What we're about

WORK_SPACE is a hospitable, flexible, and affordable Meeting & Coworking Space designed to meet the unique needs of small businesses, independent consultants, technology start-ups, creative professionals, and all those with an entrepreneurial spirit, desire for strategic partnerships, and determination to succeed.

WORK_SPACE is unique, both as the premier collaborative coworking community east of the Connecticut River, and as a municipally owned space committed to:
• Providing a stimulating and supportive meeting and work space at an affordable cost;
• Enhancing members’ well-being and providing opportunities to increase their economic, social, and cultural capital;
• Helping new entrepreneurs clarify their vision in a way that leads to a viable business; and
• Contributing to Manchester’s local economy by serving as a pipeline for sustainable businesses and attracting additional Downtown visitors and activity.

Unlike renting traditional office space, WORK_SPACE is 2.5-floors of meeting and coworking space housing a supportive community of diverse professionals sharing common space and mutual respect. As a membership community, our coworkers are more than a passive presence, they are engaged participants who contribute to the tone and atmosphere. We value integrity, respect, collaboration, and positive intentions, and appreciate that our members do too. We encourage all members to be sensitive to the impact they have on others and to help each other honor our shared values and the expectations described in our playbook.

Upcoming events (5+)

Beer & Business: Free Networking Happy Hour

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Each month, a local brewery and restaurant sponsor a tasting in our downtown art gallery, and then participate in a panel on their entrepreneurial journeys. May’s sponsors include the CT Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Lucky Taco, and brewery TBA. This is a free networking opportunity for area professionals. (21+ Only)

Dos de Mayo

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Join us for an evening of Mexican inspired celebration in the heart of downtown Manchester and enjoy: Live Music Freshly made margarita mocktails Light Mexican Fare Unique Local Art Galleries Free Parking Tickets available here --> http://bit.ly/2deMAYO - - - This event is a collaboration between: WORK_SPACE (Event host) Justin Vendette (Musician) Lucky Taco (Buffet Sponsor) CT Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Event Co-host)

Women Owned Businesses

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$10.00

In celebration of Small Business Week, WORK_SPACE is offering a series of Lunch & Learns surrounding important skills for growing your business. - - - About the workshop: Learn about the unique issues facing women business owners as well as the many resources and opportunities to help them succeed. About the presenter: Milena Erwin joins us from the Women's Business Center in Hartford, CT. Milena has over 20 years’ experience managing, counseling, and training small business owners. A native of Bulgaria, she speaks five languages and has lived on three continents. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. With her expertise in marketing and export sales management, she has led companies to international growth in an increasingly global world. A passionate advocate for women in business, Milena strives to give small business owners the tools and support needed to fulfill their dreams. At the Women’s Business Center, Milena develops and manages all training and programs, including business advising, as well as directly advising women entrepreneurs. - - - View all WORK_SPACE Small Business Week programs below: http://workspacemanchester.com/events-programs/

7 Steps to Get to the Next Level

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$10.00

In celebration of #smallbusinessweek, WORK_SPACE is offering a series of Lunch & Learns surrounding important skills for growing your business. - - - About the workshop: Growing a successful business can be complicated, yet there are 7 action steps you can take to prepare the framework necessary to breakthrough to the next level of business success. - - - About the presenter: Born into a family of entrepreneurs it was only natural for Business Advisor Shelly Koehler to dive in too, eventually owning two successful ventures including an international sports travel business. And with 15 years of professional economic development experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and fine-tuned business acumen to her CTSBDC clients. Shelly’s purpose in life is to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives; a boon to Connecticut’s small business owners and entrepreneurs. She helps them focus on critical details, be prepared, and build a community of resourceful contacts that shore up their limits and help them navigate business challenges. Shelly loves being outside all year as well as traveling, sewing, baking and hiking Connecticut’s trails with her dog Kodi. A sports fan too, she enjoys helping young adults achieve their potential through athletics and currently coaches fast pitch softball at the collegiate level. - - - View all WORK_SPACE Small Business Week programs below: http://workspacemanchester.com/events-programs/

Past events (171)

TED TALK TUESDAY: Vulnerability

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