Last night I had the pleasure to assist to the official opening of the new co-working space opened here in Joliette. The mayor of Joliette M. René Laurin was there to officially launch the project along with eighty people who were there to visit, drink wine, and exchange business cards. The new co-working space is located right on top of Librairie René Martin in downtown Joliette.
We want to encourage this kind of project because we think it encourage entrepreneurship here in Joliette. It enables small companies to have an affordable office space and enables entrepreneurs to meet new people with different work specialities.
Readers who have followed our blog for some time now know that we have done the software for The Code Factory, a co-working space for software startups in Ottawa. Co-Working Joliette has a different approach than The Code Factory for its pricing model and doesn't focus exclusively on software startups. Joliette (~100,000 inhabitants) is not Ottawa or Montreal, so it doesn’t have the affluence of new people that those two cities may have, but Joliette still has many entrepreneurs who need office space and want to meet new people. For this reason, entrepreneurs can work at Co-Working Joliette by purchasing a daily pass or rent office space on a monthly or yearly basis. You can have your own closed office or share a work table with other people. You can access your office 24/7, have a free parking space, and, of course, unlimited Internet access.
According to Benoit Grenier of Communication 8020, this is the second co-working space in the province of Quebec. They already have partnerships with two other co-working spaces: one in New York, the New Worker, and one in Vancouver, WorkSpace. They are in talks with a co-working space in London right now but nothing has been signed as of yet.
To me, the opening of a co-working location in a smaller community confirms what we've been claiming on our blog for the past two years. The Internet has made it possible to have clients all over the world, regardless of your company size and location. We've seen this first hand in the software world, but it also applies to firms specializing in marketing, translation, etc.
Good luck to all involved and let’s hope this project becomes a success in Joliette.