Collective Turf Brings Coworking to Urbana

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Innovative coworking environment opens April 20, 2009

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Champaign- Collective Turf, an innovative coworking environment, announced today that its coworking office space is available to freelancers, entrepreneurs, consultants, virtual employees, and anyone interested in starting a business venture or needing an office to call home-base.

Collective Turf uses a 'working alone, together' concept and provides an alternative for at-home professionals and freelancers to work independently while being surrounded by tools, resources and 'coworkers'. The first of its kind in the Champaign-Urbana area, Collective Turf offers full-time and part-time memberships for access to a desk, wireless connection with optional locking file cabinet and VoIP, and includes the use of an equipped conference room.

"We've had days where we bounced from one coffee shop to another or camped out at the public library, just to get out of the home office rut and to be around other people and different energy. Coworking offers a solution to the problem of isolation that many freelancers experience while working at home, while at the same time letting folks escape the distractions of home," said Susan Potter, Co-Founder & Technology Architect of Collective Turf. "Collective Turf offers a comfortable environment, office technology, secure WiFi connections and an opportunity to exchange ideas and insight with other 'coworkers' all while working in a professional, yet fresh space."

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Also, Collective Turf is a co-home to the Champaign-Urbana Freelancers Group, which held its first meeting on March 18th. The C-U Freelancers Group will offer a way for local freelancers to network and support one another, independently from Collective Turf Coworking. Meet up page:

"With our current economy, many people have turned to building their own business or are working in a virtual office," said Lucy Cross, Co-Founder & Creative Designer of Collective Turf. "Working independently is isolating and many can benefit from the creative synergy that happens when you have a pool of talented and creative folks come together, working within in the same space."

Collective Turf Residency
Collective Turf offers space residency by membership: Memberships include a desk with access to a wireless connection, optional locking file cabinet and VoIP, and use of the conference room with digital display, conference-call capabilities, white board, and seating for 10-12 people. Daily and weekly residency available for non-members, as well as hourly conference room rental.

Coworking @ Collective Turf
Located in downtown Urbana, Collective Turf Coworking, was created by nomadic entrepreneurs and Urbana residents Lucy Cross and Susan Potter. The two business partners took the concept of "working alone, together" and established a collaborative environment within a refurbished downtown building chosen for its easy accessibility by bus and by bike.

Unlike business suites or executive suites, the Collective Turf Coworking space is geared less toward those who want or need lots of privacy and more to those who want to work around other people. As a result, Collective Turf provides desk space in shared offices to encourage a community atmosphere.

The Collective Turf goal is simple - offer a comfortable, creative work space for freelancers, solo/micro entrepreneurs, telecommuters and virtual employees who want to expand beyond their home office, are tired of bouncing from coffee shop to coffee shop, and would benefit from a collaborative atmosphere and a place to call home-base.

Stop in: 110 W. Main Street, Urbana, IL 61801, between Priceless Books and the Heartland Gallery.
Follow: Collective Turf Coworking on Twitter: @CUCoworking


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