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The Shared Drive establishes temporary office space

09/16/2016

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 Howard County.”

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.”

Though she’s 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.