Last week three members of the Escondido City Council, including Mayor Sam Abed, crossed the street from City Hall to help cut the ribbon for the new Synergy Centre in the downtown area: a new take on what it means to go to the office.
The mayor assured COO Denise Benz and her staff that Escondido is very business-friendly and promised: “Just call us if you need anything!”
The Synergy Centre is the newest example locally of what the Harvard Business Review calls “coworking spaces,” which in September 2015 wrote that “There seems to be something special about coworking spaces. As researchers who have, for years, studied how employees thrive, we were surprised to discover that people who belong to them report levels of thriving that approach an average of 6 on a 7-point scale. This is at least a point higher than the average for employees who do their jobs in regular offices, and something so unheard of that we had to look at the data again.”
Synergy Centre, located at 140 North Escondido Blvd., offers meeting space, private offices, shared offices, flex space and virtual office space.
Coworking spaces are blossoming all over San Diego County like mushrooms at midnight. There are about 3,200 of such spaces in the U.S. and they are multiplying at a fast rate in the rest of the world.
Whatis.com defines coworking space this way: “Coworking is a business services provision model that involves individuals working independently or collaboratively in shared office space. … The owner of the space provides a work environment and, usually, office equipment and amenities found in a typical office.”
Wikipedia describes it thus: “Coworking is a style of work that involves a shared workplace, often an office, and independent activity. Unlike in a typical office, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization.”
The Synergy Centre will be hold Wine Down Wednesdays every week, beginning August 15, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Special Guest will be etiquette expert and author Elaine Swann author of “Let Crazy Be Crazy.” Cost to attend is $10, which includes a copy of the book.
Wine Down Wednesdays will occasionally have wine tasting from local wineries, guest speakers, the spoken word comedians and more. It’s a chance to meet up with other professionals to network. According to Synergy, “Our meetup group allows our members to meet new people, share ideas and market their business.”
To find out more about the Synergy Center, call 769-279-2445. Find them at Facebook @thesynergycentre, on Instagram @thesynergycentre and on Twitter @sccoworks.