By Jai-Leen James, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The City of Miami Beach announced last week that it is partnering with WeWork, a co-work space service, to provide several programs and initiatives to draw interest and support the local small business community.
“It’s vital to us that we are welcoming and supportive to our small business community and that we share, create and promote resources they need to succeed,” Mayor Dan Gelber said in a press release.
“For some, the ability to have a shared workspace, like WeWork, provides easy activation and amenities and appeals to those seeking to open, operate and expand a business in Miami Beach. We are pleased to partner with WeWork and collaborate on unique and meaningful programming that will inspire, strengthen and sustain our thriving small business community.”
Membership discounts are being offered to small businesses in Miami Beach looking to plant roots and grow in the community. The partnership offers new member small businesses will receive a twenty percent discount for the first three months, and a ten percent discount on rent for every month afterwards.
Small non-profit organizations receive an endless fifteen percent discount. The partnership between the City of Miami Beach and WeWork will also host monthly volume growing workshops. Attendees will learn methods apply and help their own businesses succeed.
WeWork has invested more than $200 million in Miami since opening its first location in 2015. According to WalletHub, Miami is the 14th best large city to start a business in the United States.
“WeWork is thrilled to partner with Mayor Gelber and the City of Miami Beach to support small businesses in the area,” said WeWork Southeast General Manager Bobby Condon.
“In addition to providing these businesses with space, community and services at WeWork to help them scale and succeed, we will host an educational speaker series in partnership with the City of Miami Beach,” Condon explained.
Adding, “When WeWork opened in Florida, Miami Beach was our first chosen home. We look forward to continually supporting economic development in Miami Beach and establishing partnerships like this for years to come.”
Currently, WeWork operates eight shared workspace locations in Miami-Dade County – including two in Miami Beach. Freelancers, startups, small businesses and large enterprises are facilitated within WeWork.
WeWork is worth an estimated $47 billion and manages about 10 million square feet of office space in 32 countries. The company was originally founded as “GreenDesk,” an eco-friendly co-working space.