by Nicki Donnelson,
UniteNews Contributing Writer
In recent years, traditional office jobs have changed. Some changes can be traced to improved technology and a globalized economy. Other changes came as COVID-19 forced companies to accommodate remote work.
During this evolution, the demand for coworking space spiked at Missouri State University’s efactory (405 N. Jefferson), and a second space in the Plaster Free Enterprise Center was dedicated as coworking space.
At efactory’s 10th Anniversary Celebration on July 19, efactory announced the opening of a third coworking space at Brick City building 3. These semi-private offices, called Coworking @ Brick, located on the third floor of Brick City 3, are now available for remote workers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs.
“Coworking space is phenomenal for building synergy, sharing resources, networking, and brainstorming,” said Rachel Anderson, executive director of efactory.
The space in Brick City is directly across the street from the Plaster Free Enterprise Center, allowing tenants easy access to all the same amenities and resources available there.
#1 City for remote workers
This addition comes quick on the heels of The Wall Street Journal recognizing Springfield as the #1 city for remote workers. Some of the attributes noted in the ranking were:
• The relatively low cost of living.
• Quality of life (like reveling in the beauty of the Ozarks).
• Resources, like high-speed internet.
• Access to an airport that connects to larger hubs.
Support services at efactory – including coworking spaces, business support resources and talent development opportunities – are a major factor in improving the professional life for remote workers.
“We keep track of the pulse of the business economy so we can anticipate needs and make necessary moves quickly. This agility lets us help more people fulfill their potential,” Anderson said. “Our members are vital to the economic growth of our community, and we want to see them continue to thrive.”
Vision becoming reality
When efactory opened in 2013, it was a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs. The center still prides itself on providing this suite of services today, including:
• No-cost business consultations and mentorship.
• Space to start and grow your business, with private offices starting at just 150 square feet.
• Shared spaces and amenities to reduce overhead costs and barriers to entrepreneurship.
• Training on business fundamentals.
Beyond that, efactory has grown to encompass more programming for businesses and employers in the area, no matter where they are in the lifecycle. This includes corporate training, certifications, talent attraction and retention, and more.
The Springfield community has a rich history of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic vitality. The mural in the front door of efactory is a nod to many well-known businesses that call Springfield home (Bass Pro, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Andy’s, etc.).
Now, the staff at efactory stand poised to offer people in the region what they need to succeed in their careers.