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Coworking – Kansas City Style

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One of our goals at KCSourceLink is collaboration—bringing together tools and resources to make the hard work of entrepreneurship and business building in Kansas City a little bit easier. We know that small business entrepreneurs who are plugged into the entrepreneurial ecosystem have better odds at surviving and thriving.

But we don’t shoot in the dark either. We listen to Kansas City businesses, continually work with startups and microenterprises, second stagers and innovation-led companies to identify needs and connect those needs with resources.

And when we find a gap in the services offered to the businesses in our KC community, we pull together the most relevant 230+ resources to fill that gap.

Collaborating for Better Coworking

Here is one of those collaborations and how it benefits business in Kansas City.

As we were meeting with Resource Partners and talking with entrepreneurs, we realized that there is a lack of familiarity among the coworking spaces across the Kansas City area—and a lack of available resources to help teach what coworking is, how it works and options for entrepreneurs interested in coworking.

In response to this realization, KCSourceLink hosted a cowork focus group, bringing together the various shared spaces across the Kansas City area to discuss each other’s spaces and possibilities for collaboration moving forward.

Since ​our initial meeting, the spaces have continued to meet, foster growth and have officially decided to form the KC Coworking Alliance.

KC Coworking Alliance

Shared spaces are invited to join the alliance that will have four goals:

  1. Increase awareness of coworking in the Kansas City metro, both the benefits of coworking and details about the spaces that are available.
  2. Create a collaborative coworking front.
  3. Increase the number of people coworking in Kansas City.
  4. Act as a resource for each other and share best practices amongst alliance members.

One of the main benefits of the alliance is a coworking website. The site will provide general information about coworking, and act as a central landing page for shared spaces. It will feature member spaces with detailed information and video tours.

The KC Coworking Alliance will also be more informed about each other’s spaces and be able to promote each other, their events and specials. Another benefit of the alliance is the ability to pool resources to host events such as a coworking week and the ability to learn from each other and determine a path for coworking in the Kansas City community.

If you are looking for a coworking space right now, check out the spaces on KCSourceLink or give us a call for additional resources: 816-235-6500. If you are interested in joining the KC Coworking Alliance, reach out to Melissa Saubers, owner of Cowork Waldo.

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