By ROGER SCHNEIDER
---- — GOSHEN — A celebration of the early success of the Goshen Launch Pad brought out dozens of residents Thursday night.
The Launch Pad is a venture of the Goshen Chamber of Commerce and is in remodeled space on the Chamber’s second floor.
Since Jan. 1, about a dozen start-up businesses have hung their hats in the common space of the Launch Pad, which offers shared services and amenities for $100 to $150 per month. Starting rates drop to $30 per month for clients in the micro-business category. Gina Leichty of Eye Dart Creative Studio and her partners are heading up the marketing of the Launch Pad. She told the audience there is space at the Launch Pad for 17 more startups.
Those attending the celebration talked shop and shared information on their businesses, and some even tried out the newest beers from the Goshen Brewing Co., a member of the Launch Pad.
Jesse Sensenig of Bluffton, Ohio, is the owner of Goshen Brewing and while he is working to get the brew pub up and running in the former NIPSCO building at the west end of Washington Street near the Goshen Millrace tailgate, he makes use of the Launch Pad.
“Coming from out of town, I have been working at my in-laws (in Goshen). My daughter is there, so it has not been real conducive to being productive. So this is a place I can use to get things done.”
Right now Sensenig is brewing his beers at home in Bluffton. Thursday he was giving out samples of his Rasberry Brown Ale and Tailwind American Pale Ale.
Sensenig said the company has ordered a custom brew house for the pub and it is under construction. He is also working on the plan for the brew pub and getting approval of state agencies.
“It’s been slow,” Sensenig said. “We are hoping to open in the fall if everything goes all right from now.”