Capital Region Shared Workspaces Gaining Appeal

Aug 8th, 2018

The Capital Region is brimming with successful entrepreneurs, freelancers, and startup business professionals who are turning to the area’s shared workspaces in what’s becoming a popular trend.

In Albany, the Bull Moose Clubis the latest such space to pop up. Located downtown on State Street, this space is dedicated to leaders and communicators who want to learn, network, and create positive change in the region. Members have 24/7 access to the building which includes front desk service, private meeting spaces, endless coffee and professional and social events. 

A few blocks away on Broadway is the Albany CoLab, which has not yet officially opened up to the public. A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan are scheduled for August 13 at 11 am. From now until then, the CoLab is available for use by the public at no cost. 

Just across the Hudson River, you’ll find the Troy Innovation Garageon 4thStreet. The building is 14,000 square feet and serves as the main headquarters for startups, solopreneurs and remote workers. Innovators, disruptors and creators are all welcome. Located nearby restaurants and the Troy Waterfront, this space is also great for temporary office needs for out-of-town visitors. 

To the north, you’ll find Saratoga CoWorkson Regent Street, located in the old Skidmore College Theater. From ergonomic furniture and Apple TVs to private conference rooms and personal storage space, this location is loaded with appeal. 

Over in Schenectady on State Street, you’ll find another suitable shared workspace option in Urban Co-Works. In addition to the typical amenities like WiFi and printing stations, Urban Co-Works launched the Non-Profit Center, which partners with various business solutions providers to offer back-office support and training to regional not-for-profit organizations. A partial list of Urban Co-Works members includes Buzz Media Solutions, Magic Digital, Union College and The Alt. 

These shared workspaces are more than a place to set up shop and print documents. The people working there represent the true value. Members at each location build community everyday by sharing their expertise and resources with each other. 

Entrepreneurs and startups in and around the Tech Loop can take advantage of these state-of-the-art facilities to expand their networks while keeping business operating costs low. Sure, you can work out of your garage, but you’ll likely find it much more rewarding to work alongside other bright minds.

Tours are available at each location for those interested in joining a shared workspace. 

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