Area business owners without a dedicated office space now have a place to call their own.
In early July, Office Depot, Inc. opened five new “Workonomy Hub” co-working spaces in the country. One of them located at the Office Depot at 1401 North Loop West.
The shared workspaces are integrated into existing Office Depot retail locations and offer products and services to help small business owners, entrepreneurs, freelancers and remote workers.
“The Houston metropolitan area is one of the largest in the nation with a vibrant and thriving business community,” Office Depot spokesperson Shera Bishop said. “We believe Office Depot’s current suite of products and services paired with a physical co-working space will create a comprehensive offering for Houston small business owners to run and grow their businesses in one convenient location.”
Dominick Wagner is the co-working manager at the Workonomy Hub on the North Loop. With a background in retail management, Wagner said he was drawn to the position at Office Depot because he is passionate about customer service.
“I’m excited to continue welcoming new small business owners and entrepreneurs to our community and showcasing all that our co-working space has to offer,” Wagner said.
Workonomy Hub customers can either drop in for the day or sign up for a monthly membership. Customers have access to high-speed internet, complimentary refreshments, concierge services and app-based booking. They can also take advantage of onsite tech support, printing, mailing and shipping services, office supplies and more.
Co-working members also will receive exclusive access to events, speaking engagements and other networking opportunities hosted at the space.
Rates range from $40 for a daily drop that includes what Office Depot terms a “Hot Desk” and access to the common area for the day, to a $100 monthly fee for a “Hot Desk” on a first-come, first-served basis with some conference room privileges. A guaranteed “Hot Desk” and more conference room time is $300 per month, and $400 a month nets customers a dedicated desk of their own as well as locked storage. There are also options for private offices.
Wagner said the store has nine businesses as renters so far with room for more.
“In my role as co-working manager, I’ll work to strengthen relationships with our members by hosting networking events, working closely with our local chamber of commerce, building awareness for our co-working space and assisting customers,” Wagner said. “We see more excitement each day, with new people popping in to learn more about the space.”
Wagner said he thinks people have been surprised about the scope of the Workonomy Hub concept.
“We are a hub for the community and hope to be a place where small business owners and entrepreneurs can come together to network and exchange ideas,” Wagner said.
Concierge business advisors at Office Depot will help to maintain the co-working space on a daily basis and assist members with everything from space rentals to product and service-related questions.
Wagner said Office Depot is working to build awareness by attending and hosting networking events, partnering with other co-working spaces in the area and giving tours.
Office Depot opened its first Workonomy Hub co-working space in Los Gatos, California in August 2018. Since then, the company has opened co-working spaces in Office Depot and OfficeMax stores in Minnesota, Illinois, California, Florida, Oregon and Colorado. There is another Texas Workonomy Hub in Irving.
For more information, visit www.officedepot.com or drop by for a tour of the space.