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Co-working trend is growing

Date published: 11/15/2008

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"I strongly believe that co-working is on the verge of being the next big thing," Delagrange says. "It's not for everyone, but neither are executive office suites for everyone. "

With the economy in a "contraction," the business model makes even more sense, he says.

"As folks are laid off, many of them do their own thing and go into the consulting world. Short of a well- financed startup, a place like this where they can come and get out of the house, have some interaction and a conference room for a real meeting, makes sense."

He says he knows a lot of people work out of their homes in our area.

"What if just one day a week they get out, talk to some people, 'gel,' network, whatever you wanna call it --it makes sense to me," Delagrange says. "In just a short few weeks I have already signed up a lawyer, a math tutor and a Web developer. I'm doing the kind of viral marketing right now that I hope will spread and people will start to show up.

He says while the concept is "pretty new overall," it's "way new" to Fredericksburg.

Businessplayce will also serve as a place for art shows, and art will be a fixture in its working environment, a place where one can work on a laptop in a comfy chair and still have access to a formal conference room at low cost.

Delagrange is convinced Businessplayce will work as a business.

"How big is the market for co-working in Fredericksburg? We don't know. However, have you been to any Starbucks, Panera Bread or other public gathering places on any given workday? They are filled with people on laptops craving interaction. They need Businessplayce."

He says conservative estimates place the work-at-home rate in the Fredericksburg area at about 27,000 people, and says that number "will only increase as unemployment creeps up and people choose to start their own companies."

And when they realize they need motivation to take a shower.

Contact information for Paul Delagrange: pauld@ arbotek.com; 540/548-4979 (office).

Michael Zitz: 540/846-5163
Email: mikez@freelancestar.com


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