Co-working spaces abound in Detroit for entrepreneurs and others

Detroit Department of Alternatives
Detroit Department of Alternatives

Entrepreneurs, artists, techies and others looking for workspace in Detroit now have a one-stop resource to help them search for the perfect place for their endeavor, DEGC’s Detroit Co-Working Space Finder.

We knew many spaces were opening up for entrepreneurs and others here in the city, so we did the research through the web and word-of-mouth and created this directory. Now people looking for space can use the Detroit Co-Working Space Finder to pick the space that best fits their specific business needs.

There are many different workspace options, from shared table space to a desk to a full office and shared conference rooms. Many include wireless, tech support, office supplies and even coffee and snacks.

Several of the co-working sites are linked to specific causes or industries. For example, Department of Alternatives on Washington Boulevard is dedicated to entrepreneurs working full time on alternative, market proven solutions to civic and social issues that affect our community. NextEnergy Center on Burroughs Street serves as a living laboratory for advanced energy technology development and demonstrations. Ponyride on Vermont leases studio space to artists and entrepreneurs who engage the citizens of Detroit in their creative practices.

These co-working spaces offer more than just a place to work, they provide the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a community of people with the same interests.

“OCD is a hackerspace, a place we go to make, experiment, learn and share with an eclectic group of interesting, creative, friendly people,” is how OmnicorpDetroit on East Division describes itself.

Pricing options vary widely. Many spaces offer daily, weekly and monthly rates or a punch card system for regular visits. Some offer special rates for non-profits. Other spaces require people to complete an application for membership.

The Detroit Co-Working Space FInder is available on the DEGC website at www.degc.org  as well as all the spaces listed, and the 54 organizations featured in BizGrid http://www.detroitbizgrid.com/

If a space is not listed, let us know and we’ll add it, because everyone needs to know Detroit is open for businesses of all sizes.

Catherine Frazier
Business Development