Converspace coworking office opens in Sandhills

Jeanne Reynolds photos.

First, to be clear: Converspace does not sell Converse sneakers.
“Yes, that’s what the kids ask when they stop by,” laughed owner Tamika Washington.

Instead, the new business at Sandhills in Northeast Columbia is a place to converse, collaborate and network for entrepreneurs and small business people who need a place to work, for a day or longer.

Washington got the idea for the coworking space after transitioning from her job teaching middle school English to a position as a teacher coach, working from home.

“I missed that face-to-face connection,” the Blythewood native said. “I know so many small business owners and other teachers with part-time side businesses who go to a coffee chain or big-box place to work, but they have no place to collaborate. This gives them a place to have those conversations, network and meet potential clients.”

Converspace offers day passes and monthly memberships that include high-speed internet, wifi, a refrigerator to store lunch or snacks and even free coffee. Mailbox services are available for an additional fee.

Washington plans to host numerous networking events to showcase the space, including a “business, bingo and brews” evening, coffee chats with table topics or business speakers, and lunch-and-learns. On Jan. 30 – National Croissant Day – visitors can sample free croissants and use the space at no charge.

And unlike working at the library, as the business’s name implies, Washington encourages conversation among her clients and guests.

“We don’t have rules,” she said. “You don’t have to be quiet.”

Converspace is located at 136-4 Forum Drive. Washington can be reached at 803-743-6380 or converspace@gmail.com

Categories: Business, Columbia, Richland County

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