Entrepreneur opens downtown co-working space
A new downtown co-working space for entrepreneurs has opened its doors.
The 12 Oakes Business & Innovation Center in Grand Rapids, at 12 Oakes St. SW, officially opened this week after a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Rosalynn Bliss.
Owned and operated by local entrepreneur Kristian Grant, the 12 Oakes Business & Innovation Center looks to connect local entrepreneurs with resources to help them grow their businesses.
“As someone who has started several businesses, I know that support and resources are the difference between a company that lasts and one that does not,” Grant said.
12 Oakes has space for 10 entrepreneurs, and several businesses have signed contracts.
Grant said the space is “perfect” for business owners who have outgrown their home offices or local coffee shops, but aren’t ready for their own office spaces.
“We aim to be the bridge between those two stages,” she said.
12 Oakes offers its members a “technology-equipped space,” receptionist, beverage service and a private event space.
Although 12 Oakes doesn’t aim to be a business incubator, it will provide members with access to several resources to help them grow: The Barter Board, an ad space for businesses looking to trade their services; discounted pricing with various professional service providers, including attorneys, accountants, graphic artists and others; and monthly workshops touching on a variety of topics that apply to business owners.
Entrepreneurs can rent space at 12 Oakes for $99 a month.