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The Exchange Opens Its Doors

The Overstreet Center for Entrepreneurship, otherwise known as The Exchange, is a program proudly supported by the Owen County Community Foundation. It is Owen County’s one and only coworking and shared co-working space. Members are startups, freelancers, new workforce, remote workers, creatives, side hustlers, and small companies. Members enjoy a beautiful workspace in Spencer with natural light, business equipment, podcast room, free coffee, free printing, and super, fast WiFi.

The Exchange is located on the second floor of the OCCCEDC building located at 119 S. Main Street, Spencer, Indiana. This 1920 sq ft. space is equipped with ten office spaces with lockers, a conference room, media room, and a communal space with kitchenette and unisex restroom facilities.

The Exchange offers Owen County’s independent workforce a physical home to advance business initiatives and economic development. Several scheduling packages are offered ranging from 365/24/7 access to a nights and weekends only availability. The priorities of the OST include the following initiatives:

(1) to attract and train the region’s future work force

(2) to provide physical business resources, WIFI access, and amenities for Exchange members

(3) to develop opportunities to support diverse and minority owned businesses through program and resource access

(4) to partner with the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship to aid Exchange members in business start-up and growth

(5) to collaborate with area industry employers.

A compelling component of The Exchange is the partnering with the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship. The Exchange is able to offer access to such academic courses as business planning, marketing, taxes, and finance for the entrepreneur. In addition, the partnership also affords the clients of The Exchange’s resources for business consulting and involvement in community programs and seminars that engage the entrepreneur. The Exchange also partners with area industry employers for expertise and input regarding in-demand jobs. Collaborating with local industries opens up opportunities for creative response and economic advancement for diverse and minority owned businesses, providing input into work-base needed skills, and insights into the demands of the market for the entrepreneur.

- Owen County Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development

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