Oakley Entrepreneur Center

Oakley Entrepreneur Center

The Oakley Entrepreneur Program is designed to strengthen Oakley’s small business and entrepreneur community and help them to grow and expand.  In order to help achieve these goals, the City of Oakley is building the Oakley Entrepreneur Center in downtown Oakley. The Entrepreneur Center will be located in the upstairs space of the building located at 3330 Main Street, across from the Civic Center Plaza.

The Entrepreneur Center is designed to be the potential next step for Oakley’s start-up and home-based entrepreneurs.  As these small businesses grow, there is a need for office space that is more affordable and less capital intensive than typical office space.  The Entrepreneur Center will be fully furnished, and able to accommodate 15 – 20 businesses.  The 2,200 square foot space will include:

  • Individual offices
  • Large & small conference rooms
  • Co-working space
  • Internet connectivity through a wireless network

Construction at the Entrepreneur Center is currently underway, with completion anticipated prior to the end of the year.   Prospective tenants will be able to tour the space by the end of November.  The pictures below show a schematic drawing of the co-working space as well as construction photos.

 

The co-working space will include two co-working desks for four people and a stand-up desk to accommodate two people.  In addition there will be couches and lounge chairs.  The large conference room can accommodate 10 – 12 people and the small conference room can accommodate four people.

It is anticipated that rent for the individual offices will be $350 per month and $250 per month for the co-working space.  Rent payments will include all utilities, access to the wireless network and use of a common printer.  Tenants will be expected to provide their own laptops and cellular phones.

In addition to the use of the facilities, tenants in the Entrepreneur Center can benefit from small business programs offered by Oakley’s Economic Development program, including Business Plan training programs, business workshops, coaching and networking activities.

Co-Working

The use of co-working spaces have expanded as a viable option in recent years, but some are not familiar with what it entails or the potential advantages.  A co-working space is a place where you can go as often as your schedule allows, sit down at a desk, couch or lounge chair and work among other entrepreneurs.  Some advantages that you may realize include the following:

Structure

Working from home presents an abundance of distractions. Keeping work separate from home allows you to keep structure in your life and provide you a reason to get out of the house.

Becoming More Effective

An office environment creates an energy and mindset that can only come from interacting with fellow workers. In a co-working space, where everyone is busy on their own passion projects, this energy can be contagious.

Avoiding Loneliness

It’s often said that the life of an entrepreneur can be a lonely one. Though you’ll be working on your own business, a co-working space surrounds you with like-minded people who have picked an independent lifestyle that matches yours.

Networking Through Co-working

Working alone places a barrier between you and people who could potentially help your business. Co-working puts you near people who might have vastly different skill-sets or solutions to problems, allowing you to “pick their brains”.

Flexibility

If you’re starting to consider office space, you may not be able to commit to a long-term lease, buy furniture and pay utility bills.  A co-working space takes care of these issues and allows you the flexibility you need at this stage of your business growth.

Application

If you are interested in being part of the Entrepreneur Center, the City is now accepting applications.  Please fill out the application below and return to Oakley City Hall, care of  Economic Development.

Entrepreneur Center Application

We are excited about the Oakley Entrepreneur Center opening and look forward to better serving Oakley’s small business and entrepreneur community.  Please continue to visit this page to track progress and access  other documents.  Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have.  I can be reached at (925) 625-7006 or by email at dalman@ci.oakley.ca.us.

Dwayne Dalman

Economic Development Manager, City of Oakley