CenCon Cowork

CenCon Cowork is an elevated, urban, affordable launch-life community and the first in northeast Florida designed for women, open to all.

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Project Description

 

OUR MISSION

The mission of CenCon Cowork is to create a thriving collaborative community that empowers women to reach their lifestyle goals, gain self-confidence, and build economic equity in the global business marketplace. We believe in the economic advancement and empowerment of women.

 

THE CASE

  • According to the 2018 American Express Business “State of Women-Owned Businesses” report, Florida is ranked #1 in the country for the fastest growth rate of women-owned businesses.
  • Jacksonville currently ranks as the 14th best city in the nation, 2nd best city in the southeast, and the #1 city in Florida, for female entrepreneurs. (see the Facebook links @cenconcowork)
  • In 2018, the number of coworking spaces rose 16% in the U.S. and 36% outside the U.S.  Further, 44% of coworking space members are women (a rising trend), 35% of them are single entrepreneurs.

 

Women in Jacksonville constantly find themselves with limited community spaces where they can go to gather, recharge, learn, celebrate, and work with one another. Today’s women leaders, from every culture, community and generation, are searching for economic equity through entrepreneurship and meaningful connections that support their business goals and enrich their personal lives. The answer is CenCon Cowork, a community space designed for enterprising women, open to all.

CenCon [Center for Confidence = CenCon] Cowork is a space for those who identify as women and those who support women. It’s a space for women who desire a work environment that inspires and motivates them to elevate both professionally and personally. Our community welcomes women who are looking to grow, collaborate, connect, and create with like-minded people who support them and believe in their brand. This is where women work and relax, and fills a gap addressed by no other business in Jacksonville and the Florida First Coast. We're building a dynamic and diverse community of women who inspire each other to live more empowered lives.

CenCon Cowork is interested in like-minded investors who can help us make our idea, space, and community reach its full potential. We believe finding investors who share our values and believe in our vision are a core part of our future growth and success.

 

THIS COMMUNITY IS FOR YOU

Whether you are local, on vacation, or traveling and need a space for work or networking (please stop in and meet fellow women business owners and economic leaders), CenCon Cowork is for you if you are starting a business, growing your current business or team, seeking business partnerships, working from home or remotely, or need a place to host workshops and events. This is a space for home businesses, freelancers, flex timers, remote workers, and anyone who needs a productive space to elevate their work while supporting women entrepreneurs.

 

DESIGN AND AMENITIES

The modern design by a milspouse woman-owned business, offers a diverse, uplifting, and feminine theme of teal, grape, and silver hues. Our design delivers rich, warm, comfortable, and intimate spaces that are cozy and functional. We're creating a physical space where women can be motivated and inspired while working, meeting, and connecting with other like-minded women. Amenities include:

  • Cozy, modern furnishings conducive to work and relax.
  • Dressing room with curling irons, hair and makeup products.
  • A mom’s room suited for pumping or nursing.
  • A rotating selection of food and beverages with vegan and health options for purchase; breakfast and lunch options; cocktails, beer, and wine. Complimentary coffee and tea.
  • Two fully outfitted conference rooms, printing, and Free Wi-Fi.

 

SERVICES

CenCon Cowork offers professional services that make it easier for women to stay in boss mode. We've designed our services around the things we have found to be essential to our demanding careers in fast-paced environments. Services include:

  • Professional development services: mentor matching, executive coaching, business classes, professional development training, and member networking events.
  • Task and errand concierge services designed to give you back your free time: dry cleaning, gift shopping, shipping returns, and more.
  • Printing, copying, free wifi, parking garages ($37/month) and open lots ($4 - $5 day) and metered on-street parking (25 cents for 30 minutes, M-F 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and free evenings and weekends).

 

 

CenCon Cowork is a secure, beautifully designed, modern space for work and play offering services women want and need, making it easy for them to be their best selves. With over 4,000 sf under 10 and 12- foot ceilings, we offer a conference room, team rooms, media room, private offices, virtual spaces, and an open flex coworking space. We think about our services in five ways:

  • Those that enrich the intellectual fabric of our community.
  • Those that help members stay in boss mode by taking ‘action’ to grow their business.
  • Those that help women relax, recharge, and reconnect with one another socially.
  • Those where mompreneurs are supported and encouraged.
  • Those where women veterans and milspouse (Military Spouse) entrepreneurs gain full support and resources to meet their unique needs.

FLOOR PLAN

(over 4,000 SF with 10' - 12' ceilings)

 

 

PROGRAMMING

#InviteHer represents one of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs to introduce golf education as a strategic networking tool.
Workshops, speakers, and special events for professional and business development is an important part of our program.

CenCon Cowork fosters an ecosystem of programming, events, keynote speakers, and master classes that enhance our members and our greater community. As the popularity of coworking spaces is rising, people are discovering the ability to gain exposure, economic advancement, build their platform, create partnerships, and flourish in a community space that gives women the opportunity to express their individuality and ability.

We offer a rich calendar of programming and events plus learning opportunities for personal and professional growth.

  • Empowering workshops across a variety of topics: personal finance, negotiation, creative expression, stress reduction, meditation, etc.
  • Lecture series with female authors, artists, activists, and entrepreneurs about politics, culture, and art.
  • Partnership mentoring program with economically disadvantaged teenage and college girls.
  • Nonprofit partnership to teach golf education as a strategic business asset for women and collegiate girls.

ARTIST, RETAIL AND CONSIGNMENT PROGRAM

Our onsite corporate gift shop is stocked with member-made products and gifts. We offer a consignment program for emerging artists and creatives to show and sell their work. Our walls feature art by local female artists. Our library stocks books by local female authors alongside other well-known names.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)

  • CenCon Cowork believes corporate social responsibility is a must. We have partnered with two organizations to support the growth of our members while giving back to the community.
  • DREAMWEEK INC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization whose mission is to increase community engagement and social progress through the lens of Dr. King's Dream. Annually DREAMWEEK Jax hosts the DREAMTELLERS BRUNCH to give women businessowners a platform to tell the story of how they are living, launching, and pursuing their dreams through entrepreneurship. CenCon Cowork members will have an opportunity to use this platform to grow their business and elevate their brand.
  • Project C.L.A.S.S. (Creating Leaders and Shaping Sisters) is an enrichment and developmental program aimed at women of color. Project CLASS is designed to help young women to elevate their image in college and their future professional career. The program focuses on developing social and interpersonal communication skills through courses and workshops on etiquette, effective communication, budgeting, and professional relationships. Every participant that completes the program is eligible to receive a professional business suit and up to a $1000 scholarship is offered to one outstanding participant.

LOCATION AND SPACE

 

It is important that women feel safe. CenCon Cowork membership and after hours entry is through the secure lobby of Residences at City Place Condominiums in downtown Jacksonville. Deliveries and client reception is from the Julia Street entrance.

Cencon Cowork is Jacksonville’s first coworking accelerator designed for women who desire to connect, collaborate, and grow professionally and personally. It is located at 311 N. Ashley Street at Residences at City Place Condominiums, a sixteen story 211-unit, full-service high-rise community in downtown Jacksonville with a clubhouse, gym, laptop bar and lounge, shops, restaurants, and onsite security and management.

Residences at City Place Condominiums offers the ideal live-work scenario for cowork members seeking a place to call home within the same building. Amenities include three elevators, exercise room, handicap access, laundry room, nighttime on-site security, on-site property manager, parking facilities available, clubhouse with sports TV & free Wi-Fi access, and small pets are allowed. The units feature studios to two-bedroom floor plans.

Cencon Cowork is housed within 4,044 sf commercial space located on the ground floor with an interior entrance through the Residences at City Place lobby and separate exterior entrances for deliveries and client reception at 610 North Julia Street. It includes 10+ offices, reception office with a waiting room, large conference room, media room with a stage, classroom, kitchen, large multipurpose room, and bathroom. The space is ideally located across from two covered parking garages and sits two blocks from the new Duval County Courthouse, Federal Courthouse, States Attorney offices, City Hall, Hemming Plaza, Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), restaurants and much more. 

 

WHY CROWDFUNDING WITH IFUNDWOMEN

I have been referring IFUNDWOMEN from the day I started my business acceleration lab over 18 months ago. I believe in the mission of creating opportunities for women to become economic leaders by building economic equity. IFUNDWOMEN is leading this cause and is the only platform I recommend. It makes sense that this is now my first crowdfunding venture. Funds raised through our crowdfunding campaign will be used for design and amenities, renovation and structural improvements, and marketing of the space.

FOUNDER

CenCon CoWork was founded by Dr. V (Valecia) Brooks Dunbar, a milspouse, and inspired by “The Ladies of the Lab,” a group of more than 15 women who became regular attendees of her weekly business acceleration labs. For over 18 months, Dr. V saw first-hand the increase in confidence, personal and professional support, new partnerships, collaboration, and business growth among lab members. As the lab grew to a mailing list of over 60 women and a few men, space availability became a challenge. The time was right to open a full-service coworking space and business accelerator offering classes, training, meeting space, virtual offices, and social gatherings. The cause has become bigger than all of us and our mission is to help women to thrive. Welcome to The Center for Confidence’s CenCon Cowork providing an elevated, urban, affordable, launch-life community designed for women, open to all. Learn more about the founder, Dr. V, at https://about.me/drvbrooksdunbar and https://www.drvbrooksdunbar.com 

The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Where is the space? Our space is in a historic landmark in downtown Jacksonville, FL. The visuals you see above are a combination of our location and the aesthetic we're creating.

    Is CenCon Coworkn child friendly? Children are often a part of women's lives, and those early stages can be the hardest and most transitional times of our lives. Babies under 12 months are welcome to the space during the day. We are conveniently located two blocks from two childcare/daycare centers to the north and south of our location, yes that is walking distance. We are currently exploring partnerships with these providers.

    Are there age requirements? CenCon Cowork hosts events that are made for all ages. Memberships are available to women and men 21+.

    Does CenCon Cowork provide parking? CenCon Cowork is conveniently located near public transit , 3 private parking garages, and several open metered lots. Metered street  parking is 50 cents for an hour. There are several surface lots nearby and ample metered parking spots surrounding our building.

    Are members allowed to bring guests to CenCon Cowork? Founding members are given two guest passes per week while standard members receive one weekly guest pass. Complimentary guest passes mean you can bring your friends, family, and colleagues to CenCon Cowork to enjoy quality time and amenities designed specifically for bosses like you and the ladies you love.

    Are non-members able to rent space at CenCon Cowork? Yes, conference rooms, meeting spaces, and full-buyout event space is available for rent by the hour, half and full day rates; for both non-members and members. 

  • What are CenCon Cowork's hours? CenCon Coworks is a 24 hour secured facility available to members. Inaugural staff business hours are Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, and Saturday from 9am-2pm. Evening programming and networking events may run past 5pm on a case by case basis. We are not staffed on Sundays, however, Staff are available for Sunday programming or special events.

  • Can you tell me more about the conference room? CenCon Cowork features two  private, fully equipped conference rooms for meetings. It includes seating for up to 6 and 10 people, a wall-mounted flat screen TV that’s perfect for presentations and conferences. Founding members have initial packets of free hours, followed by unlimited rentals for a discounted rate off of the $30 per hour rate.

    What does an “all access” membership include? Founding Memberships are “all access” meaning they give each member complete access to our space and all basic programming, though additional expenses may be incurred for private classes/workshops not sponsored by CenCon Cowork. Amenities including concierge services, some printing usage, food and beverage, and conference room are pay-per-use.

    Are men and people who identify as male allowed in CenCon Cowork? CenCon Cowork is designed for women and open to all. We understand that more often than not women work, partner, and collaborate with men professionally. Because our mission is to help women stay in boss mode, we’ve designated our facility as a co-ed space, with the exception of the lactation room. Members who reserve our rooms are free to bring anyone they want into that specific space. Additionally, anyone renting our private event space is welcome to host guests of any and all genders.  

    Can I print / ship / scan / receive packages at CenCon Cowork? Yes! We have a printer, a scanner, and a receptionist who will be more than happy to accept your packages. We offer return shipping for UPS/USPS packages with pre-paid return labels. If there are there other traditional “office” services or amenities you would like to see, just let us know.

    Are we looking for speakers? Part of the magic of CenCon Cowork is that the women of the space contribute to it. Whether you’re an expert in your field or want to start a group within our space, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line.

    How would I use The Coven as someone with a 9-to-5? CenCon Cowork is a place for you to be your best self both personally and professionally - we want our members to actively use everything we have to offer in a way that makes sense for them. We've designed CenCon Cowork membership packages and program offerings with lots of flexible, customizable features and amenities you won't find elsewhere. In addition to our member services, our programming events are meant to empower and enrich our members’ lives. They are arranged by monthly theme and covers topics as wide and diverse as Personal Finance, Entrepreneurial Growth to Mindfulness and Yoga, and more. Founding members receive monthly one-on-one coaching to help determine their needs and find the best fit for them.

    Does CenCon Cowork allow outside food and beverages in the space? Yes, we allow outside food and beverages in CenCon Cowork as long as members follow basic guidelines for the benefit of everyone in our community: all food/bev containers must be taken home at the end of each day, and areas wiped down and cleared for the next guest or member's use, etc. 

 

Dr. V Brooks Dunbar
11/06/2019
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Just Because I Care. Monetary Contribution with no reward. Give what you can to support the women in Northeast Florida. Your contribution will help us service more women who need support and access access to grow their business and elevate their brand.

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2 tickets to 1 programming event for you and a friend. You will also fund 2 scholarship tickets to programming.

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Launch Party Package

2 tickets to launch party. 2 tickets to programming. 1 month free membership if you decide to join as an annual or monthly member. 

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Ladies Night Pass

Ladies Night Private Social for you and up to 10 friends. Curiosity Tour before CenCon Cowork officially opens. 3 tickets to launch party. 3 tickets to future programming. 2 months free membership if you decide to join as an annual or monthly member.

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Speakers & Trainers Lab

Free 4-hour rental in our classroom, training room or meeting rooms. Curiosity Tour before CenCon Cowork officially opens. 4 tickets to launch party. 4 tickets to future programming. 2 months free membership if you decide to join as an annual or monthly member.

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Launch Founding Member ($168 Savings)

1-year Discounted Founding Membership includes $168 saving off of annual coworking membership rate, Curiosity Tour before CenCon Cowork officially opens, 2 tickets to launch party, contribution towards a 7-to-1 member scholarship, plus

  • 1-year membership
  • 25% discounted conference room rental (after 8 free hours are used)
  • 25% discount on meeting space rental
  • Facebook Mention 1x monthly over 12 months
  • Special Event discounts
  •  Free one-on-one executive and business coaching
  • Free Pass to select CenCon Onsite Training Classes

 

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  • 2-year membership
  • 54 hours of free conference room rental
  • 54 hours of free meeting space rental
  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Mention 1x monthly over 24 months
  • 4 Free Special Event Passes
  • Free one-on-one executive and business coaching
  • 4 Free Passes to all CenCon Onsite Training Classes

 

 

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Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care. Monetary Contribution with no reward. Give what you can to support the women in Northeast Florida. Your contribution will help us service more women who need support and access access to grow their business and elevate their brand.

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$50
"NoRoomForDoubt" Shout-out

Sometimes things can get a little tough and we just need to know you're behind us all the way. Get a CenCon Cowork  #NOROOMFORDOUBT shout-out on our social media pages. 

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$100
Event Passes

2 tickets to 1 programming event for you and a friend. You will also fund 2 scholarship tickets to programming.

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$250
Launch Party Package

2 tickets to launch party. 2 tickets to programming. 1 month free membership if you decide to join as an annual or monthly member. 

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$500
Ladies Night Pass

Ladies Night Private Social for you and up to 10 friends. Curiosity Tour before CenCon Cowork officially opens. 3 tickets to launch party. 3 tickets to future programming. 2 months free membership if you decide to join as an annual or monthly member.

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Speakers & Trainers Lab

Free 4-hour rental in our classroom, training room or meeting rooms. Curiosity Tour before CenCon Cowork officially opens. 4 tickets to launch party. 4 tickets to future programming. 2 months free membership if you decide to join as an annual or monthly member.

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$1,500
Member Scholarship

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$1,740
Launch Founding Member ($168 Savings)

1-year Discounted Founding Membership includes $168 saving off of annual coworking membership rate, Curiosity Tour before CenCon Cowork officially opens, 2 tickets to launch party, contribution towards a 7-to-1 member scholarship, plus

  • 1-year membership
  • 25% discounted conference room rental (after 8 free hours are used)
  • 25% discount on meeting space rental
  • Facebook Mention 1x monthly over 12 months
  • Special Event discounts
  •  Free one-on-one executive and business coaching
  • Free Pass to select CenCon Onsite Training Classes

 

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Investor or Sponsor

 Image or logo on our Founders Wall. Input in programming suited to your brand, plus

  • 2-year membership
  • 54 hours of free conference room rental
  • 54 hours of free meeting space rental
  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Mention 1x monthly over 24 months
  • 4 Free Special Event Passes
  • Free one-on-one executive and business coaching
  • 4 Free Passes to all CenCon Onsite Training Classes

 

 

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