Summit County’s first ‘co-working space’ available soon
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On May 1, freelancers, consultants and other professionals will have an option to rent space on a daily or monthly basis, in order to share costs of business resources.
The owners of Teal Art Gallery and Bridgeline Marketing Firm are creating what they call Summit County’s first co-working space. The 2,000-square-foot area inside Teal Art Gallery at 211 N. Main St., Breckenridge can help small businesses share office equipment and increase cross-professional collaboration, networking and marketing “to improve everyone’s business goals,” said Lindsey Shorthouse, owner of Bridgeline Marketing Firm. “This concept is successfully happening all over the country, and it makes a lot of sense in our growing community. In Summit County, we have a growing base of entrepreneurs, freelancers, consultants and business owners who need a beautiful professional space in which to meet clients and utilize the creative space to build on their existing business goals.”
The area will include three conference rooms, private desks, lounge areas, wireless access, a printer, fax machine and scanner. In addition, the center will host regular networking events, and Shorthouse said they offer “a variety of options in which the different companies will be able to take advantage of the Main Street presence.”
Memberships start at $25 a day and include options such as $45 for four uses a month, $189 for 12 uses a month and $249 for unlimited participation. Summer hours will be 8:30 a.m. to
6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and winter hours will include weekends.
And, the women see the co-working set up as more than an office rental business.
“It’s not about the conference rooms or printers,” said Stephanie Sadler, owner of Teal Gallery. “Co-working is about the people. Co-working spaces bring together independent people who need a professional but creative workspace to meet clients and have the access to private space to work on building their business in this community.”
To cater to individuals’ needs, Sadler and Shorthouse are holding three events, including a launch party at 5:30 p.m. April 29, a kick-off contest (deadline April 20; go to http://www.co
workingbreck.com for more information) and a contest to vote for the best name for the new development. (Options include The Cocoa, The Pinecone, The Coin and The Tree House). The third contest involves sharing ideas of what to offer at two preview parties (4:30-7 p.m. on March 23 and 4:30-7 p.m. on April 20).
“We want the membership to tell us what they want out of the space,” Shorthouse said. “This concept is very flexible and can fit almost any individual looking for an office without the huge overhead.
“Many entrepreneurs in Summit County do not have professional outlets that will foster building their business while utilizing a professional space to meet with clientele. We feel that by combining the energies of all the entrepreneurs … we can generate a venue that not only allows customers to have a comfortable conversation about the business they are doing but will drive more business … by creating cross-marketing and networking opportunities they otherwise would not have had. In doing so, businesses and customers will see that this community approach will foster a healthy referral system. Most of us doing business in the High Country know ‘word-of-mouth’ business means long-term business.”
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