Welcome to CoLab. Let's get work done together.
Some of you have heard of CoLab, but not everyone knows who or what we are! Simply put, CoLab is a coworking space. What is coworking? We’ll get there. Much more than just a space, we are a community of entrepreneurs, startups, nonprofits, remote workers, and small businesses. We offer a starting point for you and your business, and help lower your barrier to entry of cost through resource sharing. We aim to create collisions between entrepreneurs that translate to meaningful connections and lead to amazing collaborations. Welcome to CoLab. Let’s get work done together.
Who are we?
CoLab opened in April 2019 on the second floor of 312 S. Barstow Street. Historically, this location was the home of the Eau Claire JCPenny department store until its move to Oakwood Mall in 1987. Before CoLab, the space was the original home of Jamf Software before their relocation in 2014 to the brand new office in Phoenix Park. Jamf Software now employs over 1,000 full-time employees in over 10 countries around the world.
Our 5,000 square foot collaborative workspace features four meeting rooms, two phone booths, one private office suite, dedicated and flexible workspace, a break room, a kitchenette, and a patio overlooking Graham Avenue and the Chippewa River. In our kitchen, you will find hot, craft coffee brewed fresh throughout the day, a selection of tea and other beverages, and occasional snacks to keep you fueled up while you hustle. Grab a flex desk and go heads-down between cups of coffee while connecting with other members in the kitchen, or reserve a meeting room or phone booth for more private work. You know how you work best, let us help you do your best work.
What is Coworking?
Outside of inflated billion-dollar valuations, hip furniture and lighting, and infused waters from the likes of WeWork, coworking is not a new concept. Its origins can be traced back two-and-a-half decades to 1995 when the first “hackerspace” took off in Berlin, Germany. At its core, coworking is simply sharing office space with other companies and workers which allows sharing of resources to reduce costs. However, the community we aim to create at CoLab through engaging member and community events is what keeps people around.
Come to work, stay for the Happy Hour. Finish that presentation, but celebrate with your coworkers at the coffee pot. Working on a large project? Pull together some other coworkers for a Coworking Sprint and help hold each other accountable for making progress.
In a time where loneliness and social isolation are at epidemic levels, coworking can be a remedy for those most prone to these feelings. According to Small Business Labs, 89% of coworkers report feeling happier after joining a coworking space while at least 83% say they feel less lonely. We could throw numbers at you all day, but statistics show that coworking leads to less loneliness, more productivity, and higher motivation. Who wouldn’t want that?
This is your workspace.
Whether you need a day out of the home office, or want to start something long-term, we offer flexible memberships to fit all of your needs. Daily Drop-Ins are great for remote workers in town for a day or the working parent who needs a day away from the kids to get something done. Flex and Hot-Desk memberships are perfect for startup businesses who need a space to work, meet with clients, and network. Dedicated Desks are an ideal fit for established businesses or workers who want to work at the same desk every day.
Our space is staffed by a friendly management team who is here to help you succeed and build our coworking community. Even outside of staffed hours, our members have before- and after-hours access to CoLab- all using your mobile device.
Located within convenient walking distance to several local eateries, our location is perfect for you to grab a delicious bite on your lunch break, or grab a pastry after you park your car or bike. Don’t forget to check out all the local happenings in Downtown Eau Claire and grab a drink with some coworkers before catching your favorite act at Pablo Center or enjoying the free Sounds Like Summer Concert Series on Thursdays in Phoenix Park. Downtown Eau Claire is where it’s at- you want to be here.
Connect with us.
Does CoLab sound like a great fit for you or someone you know? Drop in sometime for a tour of our space at 312 S. Barstow St. Suite 2. We are located right across the street from the Micon Budget Cinema. When you enter, hang a left and take the elevator to the second floor. Our friendly staff can show you around and discuss how we can help or connect you to the right resources to help you succeed.
For specific questions or inquiries, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 715.514.2275.