Biloxi recognizes entrepreneurs for bringing co-working spaces t - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Biloxi recognizes entrepreneurs for bringing co-working spaces to town

The idea is that business owners pay memberships to rent private office space and use services such as Internet and phone, rather than paying monthly rent for their own brick and mortar building. (Photo source: WLOX) The idea is that business owners pay memberships to rent private office space and use services such as Internet and phone, rather than paying monthly rent for their own brick and mortar building. (Photo source: WLOX)
The idea is that business owners pay memberships to rent private office space and use services such as Internet and phone, rather than paying monthly rent for their own brick and mortar building. (Photo source: WLOX) The idea is that business owners pay memberships to rent private office space and use services such as Internet and phone, rather than paying monthly rent for their own brick and mortar building. (Photo source: WLOX)
Geneva Dummer owns The Meeting Place on Water St. (Photo source: WLOX) Geneva Dummer owns The Meeting Place on Water St. (Photo source: WLOX)
Jana Franco owns The Junction in the Vieux Marche (Photo source: WLOX) Jana Franco owns The Junction in the Vieux Marche (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

A business concept that's working well in large cities is now available in downtown Biloxi. It's called "co-working," an idea that allows small business owners to share resources.

Two young entrepreneurs are convinced that this concept makes sense for the business community in downtown Biloxi. And their efforts were recognized by the City of Biloxi on Tuesday.  

Mayor Fofo Gilich recognized Jana Franco and Geneva Dummer for helping spark the entrepreneurial spirit in downtown Biloxi. Both young women recently opened co-working ventures. Franco owns The Junction in the Vieux Marche.

"It needs to be open and private all at the same time," said Franco, as she showed a visitor the available space.

Business owners can choose membership levels, which gives them access to private office space, conference rooms, and internet access.

"It's for small businesses and start-ups. Telecommuters, remote workers. It's a place to come and get out of your house to work. It's also a great place to start a business. Less expensive than your traditional going and renting your own space,” she said.

It's not just about sharing space and resources. Co-working often involves creating a small business community.

"Of other small businesses and like minded people to come and work with, to be able to bounce ideas off of. I love hearing people's stories and hearing what their business ideas are and how excited they get about it. I get just as excited," said Franco.

Geneva Dummer owns The Meeting Place on Water Street.

"This is the collaborative work space. So this is what I thought would be a productive and efficient way of co-working. So instead of a bunch of people sitting at restaurant style desks, I thought people would want some other options," said Dummer, as she showed off the available spaces.

Private office space is available, but The Meeting Place also offers semi-private options.

"And so if you want an office, you would work together and you guys would kind of chip in on the cost," she explained.

A big selling point here is the one gig of dedicated fiber.

"You would have to pay an awful lot of money to get a gig of fiber delivered to your door, but you get that benefit here at the Meeting Place. You don't have to go and open a brick and mortar storefront. You can work right out of this location."

Both women say they were encouraged by Mayor Gilich's promotion of business and technology, including the broadband initiative.

Copyright 2016 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Jury finds Scotty Street guilty of capital murder of Frankie Fairley

    Jury finds Scotty Street guilty of capital murder of Frankie Fairley

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 2:14 PM EDT2017-07-26 18:14:26 GMT
    Scotty Lakeith Street (Photo source: D'Iberville Police Dept.)Scotty Lakeith Street (Photo source: D'Iberville Police Dept.)

    A Jackson County jury has found Scotty Street guilty of capital murder in the 2014 stabbing death of Frankie Fairley.

    More >>

    A Jackson County jury has found Scotty Street guilty of capital murder in the 2014 stabbing death of Frankie Fairley.

    More >>
  • I-10 westbound backed up for miles in Jackson Co.

    I-10 westbound backed up for miles in Jackson Co.

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 12:26 PM EDT2017-07-26 16:26:11 GMT
    (Photo source: Dianne Lewis)(Photo source: Dianne Lewis)

    Westbound traffic on I-10 in Jackson County is backed up for miles after a crash involving an 18-wheeler near the Ocean Springs exit.

    More >>

    Westbound traffic on I-10 in Jackson County is backed up for miles after a crash involving an 18-wheeler near the Ocean Springs exit.

    More >>
  • Duck population overpowering Jackson Co. neighborhood

    Duck population overpowering Jackson Co. neighborhood

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 12:04 PM EDT2017-07-26 16:04:54 GMT

    Residents of Martin Lake Resort in Jackson County say they're trying everything they can do to get rid of the rapidly multiplying duck population wreaking havoc on their neighborhood.

    More >>

    Residents of Martin Lake Resort in Jackson County say they're trying everything they can do to get rid of the rapidly multiplying duck population wreaking havoc on their neighborhood.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly