ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Surrounding yourself with good people has always been a key component of success. However if you're an independent entrepreneur, mobile warrior, or small company that can be difficult. Recently, coworking facilities and shared workplaces have emerged as places where this happens naturally.
Coworking is a forum where independent efforts and collective resources are shared for individual benefit. At Connect113 in Alexandria, VA people come together to get things done. The 3,000 square foot shared office facility is equipped with desks, Wi-Fi, large format color printers, several meeting and conference rooms, mail service, private offices, kitchen facilities and more. The 35 + members are independent businesses for the most part yet part of a community that wants to succeed.
The dynamics of such a place are interesting. Chana Morrow, the manager of Connect113 observes, "Things happen spontaneously. Last week there was a member workshop for LinkedIn and this Thursday there is a rooftop happy hour." Indeed despite the fact that one can easily outfit a home or executive office by themselves, building a community is much more difficult.
Billy Winburn, one of the founders of Connect113, notes "the old adage of the safety and power in numbers has never been more true. Jobs are more scarce and leads are critical. New tools like LinkedIn, blogs, and Twitter do not come with manuals. The only way to overcome these challenges is through connecting with experienced people. Something hard to do at an executive suite complex."
Members of Connect113 pay $350 per month for 24/7 access to the space. They also have virtual benefits such as ZipCar, UPS, and Staples discounts. Most of all they have each other. Chana Morrow says, "The networking that goes on here is amazing. Just yesterday two members connected for a joint effort on a project and today they're in the conference room."
The current state of the economy demands that we become more resourceful as individuals if we are to be successful. Access to good tools and talent is critical in this regard. Being part of a good workplace community can provide safety in numbers. Winburn notes, "At Connect113 we like to point out that 1 scoop of resources + 1 healthy dash of networking = 3 x the productivity."
Connect113 is located in the Washington DC metro area. 703-738-9998.