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Crowdfunding Campaign for Downtown Coworking Space Underway
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18 January 2018   Melanie Banayat

Help Support the Opening of a Coworking Space for Independent Workers in The Prescott Area

Why work alone, when you can co-work? For those who identify as a freelancer, entrepreneur, remote worker, small business owner, micro-business, non-profit, or startup – the coworking concept helps solve the many problems that come with working alone or getting started. It’s a place for work, education, and connection that fills a gap addressed by no other resource in the Prescott Quad Cities area – and our community is ready for it.

WingSpace is a community and soon-to-be a professional coworking space where independents can work independently-together at the intersection of art, design, technology, heart-centered work, and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to be the most innovative workplace in Yavapai County that is intentionally designed to help independent workers thrive. As a community of local-minded, business-focused people, we will be able to collaborate on projects, share resources, and generate more success to support our livelihoods.

Coworking is unlike any other office rental facilities. The term “Coworking” has a philosophy that features strong core values centered around community, collaboration, openness, accessibility, and sustainability. The Coworking Industry purposefully dropped the hyphen to differentiate itself as a brand and emphasize that it’s very different from a traditional office space that is mainly about renting space, and not about building community or offering support.

Founder of WingSpace, Melanie Banayat, and her team of other independent workers, explored many different paths to funding the project including traditional funding from banks, investors, and even a grant. With all that being said, at the end of the day, all those options simply did not reflect our mission of being built by independents, for independents. Nor do they value the same things we do: we’re building WingSpace because it’s part of our life’s work to build a stronger local economy so we can 'live and work how and where we want to live and work' – right here in the Prescott Area.

We believe the power of WingSpace lies with the community. Banayat decided to turn to the community for support to‘crowdfund’ the project. By pre-selling memberships and offering campaign packages that allow individuals, small businesses, and even our local government agencies the opportunity to support the project and receive rewards, we can all be part of creating something important, beautiful, and a well-needed service for our community.

The funds will be used to purchase the equipment needed for the workspaces, which includes items such as desks, chairs, printers, furniture, wifi, and a member management software system, which are the most critical components of a coworking space.

Our crowdfunding campaign runs through February 28, 2018. The goal is to raise $15,000. To learn more, contribute to the campaign, or to become a founding member go to  www.wingspace.biz  If you have questions email Melanie at cowork@wingspace.biz