Boone County Economic Development Commision

June 15th, 2015 – Molly Whitehead, Executive Director of the Boone EDC, visited three unique co-working spaces on a recent trip to Madison, WI for the International Economic Development Council’s semi-annual meeting.

Who would have thought so many variations of co-working spaces could exist in the same place!  Take an inside look at:

  • 100 State – a more traditional co-working space offering entrepreneurial bootcamps and events like game nights to bring start-up businesses together
  • Sector 67 – a “makerspace” for entrepreneurs and hobbyists alike.  Sector 67 offers classes for people ages 7-65 in welding, woodworking, sewing and 3D printing
  • FEED Kitchens – a space promoting and assisting upcoming food-based businesses

Don’t forget, Boone County has its own co-working space:  zWorks a traditional, open-office space conducive to collaboration as well as individual “head’s down” spaces.

100 State –

100 state is a more traditional co-working space with 200 members comprised of entrepreneurs and business people and even artists and a magician.  Rent is around $50-$75/month for traditional members.

An improve whiteboard that helps generate creativity

An “improv” whiteboard that helps generate creativity

One of the many places to hang out at 100 State - don't worry, the natives are friendly!

One of the many places to hang out at 100 State – don’t worry, the natives are friendly!

A Foosball table can offer a much needed break.

A Foosball table can offer a much needed break.

Sector 67 –

A true makerspace for entrepreneurs and hobbyists alike.  Sector 67 offers classes for people ages 7-65 in welding, woodworking, sewing, and 3D printing.

Sector 67's sign helps incorporate their unique focus as a co-working space:  hands-on, crafting enthusiasts and hobbyists welcome!

Sector 67’s sign helps incorporate their unique focus as a co-working space: hands-on, crafting enthusiasts and hobbyists welcome!

Because who doesn't like to play with LEGOs!?

Because who doesn’t like to play with LEGOs!?

A welding space in Sector 67

A welding space in Sector 67

A wooden Pi mold, literally made for pies! (Get it?!)

A wooden Pi mold, literally made for pies! (Get it?!)

Plenty of industrial sewing machines in the space to utilize for your next project.

Plenty of industrial sewing machines in the space to utilize for your next project.

A 3D printed bracelet

A 3-D printed bracelet

FEED Kitchens –

FEED is a multi-use food incubator used by food trucks and other businesses, such as a pulled pork food truck, a coffee roaster, a sauce maker, and a spice company.  Casual users such as Girl Scout troops, non-profits, and individuals cooking for large family gatherings can also rent space.  There is an hourly rate to use the kitchen spaces with additional rent charged for refrigerator, freezer, or pantry storage.

A beautiful day in Madison, WI to tour the food incubator space!

A beautiful day in Madison, WI to tour the food incubator space!

Just one of the several food prep areas in FEED Kitchens

Just one of the several food prep areas in FEED Kitchens

A coffee roaster... could the next great coffee place come from here?  We'll see!

A coffee roaster:  could the next great coffee place come from here? We’ll see!

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