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NORWICH — Foundry66 showed off its facility’s newly-renovated second floor with a guided tour Friday, and now the shared working space is looking to double its membership.
“It’s great,” Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom said. “This project has come a long way, and the second-floor renovations were funded entirely with private money.”
The new space at 66 Franklin St., the former home of The Bulletin, will feature seven small private offices — six of which are already filled, NCDC Community Manager Jill Fritzche said. She said those businesses include a water remediation company, a dance studio, a biotech company, a massage therapist and two staffing services.
In addition to the private office space, the floor features 11 designated desks, a multimedia room and a 40-seat conference room.
“We have a wide variety of resources at our disposal,” Fritzche said. “It’s curtailed to the entrepreneurs and their needs. We are simply curators of the space.”
Fritzche said the renovations will allow Foundry66 to effectively double its membership.
“We currently have 28 members,” Fritzche said. “We hope to accommodate 54 with this new floor coming on line.”
Laura Harrington owns marketing company Unify Business Solutions and is a Foundry66 member. She said that her business has nearly doubled in volume since joining the collaborative workspace.
“I have met so many great people, and received so much support,” Harrington said. “It’s a great family environment and an awesome business atmosphere.”
Fritzche said memberships are offered on a month-to-month basis, but members can stay as long as needed.
“They can stay as long as they want,” she said. “But our goal is for them to outgrow us.”