A year after moving into the Edney Innovation Center, co-working space Society of Work is expanding, and the founder said the startup is helping members grow their businesses.
Society of Work is on the sixth floor of the Edney and is nearing completion of a new space on the seventh floor.
The offices should be ready by early April, and co-founder Kelly Fitzgerald is currently taking deposits on offices. Nine of the 18 spaces are filled so far.
"Our space expansion is a reflection of the growth of our members and their businesses," Fitzgerald said. "As our space grows, so does opportunity for our members. Our community is built around collaboration and connections, and our members' accelerated business growth demonstrates how effective working together is."
According to a recent SOW member survey, 30 percent of members hired new employees in 2016, more than 80 percent had professional collaborations with other members, and 75 percent of those people didn’t know each other before they joined the co-working space.
Fitzgerald said that SOW provides entrepreneurs and small businesses with all the resources they need to succeed.
Members have access to 1-gig wireless internet, conference rooms, shared kitchen, game room/event space, the Edney's roof, showers and locker room. It's also a pet-friendly building.
Member Andy Jones, founder of Roundtree Agency, works with his growing team of four in a small office.
"I joined with an idea that has evolved into a successful business," he said in a prepared statement. "Our network and credibility [have] expanded quickly working alongside the talented members of Society of Work."
Fitzgerald said that finding resources can be challenging and time-consuming for small businesses.
"What we are really trying to help people do is grow their bottom line," she said. "All you have to do is come in and do what you're good at, and there are resources all around you."