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CoWorks switches to nonprofit, plans to offer entrepreneur training

January 23, 2019

HUNTINGTON — New businesses, new ideas and new opportunities for entrepreneurs is the goal for CoWorks, Huntington’s first co-working space.

The organization hosted a “Neighborhood Open House” to allow the public to stop in and see the features of the facility on Tuesday.

“We currently have 13 different companies and six other organizations or individuals using space at CoWorks,” said Julie Hewett, executive director of CoWorks.

The co-working space, which opened in June, is located in the JP Morgan Chase Building at 1000 5th Ave. It is designed to generate revenue from the rental of flexible term office space and to increase traffic into the Chase building for potential leasing of existing office space outside of the coworking sections, Hewett explained.

“Available space varies, ranging from daily drop-in rates to dedicated desk space and offices,” she said.

CoWorks pricing is as low as $75 per month to $400 per month for an executive office, approximately 20 feet by 20 feet, with many extra features.

“There is no long-term lease,” Hewett said.

Hewett added that CoWorks became a nonprofit organization in October.

“What has changed with becoming a nonprofit is we feel the need to find funding to help underwrite the use of the space, but also to offer programming for educational training workshops,” she said. “Just because you have a place to work doesn’t mean you know how to run a business, so we want to be able to provide those resources. We want to have events, training workshops and events businesses and the community would be interested in.”

Hewett, herself an entrepreneur, said she also gave a tour to West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner and Joe Parsons, director of WV One Stop Business Center.

“They want to show support for the innovative efforts here and to help foster and support small business entrepreneurs,” she said.

For more information about CoWorks, visit www.coworkswv.com.

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