Jonathan J. Higuera

CO+HOOTS = co-work space

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While our state is often bashed by national media for its backward policies and conservative ethos, the coverage can sometimes mask some very innovative efforts to move Phoenix forward.

One such effort is the development of the downtown business incubator, CO+HOOTS, founded by Jenny Poon two years ago.

Created as a co-work space for small business firms and entrepreneurial-minded individuals, CO+HOOTS recently moved into larger digs along East Washington Street near downtown Phoenix. However, it’s not just any workspace. CO+HOOTS strives to create a workplace that is compelling, inspiring and collaborative for its occupants, or “creatives” as they are often called.

In addition to providing desks and office amenities, CO+HOOTS offers workshops as learning opportunities to its members and encourages collaboration among the professionals based there. Considering that about 60 entrepreneurs and 40 companies can be found there on any given day, that’s a lot of potential collaboration.

The new location at 1027 E. Washington Street along the Light Rail is an important feature that boosts CO+HOOTS’ image as an urban alternative for its members and users.

With prices ranging from $15 for a daily drop-in to $350 a month for a full-fledged member, individuals and business owners can rent space that puts them in close proximity to other professionals and creatives.

At press time, a “re-hatching” event for the new space was scheduled for January 11. Scheduled to speak was Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, along with Kimber Lanning, executive director of the non-profit, Local First Arizona, which promotes the interests of locally-owned businesses, vendors, consumers and contractors.

Poon and others cite the incubator’s new location as an important part of what it wants to be: an easy access urban space that encourages entrepreneurship in downtown Phoenix. Its new location places it in the area known as “Washington Row.”

“As a community of local-minded and business-focused people, we are able to collaborate on projects, share resources and generate more success to support our livelihoods,” Poon recently explained to Arizona Republic reporter, Eugene Scott.

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