Side hustlers, small businesses, remote workers, freelancers, entrepreneurs, startups and anyone on the spectrum of nontraditional worker bees — all are welcome to hang their proverbial shingle at CoWork Oberlin.
This new space, located at 215 Artino St., is a technologically enhanced haven for coworking with dedicated offices, conference space, quiet rooms and even a lactation room designed to create a community for people to network, collaborate and grow their businesses, says Sara Fisher, community and operations manager for the nonprofit.
“It’s a very relaxed type of environment,” she says. “We host a number of networking and collaborative events as well as educational programming. We have a partnership with the small business development center out of Lorain County Community College. They will be here one day a month to offer advising and counseling.”
In the works for more than a year-and-a-half, CoWork Oberlin is powered by LaunchHouse and owned and operated by the Oberlin Business Partnership.
“We’re here for economic development but also community building,” Fisher says. “Our new location, which opened Nov. 8, provides a place for people to come and meet with their clients or meet with potential investors.”
CoWork Oberlin offers office, flex and community memberships at competitive pricing. 
“Our office space is more doable for a lot of these smaller businesses that are not yet ready to have their own building, but they just need an office where they can work and not have the added distraction of, ‘Oh yeah, there’s this pile of laundry that needs to be folded and put away,’” she says.