Who are the key people behind DurangoSpace? Jasper Welch attended the International Business Incubation Conference in Orlando, FL in May 2010 where Jeremy Neuner was a presenter on the emerging coworking and flexible workspace movement. Jasper headed back to Durango with a business development question: How about coworking and flex space in downtown Durango, CO? First some additional background. Our cofounders Nancy Wharton and Jasper Welch have served as management consultants, trainers and entrepreneurs, based right here in Durango, CO. Nancy’s expertise and client work includes market research, marketing strategies, meeting facilitation, customer satisfaction training and business development for small businesses, non-profits and emerging companies. Jasper’s expertise and client work includes business incubation, Board of Directors development, leadership teams, marketing plans, communications strategies and executive coaching. Working together as co-founders of DurangoSpace, Nancy and Jasper transformed over 6-months of research in 2010 and 10-years of mobile and remote work experience to create DurangoSpace, in order to provide coworking in downtown Durango, CO. And while Nancy retired from active operations at DurangoSpace late 2013, she has remained as a cofounder and advocate for coworking in western Colorado. We opened Durango’s premier coworking community in downtown Durango in February 2011 and (thanks for our members) we have become an entrepreneurial and innovation hub in downtown Durango. With over 100 customers and several dozen active coworking members, DurangoSpace is a vibrant professional community, with members from a variety of backgrounds, education, and work experience. In December 2017, we pivoted our membership model to offer fourteen reserved workspaces and we’ve modified our open coworking desks to Flexspace. On April 2020 we will celebrated our 9th anniversary of continuous ‘Workspace-as-a-Service’ in downtown Durango, CO. We are now located at 101 W 11th Street, Suites 108 & 109 in the Crossroads/Alpine Bank building. Come by and visit us at DurangoSpace! The cup of Desert Sun Coffee is on us!
We have been members of InBIA (business incubation & entrepreneur centers), the Mountain Coworking Alliance, Rocky Mountain Incubation Collaborative (RMIC) and current member Durango Chamber , the Alliance and Local First. We in involved and contributing to our Durango, CO community as an active Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO).
Our “early adopter” Sponsors: Thanks to Region 9 Economic Development District for their Durango Space initial sponsorship (2011 to 2015), which opened up our coworking space for various Region 9 projects and initiatives in southwestern Colorado. Region 9 is a Colorado non-profit community economic development corporation that promotes and coordinates economic development efforts throughout five (5) counties and 2 Ute Indian tribes in southwestern Colorado. Contact them at 970-247-9513 or on web at www.scan.org We were colocated with SCAPE from 2013 to 2017, the regional accelerator for SW Colorado. Contact Elizabeth for more info on launching your company! And thanks to the Ft. Lewis College Small Business Development Center for their ongoing support, sponsorship and hosting SBDC events at DurangoSpace and SCAPE. For more info on the FLC-SBDC or call their offices at 970-247-7009. Both SCAPE and the SW Colorado SBDC are now located in the FLC Center for Innovation (835 Main, 2nd floor) in downtown Durango.