Qwirk Owner Says Coworking Promotes Creativity, InnovationEntrepreneurial Support — By Melanie McIntyre on February 8, 2011 at 8:00 am
A desk for the day and a homebase for your business are two very different space needs that can be met under one roof− at Qwirk.
Located at 595 S. Third St. in German Village, Qwirk offers coworking space and a conference room to anyone who might need it.
“Our members are developers, telecommuters, planners, consultants, publishers, organizers, and students who all believe that by working together we can accomplish more than we could alone,” says Rajesh Kanumury, Qwirk’s owner.
Amenities include a kitchen; a lounge; administrative and mail services; free high-speed wireless Internet; unlimited printing, copying, and faxing; and onsite and street parking.
A full-time membership costs $275 per month for a dedicated desk and access to all of Qwirk’s amenities. A part-time membership costs $$175 per month for a part-time desk, a day pass costs $10 per day, and both include limited access to amenities.
Members and non-members alike are welcome to attend Qwirk’s monthly workshops and seminars on a variety of topics, from social media to green technologies.
Qwirk was founded in 2009 by Neal Roberts, who recently sold it to Kanumury, owner of GniYes! Inc. and a long-time tenant.
Going forward, Kanumury says he wants to continue Qwirk’s legacy of providing entrepreneurs and start-ups with an enriching experience that enables them to focus on their core business.
“We want to motivate creativity and innovation through collaboration and drive entrepreneurs to succeed in today’s competitive environment,” he adds.
It’s arguable that working from home is easier, or at least more convenient, than trekking to an office, but it also can limit contact with the outside world considerably. Coworking has just the opposite effect, providing people with an opportunity to get out of the house and into the community.
“Coworking encourages creativity by working with other like-minded professionals and is the perfect way to network while working,” Kanumury says.
Don’t believe him? Skeptics, or anyone interested in seeing what Qwirk has to offer, can test it out themselves during “Free Fridays,” when the space is open to the public free of charge.
To learn more about Qwirk, visit QwirkColumbus.com.
Melanie McIntyre served as editorial director of The Metropreneur from its launch in August 2010 to May 2013. She is also a featured writer for Columbus Underground and writes about fashion, style and pop culture on her blog, Thoroughly Modern Melly. Melanie is an Ohio State University graduate, lives in the Short North, and enjoys reading and running.
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