MicroOffice, one of the first providers of NYC coworking spaces, recently announced the launch of HarlemGarage, a coworking business incubator built through a collaboration with Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).
Located at 318 West 118th Street, MicroOffice’s newest location will be located in the heart of West Harlem. In addition to being a community event space, HarlemGarage seeks to unite local startups, small businesses, and other innovators under one roof.
The Harlem community has seen a spike in the number of startups and small businesses starting.
“Harlem has such a strong and historically entrepreneurial spirit. HarlemGarage will be a space where today’s local businesses can develop and collaborate,” said Harlem resident Ryan Young, Community Coordinator at HarlemGarage.
HarlemGarage will be established in a 5,000 square foot space developed by Artimus Construction and will accommodate a total of 150 members. Coworking memberships will be available to freelancers, startups, and small businesses seeking a professional coworking environment. Membership levels will vary from “Daily Parking Passes” to monthly “Valet” mainstays. Valet members are able to claim a desk as their own, enjoy extended access to the facility, and receive business mail. Additionally, many will opt for the “Flex Parking Pass,” which affords a specific number of days to use the space during a given month. All members have access of the lounge area, kitchen space, and WiFi. Prices will range from the daily $15 to monthly $300.
The space will provide membership discounts to minority and woman-owned businesses as well as annual contests for discounted desk time. Members will benefit from business enrichment workshops, networking opportunities, and a discount program offering deals to popular local establishments.
“HarlemGarage is about the advancement of Harlem small businesses through the exchange of expertise,” says Young.
HarlemGarage anticipates a fall 2013 launch. Those interested in learning more about scheduled launch activities, memberships, or partnerships should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.