At The Branch in South Bend, the ethos is connectivity – and that ethos is just as much about the spirit of community as it is The Branch’s state-of-the-art Metronet Zing network capacity, conference room and other amenities. It’s always open, and this co-working space, located at 108 N. Main St. in the heart of downtown, is a premier location for entrepreneurs and other co-working business professionals.
Now, The Branch is open to all members of Indiana’s co-working community! Owners Dan and Debi Neumann have joined the Indiana CoWorking Passport program, a network of co-working locations throughout the state committed to extending limited member privileges to each other as they work to build a better Indiana. Any member of the 20 participating locations – from the Hoosier small-town Richmond space to metro Indianapolis – may enjoy one free day per month at any in-network location.
At The Branch, that means that the “invitation to innovate” is extended to any passport visitors, as well as The Branch’s local clientele. Guests attending a conference at Notre Dame, selecting a South Bend business site, or just passing through on their way to Chicago or Grand Rapids benefit from this regional strategy to co-work well together. New South Bend members are encouraged to come collaborate too.
“We keep a downtown hub location so that we can experience and add to the city’s energy,” said Dan, a technology expert and agile coach who opened The Branch in 2013. “We value the diversity and creativity of a robust start-up community in South Bend, one that we’re excited to share with others in Indiana, and we keep it all simple. When you become a member at The Branch, you get a key to the building and to the suite, and you come and go based on your needs. Our office is your office too.”
The Branch provides exactly the kind of environment that’s designed to make the Indiana CoWorking Passport program succeed, because it embraces a business climate that program co-founder Jason Tennenhouse says reflects the state’s start-up culture. “Think of Indiana as someday becoming one giant interconnected launch pad, where everyone’s helping and cheering each other along,” he said.
A PDF of the News Release is also available.