The first gathering of the emerging HUB Coworking community happened last Tuesday March 28th at the Hinesburgh Public House. What a blast!
Key take-a-way? Folks want to do it again! Stay connected here and we'll keep you posted when it happens again.
Professionals from Hinesburg and surrounding towns came by as their schedules allowed between noon and 4. Relaxing music drifted above and Waitsfield Telecom's internet (they have an office in Hinesburg) performed flawlessly as we shared the spacious and welcoming dining room for a focused afternoon of "getting stuff done". A small group clustered at the large table in the southwest corner overlooking the Cheese Plant. I heard a snippets of a conversation between people that did not know each other - fantastic!
Fresh coffee (for those afternoon caffeine fiends - like me!) was there along with a selection of pastries from The Bristol Bakery down the street.
The real fun started as we gathered in the HPH's community room at about 4PM to check in and connect about what the current vision for the HUB is. We went around the table to introduce ourselves...and the list (see gallery below) was quite impressive, with people from non-profit, software development, web design, digital marketing, and childcare, and all points in between. A few folks trickled in and were promptly put on the spot to introduce themselves and share their reasons for being there. New connections were made and people that were practically neighbors met for the first time. Magical.
So, what's the vision for the HinesburgHUB?
The HinesburgHUB, planned as a Certified BCorp merging a triple bottom dedication to people, planet, and profit will bring work-at-home professionals, small business owners, entrepreneurs, students, and remote team members that suffer from isolation and distraction together in a collaborative, supportive, easily accessible office-place and community space that will act as an economic development spark for southeastern Chittenden County and northeastern Addison County.
The vision for the space is to offer private and secure offices, open plan "cafe" space, and dedicated desks with monthly, 6-month, and yearly access. Meeting room, event space rental, and business extension space services are planned as well.
Knowledge workers can ditch the “office regular” and their commute, adding productive time to their day, maintaining local social connections, sharing ideas with folks from different backgrounds, and being inspired away from home and office.
More to come on this...so many ways this will interconnect with the communities it strives to serve
Much gratitude to Will Patten and the folks at the Hinesburgh Public House for inviting us to use the space for the afternoon.
I snapped and shared a few photos of the day. And, kind of blew it on getting good shots of everyone that came to share the space...that's the fun part, meeting and connecting people. I promise to have more photos next time!