Tag: Coworking

Coworking space opens in Bethlehem, with plans to become a ‘business beehive’ and expand to Allentown, Easton

It came to Terry Wallace as an epiphany. On a Sunday about two years ago at his Palmer Township home, Wallace’s daughter Michaella posed a question before his weekly commute to New York City, where he kept an apartment for a job at WeWork.



Local art is on display at Venture X with these Bethlehem stars that were designed by Moravian College's art department students during a tour Oct. 7, 2020, in Bethlehem. In the 13,000-square-foot facility, there are 40 office spaces.


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Local art is on display at Venture X with these Bethlehem stars that were designed by Moravian College’s art department students during a tour Oct. 7, 2020, in Bethlehem. In the 13,000-square-foot facility, there are 40 office spaces.



a living room filled with furniture and a large window: An open space in the common area at Venture X in Bethlehem.


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An open space in the common area at Venture X in Bethlehem.

“Are you going home tonight?” she asked.

Wallace, thinking he was home, realized it was time for a change, after two decades of commuting to New York. So he left WeWork and decided to start his own business — near home, in

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She Sold Her Co-Working Business and Joined a Giant Competitor. Here’s Why.

Shelley Bade has had a complex journey with the co-working franchise Office Evolution. It began as a competitor, then turned into a support system when she needed it the most.


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Shelley Bade was an early adopter of coworking spaces. In 2009, she and her business partner, Jill Pogrant, launched a coworking company in Phoenix and grew to three locations with 200 members. But when the national franchise Office Evolution expanded into the Phoenix area, Bade and Pogrant worried they couldn’t compete. So they decided to join forces and become Office Evaluation franchisees. In November 2018, just as they were converting their businesses, tragedy struck: Pogrant passed away after a battle with breast cancer. Bade was grief-stricken and terrified of embarking on the franchisee journey alone but was relieved to find support

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Hospitality embraces co-working to entice a new kind of business client

Along with bars and restaurants, hotels have been one of the hardest hit businesses during the pandemic. With fewer international and business travelers, they’ve had to pivot and market themselves in different ways to try to attract the local population to avail themselves of their services.

Recently, in a move to increase revenues and entice guests, a number of hotels have announced that they have added co-working spaces and packages for individuals and groups, whether they choose to come for a few hours or stay longer.

In doing so, they have created yet another hybrid space, one that requires the ambiance of a well-designed hotel and the functionality of an office environment.

Well before the pandemic, hotels had been renovating their lobbies and other public areas to make them more suitable to business travelers who wanted spaces suitable for remote working but also for socializing with other guests. The rise

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Va. Beach Economic Development, 1701 Coworking select entrepreneurship program participants

Program provides training in hiring, strategic planning, business practices

Virginia Beach Economic Development and Virginia Beach-based 1701 Coworking announced Friday it has selected two participants for its three-month Entrepreneur-in Residence (EIR) program. 

Kate Johnson with Heritage Business Services and freelance educator Meghan Raftery were selected for the program, which provides training in hiring, strategic planning and other business practices. 

“The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Virginia Beach,” Virginia Beach Economic Development Business Development Coordinator Ray White said in a statement. “The city’s partnership with the 1701 EIR program continues to provide a platform through which locally grown and owned new businesses prosper. The support the program lends to individuals working toward self-sustainability is exemplified by the quality business entities that develop in this coworking space.”

Johnson owns Heritage Business Services, working as a virtual bookkeeper serving local and national clients. The

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