Billy Ludt of The Youngstown Vindicator:
“A newly opened cooperative workspace on the North Side will provide amenities for new business owners, freelancers and start-ups seeking access to office space.
Common Wealth Inc. opened the doors to its latest incubator, the Co-Work Center, 906 Elm St., in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. Co-Work will join a strip of Common Wealth’s businesses on Elm Street, including the Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator and Lake to River Food Cooperative.
“It saves people money, rather than buying an official office,” said Jim Converse, regional economic development coordinator at Common Wealth. “It’s very affordable space, as is the space in the incubator, too.”
Previously a home, Co-Work converts living space into a functioning office with wireless internet access, meeting rooms, printers, storage and desks. The shared-use workspace can be rented by day, week and month.
“We’re really proud to be part of revitalizing this neighborhood between Wick Park and the university,” said Pat Rosenthal, executive director. “We think that it’s just at the tipping point and that we see more and more people walk by.”
The Kitchen Incubator has assisted a number of food-based start-ups and in many cases created sustainable careers for its clients. The same idea goes for Co-Work, which, Rosenthal said, can provide clients with affordable space, privacy and equipment they need to start their business.”