NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — There’s a new way to do business coming to Norfolk and Newport News.
Gather allows startups, freelancers and even Fortune 500 companies to rent space and network.
Savannah Bolin is the regional director for Hampton Roads. She told WAVY.com, “What our claim to fame is, we provide community so we bring people in and we provide your coffee, your printing, we do events for you … we have flapjack Friday, we do networking events.”
Renovation work is happening right now on the 15th and 16th floors of the BB&T building in downtown Norfolk.
The finished design incorporates a large open space working area as well as semi-private and private office suites and conference rooms.
“We have TVs in most of our conference rooms with video capabilities and all the connectors.” Bolin said.
All members have access to the conference rooms, as well as a kitchen with a dishwasher that Gather loads and unloads for you, a designated room for nursing moms to pump with a separate refrigerator, private booths for phone calls and a podcast booth.
Offices hold from four to 42 people and sometimes, Bolin explained, they combine forces to get ahead.
“Maybe they can’t staff an admin full time, but they might be able to staff them 10-15 hours and sometimes companies will collaborate and they’ll actually share an admin or they need a marketing person and we can tell them hey, here’s the marketing people that are in our space.”
Members have 24/7 access to any Gather location: Norfolk, Newport News and three locations in Richmond.
Members can hold events or training in the space, and in Norfolk they can even pull up a few seats and watch a parade come down Waterside Drive.
Gather Norfolk opens June 6.
The Newport News location in the new Tech Center Research Park opens in August.
Membership starts at $250 a month for the coworking open space, and it’s $350 for a dedicated desk.
Workatgather.com has more information about Gather and setting up a tour.