LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – In just 90 days of being open, MatchBOX Coworking Studio has already passed its two-year membership goals.
“We set a three-year goal to be sustainable, so our business plan only called for 25 members in the first year. But we blazed past our two-year goal of 50 members in less than 90 days, we have 56 members to date,” operations manager Ashley Scott said.
Jim Romanski joined MatchBOX last month.
“We saw it on Facebook, and we were like that’s something that our area is really lacking. We almost thought it was too good to be true, and then we came in here and saw it. This is a perfect fit for our team,” Romanski said.
Waypoint’s Kyle Burke has been a member since March. He said the working space opens new doors for small businesses.
“It’s taken a huge roadblock that most people face, and it’s taken it out of the equation now,” member Kyle Burke said. “It’s a really huge leg up for businesses.”
Scott said the members are a mix of recent college graduates all the way to retirees starting down a new career path.
“It’s truly a variety of backgrounds,” Scott said. “That’s the great part because that comes with different levels of experience that is like a built-in mentorship cycle that everyone just kind of learns from one another, collaborates and helps each other along.”
Scott continued, “Being around the most creative minds in our area has really helped stimulate us with ideas on how we can better serve our clients and market our homes and leverage technology.”
The community is also showing its support for the unique co-working space. Wabash National announced a $25,000 annual donation to the studio. Other sponsors announced Wednesday include Harbor Freight Tools, Nanshan America Advanced Aluminum Technologies, Duke Energy Corporation and Tipmont REMC.
MatchBOX also has #FoodTruckFriday’s since the grand opening in April.