Howard County’s first
co-working space, The Shared Drive, is back!
When tornadoes tore
through Kokomo on Aug. 24, Inventrek Technology Park sustained heavy damage
that forced the temporary closure and evacuation of the facility at 700 E.
Firmin St. That left the business incubator’s 27 tenants and The Shared Drive
without a home.
But thanks to two local
businessmen, five Inventrek tenants and The Shared Drive have a temporary space
to set up shop and get back to doing business here in Howard County and beyond.
Joining The Shared
Drive in office spaces at East Lincoln and Albright roads are Today’s the Day
Coaching & Hypnosis, ICAPE, Foxglove Digital Information Systems, Secure
Business Solutions and Green Alternatives.
Mike McCool, manager of
economic development for the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, praised
building owners Rex Gingerich and Cartwright Ellis for their assistance in keeping
The Shared Drive and Inventrek tenants operational while the East Firmin Street
facility undergoes extensive renovations.
“As a business
incubator program, Inventrek affords start-up companies an opportunity to get
into business without excessive overhead expenses,” McCool said. “By offering
our tenants temporary office space at a reduced rate, Gingerich and Ellis have given
them the same solid foundation they enjoyed at Inventrek. It’s clear these two
successful businessmen understand the value of the Inventrek program here in
The temporary office
space is in a great location and offers excellent amenities, including office
suites and conference space, McCool said.
All members of The
Shared Drive have access to the office and conference space, as well as copy
and fax machines and wireless internet service.
Patty Pavey, of Today’s
the Day Coaching & Hypnosis, said she is excited for the chance to get back
to business as usual.
“To me, it was
something that was over and above,” she said of Inventrek staff’s assistance in
finding temporary office space. “It’s not like they didn’t have their hands full.”
It shows Inventrek’s
commitment to its tenants’ success.
Pavey said staying with
the Inventrek program was an easy choice.
“It’s nice to be here
with other tenants,” she said. “It’s almost like family support here.”
appreciative of the new space, she said she will be excited to get back to
Inventrek once renovations are complete.
McCool said though no
timeline is yet available for those renovations, the goal is to get the
facility up and running again as quick as possible.