WORK_SPACE Partners

MEETING SPACE SPONSORS

ECHN & HIGHLAND PARK MARKET are both community oriented businesses whose support enables WORK_SPACE to continue to offer affordable, flexible, and hospitable space to entrepreneurs, small businesses, non-profit organizations, artists, and others eager to meet, learn, create, and work in a productive and pleasant environment.

Interested in sponsoring one of our 6 meeting venues or the many personal and professional development programs? Please contact our manager at manager@WORKSPACEmanchester.com or 860.647.6029.

ECHN is a nationally recognized network of hospitals, outpatient service centers, and hundreds of providers and specialists serving eastern Connecticut. “Health care is changing, but our commitment to the community never will.” ECHN has been a sponsoring member of WORK_SPACE since our launch in January 2018 and their ongoing support is crucial to our success.

A landmark for over 130 years, Highland Park Market is a family-owned and operated chain of five retail grocery stores serving communities of Central Connecticut. “We pride ourselves on creating a pleasant shopping experience for our customers and are dedicated to the principles of providing outstanding service and quality products.” Highland Park was one of our inaugural sponsoring members and we are grateful for their patronage and partnership.

McCarthy Concrete is a company built around the unique talents of many outstanding individuals. The commitment and dedication to a shared vision continues to move the company in a positive and creative direction. To us it’s much more than concrete but a culture of craftsmanship, quality and commitment to reach our goals as a company and as individuals.

For over 40 years, the Manchester Area of Conference of Charities has offered practical assistance, walking with people through the tough seasons of life, a hand up instead of a hand out. In coordination with our neighbor, The Bistro On Main, the MACCchefs program is a Culinary & Hospitality Education Fundamentals School designed to help those with prior barriers to stable careers move forward with a potential career in the hospitality and food service industry. We are honored to have them use WORK_SPACE to deliver some of their coursework.

CONNECTICUT SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

WORK_SPACE is happy to have the CTSBDC our community and Business Advisor Shelly Koehler as part of our team. CTSBDC provides no-cost business advising to CT entrepreneurs who are starting or growing their business and want to learn more about everything from:
* startup planning and marketing,
* to assisting with loan package development,
* international trade,
* growth strategies and
* emergency preparedness planning.

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and the University of Connecticut, the SBDC program remains one of the nation’s largest small business assistance programs in the federal government with a proven track record of providing almost 35 years of service to small businesses.

Photo by: Richard Mitchell | Mural by: Ben Keller

TOWN OF MANCHESTER’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Concilia “Cece” Ndlovu is the Economic Development Specialist for the Town of Manchester, based at the Lincoln Center but also has a strong presence at WORK_SPACE. She works under the direction of the town’s Director of Planning and Economic Development to recruit, facilitate and administer economic development efforts for the Town of Manchester .

Cece also administers the application process for the Manchester Business Investment Fund Grant Program and the Manchester Business Façade and Signage Grant Program. Additionally, she possesses an in-depth knowledge of Manchester’s commercial real estate landscape, providing valuable insights to businesses seeking their ideal space within the downtown area and beyond.

One of Cece’s core duties is cultivating partnerships with potential businesses, guiding them through the selection and permitting process. Her typical meetings with prospective small business owners may include:

  • Thorough discussions of existing or new business concepts.
  • Detailed reviews of specific business requirements, coupled with a curated list of available properties in Manchester tailored to their needs.
  • Strategic referrals to small business advisors, including SBDC Business Advisors, the Connecticut Small Business Boost Fund representatives, or SCORE representatives, who can refine business plans and assist small and minority owned businesses in securing low-cost loans.
  • Offering comprehensive information on the Town of Manchester’s  lucrative business incentive programs and grant opportunities w, whenever applicable.

Cece is passionate about entrepreneurship and is committed to empowering businesses to thrive in Manchester. Contact Cece today to set up an appointment ( Concilia Ndlovu, Economic  Development Specialist, Manchester Dept. of Planning and Economic Development, 860 647-5208; cndlovu@manchesterct.gov )

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Partnership and collaboration are cornerstones of coworking and one of the distinctive aspects of WORK_SPACE that enhances the SPACE and makes WORK more fun. We very much appreciate the companies below for supporting our efforts by contributing their services, providing support, and bringing people to our space and downtown Manchester.
Interested in supporting this unique venture? Please contact our manager at manager@WORKSPACEmanchester.com or 860.647.6029.

WORK_SPACE is proud to be the home chapter of  RiverEast BNI which meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7am. Visitors are welcome to attend and see how this local referral group helps their members grow their business through a structured, positive and professional referral program that enables them to develop meaningful, long-term relationships. Each chapter only has one person per industry and they might be looking to add someone with your expertise to their community.

Love how much a part of the community WORK_SPACE IS! Many Thanks.

Tana Parsaliti

Dowtown Manager, Downtown Manchester Special Services District

Our Imagine Inside Market was a great success because of your preparation, support and friendship. You made it a great day. We are grateful for what you do for the arts, how you interact with us and your easy and welcoming style.

Joyce Hodgson

Program Director, Imagine Main Street

What a remarkable experience! Your leadership for the event and support were exceptional!!! With sincere appreciation…

Donna Fitzgerald

Education and the Arts

I love the facility. The technology is phenomenal and there is always something to do and something new to look at.

Roberta McAloon

Graduate Instructor, University of Saint Joseph

DOWNTOWN FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Feel free to call us if you need some guidance about providing food and drink at your event. WORK_SPACE does not provide catering, however, Main Street and the Downtown District have a diverse array of wonderful restaurants, coffee shops, markets and caterers. Whether you go out for a meal or arrange catering to be brought in to WORK_SPACE, you will never want for quality or variety.

Get Started

Contact WORK_SPACE to get started with a free day pass and tour, coworking, hosting a meeting, hosting an event, and much more.

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