One local entrepreneur and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation have been collaborating on getting small businesses to expand without the need of spending money on huge office spaces.
About a year ago, Daniel Rivera opened up Grindstone Coworking. It is a membership based office in Edinburg. It is designed for small business owners, mobile workers, and freelancers. Other than providing office space for small business owners, it also gives them a chance to interact with other entrepreneurs that are on the same page.
Entrepreneur Daniel Rivera says, “We try to develop a community around our office, so if you’re a freelance or a small business, you can come into a space like this, and you can be surrounded by other small business and you kind of work together at your own business.”
With the capabilities business owners have today such as cell phones and laptops, several entrepreneurs believe that coworking spaces will play a key role for any business in the future.
Gus Garcia of the Edinburg EDC says, “Entrepreneurs that don’t want to do your typical brick and mortar, and not have to build a building or rent a lease space can certainly conduct a business out of a coworking space. I think it’s definitely going to be one of the components of doing business in the future for sure.”
Not only are young entrepreneurs benefitting from shared office spaces like these, but so are long time business owners.
Realtor, Sylvia Ann Mareli says, “My sales have skyrocketed. There is a gamut of different types of professionals that are here, and just the atmosphere alone is conducive to more production which automatically results in more sales.”
The Edinburg EDC and Grindstone are looking for 10 small business owners to be part of their Hive Effect Initiative. They will help the entrepreneurs launch their businesses. It will allow them to use the coworking space. The 10 small business owners that will be selected to join the Hive Effect Initiative will be chosen later this month.