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Working from home can be isolating, so many have experienced this recently. However, creativity comes in shared spaces, whether you are an entrepreneur, work-from-home mom, small-business owner or remote employee. The U.S Chamber of Commerce offers that “shared working spaces provide small businesses, independent contractors and other workers a space to get work done, network and participate in their local business community.”
With many effects of the Covid-19 pandemic at bay, people seek spaces and opportunities to get out of their home offices into shared spaces with others. Many co-working spaces in Arkansas have reopened their environment for memberships and shared users. New working pods are developing, and people are getting back to work.
Photo used with permission from Stoko.
15 Co-working Spaces in Arkansas
Stoko| Little Rock | single use or membership – amenities include conference rooms, phone booths, a fully equipped podcast room, a kitchen and unlimited drip coffee from Fidel & Co.
Cast Co + Work + Space | Bentonville | single use or membership – A co-working space set to foster creativity, collaboration, and productivity
The CoFounder | Rogers | membership – innovative tech access among Pinnacle Hills office spaces
loloft | Rogers | membership – industrial co-working space combining traditional workspace with warehouse access
Puncktuary | Rogers | membership – inclusive, intergenerational collaborative space structured to build community and cultural experiences
Likewise | Fayetteville | day pass, co-working, dedicated desks – a by-appointment collaborative workspace outfitted with amenities like equipment rentals and coffee shops, and access to the Fayetteville Square
CenterSpace | Fayetteville | open to the public – “creating community through creative collisions,” free office and conference space for entrepreneurs in the NWA Innovation District
Photo used with permission from The Nest.
The Nest | Little Rock | membership – Arkansas’ first co-working space for women by women
Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub | North Little Rock | classes and membership – committed to equipping entrepreneurs to expand Arkansas’ economic ecosystem through innovation and expanded opportunities
The Studio Downtown | Conway | membership – membership-based productivity spaces for co-working or remote work with dedicated desk space and office amenities
Photo used with permission from Loft 121.
Loft 121 | Searcy | membership – open-air workspace designed for freelancers and entrepreneurs
Spring River Innovation Hub | Cherokee Village | open to the public – committed to equipping and expanding businesses in rural Arkansas; multi-purpose co-working area with equipment access
The Garage | Jonesboro | membership and open access for students – makers and co-working space provided by Arkansas State University
The Generator | Pine Bluff | open to the public – Driven by a mission to support dreamers, makers, and doers with the latest tech and space to use it
While designated co-working spaces may not exist in every town across Arkansas, there are easy options that dissolve isolation. Consider places in your local community that might give you access to a public WiFi option.
Sandwich shop or deli
Public spaces on college campuses
Restaurant chains like – McDonald’s, Starbucks, corner bakery, McAlister’s, Jason’s Deli, Einstein’s, Panera, Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Denny’s, IHOP
Indoor play areas you take your kids (climbing walls, trampoline parks, crawl areas)
Keisha (Pittman) McKinney lives in South Arkansas with her husband and sweet Boxer, Bailey and one-year-old son! Keisha is passionate about connecting people and building community, seeking solutions to the everyday big and small things, and encouraging others through the mundane, hard, and typical that life often brings. She put her communications background to work as a former Non-profit Executive Director, college recruiter and fundraiser, and Digital Media Director at a large church in Northwest Arkansas. Now she is using all of those experiences through McKinney Media Solutions and her blog @bigpittstop which includes daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats, the social justice cases on her heart, and all that she is learning as a #boymom!