When entrepreneur Kelly Fitzgerald founded collaborative workspace Society of Work, she didn’t know what to expect.

She hoped the concept would work, but starting a business can be unpredictable.

Things have gone well,though, and Monday she announced that her business is expanding to the seventh floor of the Edney Innovation Center.


“It’s been a lot of fun and I couldn’t be prouder of where we are,” she said. “It’s pretty exciting.”

The expansion means 17 new offices for small and midsize teams, in addition to the 14 offices and co-working space that’re on the sixth floor.

The expansion includes additional co-working space andconferencerooms, too.

When Society of Work relocated from the First Tennessee Building to the Edney in February, the company had 25 members. Since then, membership has grown to 80 members.

“We have seen incredible growth in our community in the last six months and want to continue providing a strong community for small companies and startups,” Fitzgerald said.

SocietyofWorkprovidessharedbusinessamenitiessuchashigh-speed Wi-Fi,conferencerooms, a mailing address andakitchen,allowingcompaniestofocusongrowingandexpandingtheirbusiness.

Fitzgerald said she could talk aboutamenities all day long, but the people are what make Society of Work special.

People who are initially strangers can collaborate and lend new skills to budding businesses, she said.

“More than anything, what we provide is a community of people,” she said. “Our members are our greatest asset by far.”

MemberJamesCowan,founderoftelehealthstartupDocity, said he loves that his team is surrounded by other “motivated doers.”

“And as we grow, we’re able to stay a part of that community,” he said in a prepared statement.