Local entrepreneurs and business owners will soon have another alternative to working at home or from a coffee shop.
Purdue University Northwest's Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center at 7150 Indianapolis Blvd. in Hammond plans to open a coworking space catering toward businesses with a manufacturing component.
"We actually feel like Northwest Indiana has a great deal of resources for manufacturing," CMEC Director Mont Handley said. "We believe we can create the incubator for the next generation of manufacturing the way the Y Combinator has for Silicon Valley. Our coworking space will help entrepreneurs collaborate with other assets in the community, and even start to install scale-model automated manufacturing."
CMEC Coworking will be open to all entrepreneurs, but hopes to find those that involve manufacturing.
"We're working with a tech company that makes a circuit board in China right now," he said. "They could potentially make circuit boards on an automated system here in North America. ... We would actually welcome all entrepreneurs and road warriors. It can be so much more beneficial to work in a coworking space than a coffee shop or cafe."
The new space is slated to open at 10 a.m. on Aug. 9, which is National Coworking Day, with a soft opening on July 24. The first five tenants who sign up for a year get a 25-percent discount on rent.
Tenants get a 24/7 key card to the facility, a desk and chair, private offices, conference rooms, training rooms, mail service, Wi-Fi, coffee service, a microwave, a mini-refrigerator, counseling from an entrepreneur in residence, access to printers and scanners and a receptionist during peak hours.
For more information, call 219-989-3251, email email@example.com or visit https://centers.pnw.edu/cmec/purdue-calumet-opens-commercialization-and-manufacturing-excellence-center/.