“One of the things we really wanted to offer was the flexibility for people to come when they need to,” Swett said.
Swett said the center developed the new work-share space with the help of Wired Sonoma, a Valley-based business that has spent years looking for a space that is both practical and affordable for a start-up company. Owner Chip Roberson said he sees the space as an ideal option for a variety of users.
“It appeals to the freelancer, the early entrepreneur, the work-at-home person …,” he said. “I’m tired of working at home, it’s very isolating. When you’re a young company with two to three people working together, it’s nice to have a place to go.”
In addition to Wired Sonoma, the Sweetwater Spectrum, a new Valley nonprofit that is building a residential center for autistic adults, has signed on as a renter until construction is complete on its Fifth Street West location. Cittaslow Sonoma will also make use of the new business space. Monthly rentals of a dedicated desk will be $500, and Swett said the center is still setting prices for more temporary users.
As renters will have access to the center’s conference room and most likely its certified commercial kitchen, she expects the space will be attractive to those visiting the Valley on business, who may need to hold a meeting or access the business infrastructure on a one-time basis. The office will be listed on LiquidSpace, a smart phone app that shows business travelers where they can rent temporary office space.