The Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES) at Cameron University now offers coworking space to encourage creativity and productivity among freelancers, professionals who work from home and those who are seeking an inexpensive venue in which to hold business meetings, brainstorming sessions, and more. The coworking space allows independent workers to utilize an environment that incubates creativity and innovation, expand networking opportunities and create new social and business relationships. For information about coworking, contact CETES at 580-581-5447.
“The creation of a coworking space allows CETES to provide a new venue that fosters economic growth in the Lawton-Fort Sill community,” says Arun Tilak, Director, CETES. “The advantages include the opportunity for users to learn from other users and collaborate with other users in starting new business ventures. Coworking helps individuals improve productivity, grow existing business networks and – as a result – increase income.”
Users of CETES’ coworking space pay a nominal fee, which includes the high speed internet, the ability to receive fax transmissions, printing, a publication resource library, access to a break room and a temporary parking tag. Fees range from $5 to $20 for open space on a daily or weekly basis. Private offices and conference rooms can also be reserved for fees ranging from $15 to $75. The space, located on the second floor of CETES, is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed during official Cameron University holidays.
The concept of coworking has been on the rise since 2005 and is one of the fastest growing business trends worldwide. Deskmag reported that as of March 2013 more than 110,000 people worked in the nearly 2,500 coworking spaces available worldwide. According to Deskmag’s Global Coworking Survey (2012), respondents indicated their creativity had been increased and their standard of work had improved since utilizing coworking space. The survey also indicated that 53 percent of users of coworking space are freelancers. Other users identified themselves as entrepreneurs or employees of small companies.
November 13, 2013