Over the last decade, coworking and shared workspaces have continued to see unprecedented growth. Traditionally, these offices were sought after by independent workers seeking a cost-effective place for working outside the home. But today, more large companies are seeing the advantages of shared office space.
“Overhead costs for an office are expensive. We can provide an all-inclusive package for individuals and businesses needing office space,” explains Kimberlee Bowlin, Office Evolution Cary’s business center manager. “We’re starting to see large corporate companies shy away from independent, brick-and-mortar offices and looking into coworking and shared office spaces. It provides a lot of overhead savings.”
Office Evolution Cary, which opened in 2018 off North Harrison Avenue, provides 26 private offices, three “micro-offices,” as well as shared meeting and coworking spaces. Office Evolution, as a company, was founded in 2003 by hospitality entrepreneur Mark Hemmeter. Mark wanted to create a coworking space designed for entrepreneurs.
“We offer everything a worker needs—a business address, mail service, phone, internet, receptionist, conference room time and 24/7 key access—so our clients work on their own schedule,” Kimberlee says. “We include it all so the entrepreneur can come in, get to work and start building their business."
Another key part of Office Evolution, Kimberlee explains, is the collaborative environment. Office Evolution Cary offers monthly lunch-and-learns and happy hours for members to network with each other.
“We describe what we build here as an ohana, a family. Ohana is the Hawaiian word used to describe a group of people fighting for the same purpose,” Kimberlee says. “We’re a family. We’re committed to helping each of our clients build their business however we can.”