Last year, Biz2Credit ranked New York City as the no. 1 best city for small business growth. With over 220,000 small businesses located and dispersed throughout the five boroughs, 98% of those are considered small, with under 100 employees and about 89’% are classified as very small, with less than 20 employees. New York City has continued to take the lead and thrive, the Big Apple along being the home to over half a million freelancers – the highest number in any U.S. city.
Co-working spaces have become an emerging trend, shaping the way entrepreneurs and freelancers do business. Individuals holding non-traditional careers are offered the same benefits as being in an office setting with a few additional advantages – one of those being keeping overhead costs down while cultivating an environment for networking opportunities. One Brooklyn-based co-working space successfully bridging the gap of small businesses and freelancers is BKLYN Commons.
With branches conveniently located in Prospect-Lefferts Garden (PLG) and Bushwick/Williamsburg neighborhoods, BKLYN Commons has become a significant proponent in these diverse communities for nearly three years. Their affordable rates, welcoming environment and long-term investment have significantly set themselves apart from competitors.
“BKLYN Commons is much more than a co-working space, it’s a collective,” says Tiffany Murchison, of TJM & Co. Media Boutique, a local business owner and member of BKYLN Commons’ Bushwick space. “It is apparent that the relationships I’ve built will be lifelong connections. We share family stories, celebrate milestones, and support each other in tough times. We’ve found ways to do business together and to support the surrounding businesses from the food trucks to the coffee shops.”
TJM & Co. Media Boutique
With 90% of BKLYN Commons members living and working nearby, it has become easier to serve the local community. “As an entrepreneur, I am constantly seeking opportunities to collaborate with like-minded professionals whom I can learn from and share experiences. At BKLYN Commons, we’re truly fortunate to provide a place where businesses and stakeholders can come together in commerce and community,” said Johanne Brierre, Head of Growth at BKLYN Commons.
Becoming a BKLYN Commons member means becoming an integral part of a flourishing community that offers a potpourri of benefits. Along with a comfortable office setting, members are offered and have access to an open desk, virtual or private office, high-speed WiFi and printing/scanning services, and a fully stocked kitchen. Both Brooklyn branches provide members with a 24/7 access to each location, giving flexibility to workday or night. At a discounted rate, members also have access to MWBE spaces including the rooftop garden. PLG’s rooftop garden has stunning views of Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Museum, and the Brooklyn skyline.
BKLYN Commons’ event spaces are often the site of many networking events including monthly meetups, resource fairs, the MWBE Procurement & Resources Expo, and others. These kinds of opportunities allow members to network with another while also meeting people from surrounding neighborhoods who often host events within the space.