09 Jan ExitEvent Feature: Inside Fuquay Coworking, A Growing Facility in Southern Wake County
Near the historic strip of buildings parading downtown Fuquay-Varina is a multi-level, 2,500 square-foot space for startup teams to grow in Western Wake County. The draw for members, especially those local to Fuquay, is the option to avoid commuting the increasingly disastrous traffic patterns of I-40 going into Durham, RTP and Raleigh.
The space is partner to Innovate Fuquay-Varina, a six-month initiative to drive small business development and entrepreneurship in the town, inspired by the “Startup Weekend” movement. The program launched in August, subsequently hosting a series of seminars, panels, business networking and mentoring events all leading up to a 52-hour event called #InnovateFV Weekend at the end of January.
Since opening two years ago, the Fuquay Coworking space has gone through three expansion phases. That’s not including the latest expansion under construction, which co-founder Virginia Johnson says will double the space’s existing offerings with more dedicated desk options, private office options and shared space.
The member base is divided between individuals and small business teams, which range from custom cake designer Cakes to Envy to Solanimus, a company that develops software for gaming and business-related applications. Rates start at $25 for a single day pass and vary depending on which desk options and additional services the prospective member desires.
— Shannon Cuthrell contributed.
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