Pop-up work space opening downtown

By Valerie Urbanik - vurbanik@civitasmedia.com

Are you a entrepreneur looking for a quiet office for meetings with clients?

A co-working pop-up space called Shift will open Monday downtown in the former SEED Ventures space at 29 South Main St.

Cullen Naumoff, the Oberlin Project’s director of sustainable enterprise, said the 2,000-square-foot shared space will provide a low cost and collaborative working environment for new business owners, freelancers, and remote workers lacking an office.

The idea to create Shift came from residents, Naumoff said.

“This has been such a community effort to build this space,” she said. “We’ve had a very active advisory board to shape the space and be users.”

The office will offer a lounge area, desks, and two cubicles. It will be open Monday through Friday until March 18.

“We’re testing it for a month before making a long-term plan,” Naumoff said. “We want to be sure in the long-term we’re designing a space that works for Oberlin.”

She wants people who use the space to offer feedback, helping to develop the office into a valuable area for residents.

Anyone can rent an area at Shift, even college students who are interested in starting their own business.

“We think Shift really gives them the opportunity to test having a business downtown,” Naumoff said. Nearly 20 entrepreneurs can use the space at one time.

To sign up, register at www.shiftoberlin.weebly.com.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.

By Valerie Urbanik