Lowcountry Local First Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Launching Open-Sector Coworking Space
Jul 9, 2015
Lowcountry Local First is celebrating the one-year anniversary of opening the doors to Local Works, an open-sector coworking space for entrepreneurs and start-ups. This model supports groups often underrepresented in traditional coworking or accelerator spaces, including Main Street entrepreneurs, women, farmers, makers and other businesses that create the majority of jobs in the community.
The 3,000 square foot facility currently hosts 30 entrepreneurs from 16 different industries and is comprised of 60% women-owned businesses. Coworkers share desk space, Wi-Fi, an AV-equipped conference room, informal meeting space, kitchen facilities, printer/ copier, phone booths, lockers and parking. Local craftsmen, products and businesses – listed below – were used to create the one-of-a-kind space.
“The median household income of people who live in this neighborhood is $16k. It was important for us to provide affordable commercial space in a city where commercial rents are unattainable for many,” stresses Jamee Haley, Executive Director of Lowcountry Local First. “This low-cost, professional space allows our local business owners to thrive in a creative and collaborative environment.”
Local Workers have access to frequent mentorship and business development opportunities thanks to partnerships with SCORE, Lowcountry Local First’s workshops and demo days. Six companies have graduated or expanded since utilizing the coworking space.
“Local Works coworking space gives me a solid foundation from which to be a risk taker and fuels my entrepreneurial spirit,” says Rob Kleiman, CEO of Creator’s Clubhouse. “It provides a reputable organization from which to back up my own business credentials.”
Lowcountry Local First looks forward to continuing to be a part of the solutions that provide prosperity and opportunity for all.
LOCAL BUSINESSES, MAKERS AND FUNDERS BEHIND LOCAL WORKS
Abide-A-While; Alloneword Design; Barr, Unger, McIntosh; Bill’s Custom Woodworking; Charleston County; City of Charleston; Cole Flodin; David Thompson Architect; Dominic Franceschi; Dwelling; Fine Rugs of Charleston; Fisher Recycling; GDC Home; Landrum; Limehouse Produce; Luxury Simplified; Moluf’s Supply; Neilson Wilkinson; Palmetto Tile; Perrin Woodworking; Pirate’s Forge; Solid Renovations; SC Community Loan Fund; SC Department of Commerce; Turnkey Creative; Wilson Carpet Plus; World Granite; Wulbern-Koval