THUNDER BAY, ONT. — When business is booming and office space is limited, entrepreneurs or business people visiting Thunder Bay can try a “shared office” at the Northwestern Innovation Centre.
After a major renovation in 2018, aided by federal funding, the center developed The Landing, which offers several on-site work environments at their Nipigon Road location on the Confederation College campus.
Bridget Postuma, the center’s business development advisor, said they’ve made some changes to The Landing, which now includes four meeting rooms, a meeting room and 12 workstations called shared offices, with Wi-Fi, all of which can be rented by the hour. , on a daily or longer term basis with no subscription required.
Postuma and his team will host an open house at the center on Thursday where entrepreneurs can explore the facility, have their photo taken by Shout Media and have a one-on-one interview with Erin Siskco, a Linkedin pro who will provide advice on standing out on the platforms. of social media.
“We see a lot of entrepreneurs who are at home, and after COVID they want to get out of the house and start networking a bit,” Postuma said. “Our anticipation is (to host) entrepreneurs looking for a space just to work a day here and there.”
She says the focus is on entrepreneurs, but they rent out meeting rooms and conference rooms to anyone who needs space, while hot desks are for entrepreneurs.
The Vault, a similar operation that provides retail space, was opened in the former Toronto Dominion Bank on Red River Road in the spring of 2018 by Scott McNabb, the CEO of HPG Property Management.
“The Vault is a shared workspace,” McNabb said. “We have 18 offices and subscriptions that we offer to anyone looking for a quiet space to work in the form of a conference room or a video conferencing suite or a private office, a public office or a a shared office. It all depends on your budget.”
An additional feature in the space caters to business travelers in need of accommodations with four furnished condominiums upstairs, two meeting rooms downstairs, and a video conferencing suite.
“There’s also a great little cafe called Pressed For Time on site,” McNabb said. “In all of this there is a collection of entrepreneurs and business people from out of town, working collaboratively if they wish, or independently. Whatever duration they need, whether it’s for the afternoon or for a five-year term and everything else, it’s scalable, you can ramp up the ramp whatever you need.
There is a gym in the basement so they can work out throughout the day.
Membership provides nine-to-five or 24/7 office access, depending on what someone pays, and is not required for one-day use.
“It’s very new to Thunder Bay and there’s a very New York or Toronto feel to it,” McNabb said.
Postuma and McNabb see their conference room used by larger and out-of-town companies looking for space to meet.
The Landing Open House will be held at 2400 Nipigon Rd. from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 768-6682.
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