Passport to coworking spaces in SE Minnesota

Updated: February 13, 2020 10:29 PM
Created: February 13, 2020 08:13 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- For people like Betsy Morem, coworking spaces are essential.

“I was working from the coffee shop because I wanted to get out of my home and I felt like I was loitering there because I would just spend all day there,” said Morem, a small business accountant. “I found out about this space, came and checked it out and then got a membership right away. It’s great to have somewhere to go.”


With amenities like internet access and a printer, it’s something the coffee shop just couldn’t offer.

“It just creates a more professional work environment for me,” Morem said.

Shared office spaces across southern Minnesota are joining forces to make life easier for their clients. Six coworking spaces have collaborated, offering a passport program that will allow its members to work from any of the locations across the area.

"In the past, you had to have a membership at each of the different coworking spaces if you were working from them, but now you can have one membership and hop between them even on a single day,” explained Ecosystem Builder at Launch Coworking Space Sean Williams.

Current spaces include Launch in Austin, Collider in Rochester, and others in Mankato, Pine Island, Red Wing, and Winona, with more expected to join soon.

"One thing we've noticed is that we have clients who already travel to these other towns, but they didn't have anywhere to work out of. This way, we're helping them do their jobs,” Williams said.

"Often I find myself kind of thinking about where I can go and work for a while. For example, my parents live in Olivia, Minnesota so Mankato's right on the way. Usually, I would go to a coffee shop, so I think that if I had the opportunity to stop into a coworking place, it would be a much better option for me,” said Morem.

Anyone wanting to use these spaces can purchase a punch card pass or a monthly passport. Click here for more information. 

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