Entrepreneurs find balance in creating co-working space in western Henrico | Biz Buzz

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Between the three of them, Bunny Young, Amyrose Miller, and Courtney Buzzell Riley are juggling more than a dozen business ventures.

They also are parents of young children and have felt the pressure of trying to manage work and home obligations.

“How many times I have sat on the floor in my bathroom with the door closed and locked, with my earphones in, having a conversation with a client,” said Young, who has two daughters.

The three women have created Balance Space, a co-working space with on-site child care in western Henrico County.

The 10,093-square-foot space at 10431 Patterson Ave., near Otlyn Road, has individual offices for lease and dedicated desks in shared open spaces. Monthly rents for the 30 various-sized private offices range from $800 for a 70-square-foot space to $2,750 for a 140-square-foot space with a window and overhead cabinet storage.  All come with 24-hour access, business promotion on social media, high speed Wi-Fi and some other perks.

In addition, 10 dedicated desk spaces, general memberships and day passes also are available.

Members also have use of a studio with professional lighting and a backdrop for photography and a sound room for recording podcasts. An advisory panel will offer mentoring.

“The advisory board is going to be experts, everything from legal to marketing to book publishing. Our members get access to them, said Riley, who co-owns CoWork Gloucester VA.

“It’s kind of co-working plus business incubation,” said Riley, who is mom to a 14-year-old and is carrying her second child.

Miller, who is a veteran and has three boys ages 4, 7 and 9, operates Nouveau., a sign company, and Dixie Salvation Farm, a mini farm.

Beverly Fischer is manager.

The three owners of Balance Space are using personal funds to cover the startup and operating costs, including costs to renovate the main co-working area. The building was previously home to an eye care practice. Some of the office spaces are already rented while renovations continue on the space.

“One other thing that’s cool to mention is we are doing ‘kidpreneur’ workshops,” Riley said.

“So it won’t just be childcare. It will actually be workshops that help fuel the kids’ entrepreneurial passions. That’s important to us as moms that we aren’t just having children watched but having them empowered just like we are doing,” Riley said.

People interested in the space can call for a personal tour or attend a free networking event from 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 17. Learn more at thebalance.space or look for @balancespacecoworking on Facebook.



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