business incubator and accelerators, Dartmouth Regional Technology Center (DRTC) in Lebanon, NH and the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP), that together support more than 40 startups and growing small businesses.
Business incubator and accelerator programs offer a local platform of resources for businesses to explore the feasibility of a new business concept, follow a dream of owning a company or expand and accelerate the growth of an existing business.
DRTC-based FreshAir Sensor and its co-owners Dartmouth Professor, Joseph BelBruno, and Tuck MBA graduate, Jack O’Toole, are creating a cleaner world with an innovative sensor technology that detects airborne concentrations of nicotine and marijuana smoke to deter smoking in prohibited areas.
To partially fund start-up costs and initial inventory, GRDC provided the business a loan of $140,000 through a CDBG grant. Now beginning its third year at the DRTC, FreshAir Sensor employs a team of twelve employees, working on the development and commercialization of its sensory technology to be used in devices designed for hotels, multi-family housing, dormitories and a variety of other applications.
“DRTC is a great place to grow a business because it is an exceptional facility and the staff works hard to make sure that the businesses have what they need to be successful. We have needed to expand four times and DRTC has always found a way to work things out for us.” - Jack O’Toole, Founder and President FreshAir Sensor