There are entrepreneurs who want to get on with launching their own enterprises but who also don't have the work space they need to grow their plan into profit.
Hadley has six offices on the second floor of a retail building he owns, at 128 1/2
Users also have access to the building's third floor, which has a kitchenette area.
"We have a sleeping room, so an out-of-town client can rent a bedroom up there, as well," Hadley said.
The target market for the building is telecommuters, of which there is no shortage in
Those telecommuters are all looking for space, and they find it, through Hadley or elsewhere.
It's a trend, they say.
One of them is
Sovern rents space in downtown
He and his wife, Shannon, decided they wanted to live in a small town, after having resided in
"We wanted to move to a smaller town with a better sense of community, and there are few places in the world that fit that like
More importantly, Sovern said, he can do his job remotely.
"All I need is a phone line and an Internet connection, but there are also printing facilities and conference lines," he said.
It's also helpful to share workspace with other telecommuters, he said.
Hadley said those ideas support his concept for Open Decorah.
Hadley opened the space in July.
"We have quite a few salespeople here, anad we've got some other people who do graphic design, and they can be anywhere to do it," he said. "More and more, people who can live anywhere choose to live here because of the quality of life. Open Deocrah is just the icing on the cake, if you will, because it's a place you can go and work."
It's also a business that fits
"The new business fits in well with the
Co-working space is not a new concept; there are such spaces across the
Hadley said he saw a need for such space in
He got together with Uhl, as well as the
"They saw a need for it," he said.
Hadley said his space, when it's fully developed, will be able to accommodate 20-25 people a day. Currently, there are two entrepreneurs regularly using space at Open Decorah, but more are likely to come, Hadley said.
"We've got 200 'likes' on Facebook," he said.
An advantage to occupying temporary space is that there are no requirements to be there day after day, Hadley said.
"People will change any given day," he said. "The alternative is a coffee shop or the library, because of Internet access, and those have their own drawbacks."
Hadley recently won
Hadley said he invested the money in some software that handles reservations for space.
Local telecommuters get together every Friday afternoon. It's called " Co-Working Fridays."
"Sounds better than 'Get Drunk Fridays,' Sovern said, laughing.
Then, he turned serious.
"Honestly, it's just a place where a couple of real movers and shakers, people that are starting businesses and other entrepreneurs are looking for the next thing and how to network with people," Sovern said. "This is a place where people can get together and talk about the specific challenges of work we do."
The group usually includes about a dozen attendees, but it has drawn upwards of 20, Sovern said.
Indeed, Hadley said, the weekly meeting was the inspiration he needed for Open Decorah.
"We had people talking over what they're doing over a couple of beers," he said. " I had this space I was going to turn into apartments, but it turned out well to turn it into working space instead."
More information is available at www.opendecorah.com. The company also has a Facebook page.
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