Friday, July 12, 2013

Downtown Frederick (Co)Works

Julia & Glenn Ferguson, Owners of Cowork Frederick

“Work for yourself, not by yourself” is a key motto at Cowork Frederick, a collaborative work environment located in Downtown Frederick at 122 E Patrick Street.  Cowork Frederick opened almost one year ago in September 2012 and is run by Julia and Glen Ferguson.

“This is a collaborative shared community workplace.  It’s all about the community,” Julia Ferguson said.  The Fergusons became interested in coworking after they realized that many people would benefit from a collaborative workplace rather than working alone at home or in a conventional, stuffy office. 

Cowork Frederick offers many amenities to the people who use the facilities.  The building is composed of various rooms that are ideal for both meetings as well as individual work; including a community room, “a coffee shop meets office” setting, contains numerous tables and features a new art exhibit every month from a local artist, a break room with refreshments and tea from Voila!, a conference room, phone rooms, and lockers.  “We try to either feature products from local businesses or a socially conscious business that we feel personally good about,” Julia Ferguson said.

Currently, Cowork Frederick has 33 members.  There are a variety of membership options to choose from, ranging from full-time use to as little as once per month.  The Fergusons’ goal is to get 60 members by next year.  With Cowork Frederick, Glen says, “you get the best of both worlds, you get away from the corporate setting and into a collaborative space."

This Frederick Faces post was written by Hood College student Stacey Axler.

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