Check out OfficePort, a coworking space that’s looking to grow (Photos)
An outside view of OfficePort's first Kansas City location, at 208 West 19th St. Photo by Annie Sorensen.
Creativity, collaboration and coffee all flow readily at OfficePort, a coworking space in the Crossroads Art District in downtown Kansas City, Mo.
Opened in 2008 by business partners Shaul Jolles and Mike Edmondson, OfficePort is a low-cost, collaborative coworking space that caters to Kansas City businesses. Tech startups, small business owners, artists, freelancers and entrepreneurs can all find a space of their own at OfficePort.
After OfficePort got its start with the Crossroads location, additional locations soon opened in Chicago's downtown loop and Kansas City's historic River Market. And, according to its website, OfficePort has a mission "to establish an OfficePort in the downtown of every major U.S. city."
Below is a photo tour of the original location (all photos by Annie Sorensen). For more information on OfficePort, visit officeportnetwork.com.
OfficePort’s original location in the Crossroads Art District in downtown Kansas City.
OfficePort’s co-founder, Shaul Jolles. A proponent of the strong creative community in Kansas City, he founded OfficePort in 2008 to fill the void of affordable, collaborative office space for local creatives and entrepreneurs.
OfficePort provides an alternative to the traditional leased-space model of obtaining useful office space.
Got coffee? Local brews from Kansas City’s own Roasterie Café are always available at JavaPort, the large event area connected to OfficePort.
JavaPort is available for reservations from OfficePort tenants and the public, and frequently hosts wedding receptions, art shows and large-scale meetings.
Open collaboration spaces abound in the Crossroads location of OfficePort.
OfficePort doesn’t require deposits or long-term commitments from its tenants, providing a degree of flexibility. Prices vary on size and permanence of the space.
OfficePort aims to foster interaction, innovation and a sense of community.