Knoxville Feature: Co-working facilities serve as business incubators
AlmaDiem and it's Members are so honored to be featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel Newspaper today. Here are some of the highlights from the article titled, Co-working facilities serve as business incubators:
AlmaDiem is a high-end incubator off Kingston Pike in the Cedar Bluff area, catering primarily to small-business owners. The facility boasts an event atrium for personal-development workshops, educational classes, and spiritual seminars, as well as an essential-oil library with health and spiritually conscious retail products.
Other perks that come with the flat-rate rent are business coaching, virtual and social media development, event space without a fee, marketing and advertising, and even a cleaning service.
After finding success with her own massage-therapy private practice, Sanchez was inspired to create AlmaDiem in 2013. "I have dedicated my life to helping other small-business owners not only survive but thrive," she said. "We were three people, and within a year we were upwards of 30.
"I had always liked the Latin word 'diem' because it means to be present in your day, and my husband suggested 'alma,' which means 'soul' in Spanish," Sanchez said. "Together it means to be present within your soul every day." Sanchez said she refers to the tenants as "almas."
The first facility was 2,000 square feet, and the current facility, which opened in January, encompasses more than 5,000 square feet.
"Our facility is very large, but it had to be airy, welcome, warm and beautiful so, they (tenants) would have a space to relax and be inspired," she said. "The offices all have floor-to-ceiling windows and are 15 by 20 feet." Spaces currently start at $825 per month.
When an interior designer joined AlmaDiem earlier this year, she lent her expertise to design a warm and inspiring environment. Gone are any signs of the dental office or insurance company that used to inhabit the building.
Sanchez created an "Angel" program - because angels hover - and rents out fully furnished, shared offices that can be booked using an online program app. "Angels" pay $500 per month for desk space, and must sign a one-year contract.
"I wanted to keep the prices low because these are moms who are juggling multiple things and wearing multiple hats," she said. "It's important that this is affordable."
Even details from plate ware to linens to technical support are available for any gatherings or community events.
"We have TVs, microphones and all of the adapters to run Power Point presentations," Sanchez said. "Because we provide in-house business coaching and in-house networking, I felt very passionate that I wanted the Angels to create a home to see how far they can go in a year. It's an investment in themselves."
Current tenants include a mural artist, a potter, an interior designer, a nutritionist and health coach, an electrologist, an aesthetician, financial planners, a lawyer, a business coach, editor of a local magazine, and a self-defense and security firm. Sanchez serves as business consultant and has in-house bloggers to assist with social media.
Read the whole article here: Knoxville News Sentinel