Sunday, July 5, 2015

Miami Herald—"Sharing space: South Florida co-working centers proliferate"

Nancy Dahlberg at the Miami Herald writes about this national trend you see happening in downtown Lake Worth:
     Locally, the growth of downtown during the last two real estate cycles has helped make the urban core a nexus of cool for young professionals and entrepreneurs, doubling its population since 2000. An explosion of entrepreneurship programs — many funded by the Knight Foundation, which has put its weight behind the entrepreneurship and tech movements in its Miami program — has also fueled the trend. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area was the nation’s No. 2 locale for new startup activity in 2014, according to a Kauffman Foundation study.
     Startups and freelancers have been seeking affordable, convenient and collaborative work spaces where they can network, learn from one another, and attend workshops and events. Costs vary, but most run about $200 to $300 a month for full-time use of the co-working space and its amenities; a dedicated desk or glass-walled office costs extra. Co-working spaces also offer WiFi, access to conference rooms, generous hours of operation to accommodate night owls and weekend warriors, and of course, plenty of java.
For example, the DaVinci Virtual Office is located at 728 Lake Avenue. There are others in town also. Some day soon will visit these venues, take some video and do a blog post on how the Millennials are changing the way business and new ideas are being created.