Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Professional boost offered to home-based New Tampa businesses

NEW TAMPA — Paula Blair knows firsthand the challenges of working from home.

Every time a delivery truck went down the street, her two Lhasa Apsos would bark incessantly, making phone conversations difficult.

Also, while working from home for her husband's business, Blair missed interacting with other people. After a long career in the insurance industry and as a project manager, she was accustomed to collaborating with co-workers.

A few years ago, Blair read an article about a co-working place in Oregon.

"I thought 'What a cool concept,'" said Blair. "I just really became interested in it."

Last month, Blair opened SOAR Co-Working which provides a professional environment for virtual employees, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. "Everyone thinks co-working is like executive office rental," Blair said. "There's way more to it than that."

SOAR offers a variety of options to meet everyone's needs, such as open seating, shared space, dedicated desks, executive offices, day offices, and meeting rooms. Day passes are available, or packages are available for those who need space on a more consistent basis.

There are five meeting rooms which can accommodate up to ten people. Also, the entire space can be rented after hours and on weekends. The building is equipped with desks, a printer, a copier, plenty of power outlets, and secure and fast Wi-Fi. There is also a lobby and kitchenette with water, coffee, and tea.

Blair said that SOAR also offers people the ability to connect and collaborate with others. There are scheduled meetups which allow co-workers to learn about a certain product, service, or topic.

SOAR Co-Working is located at 17401 Commerce Park Blvd., Suite #103. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and reservations are available for evening hours and weekends. For more information, call (813) 498-1932, or visit soarco-working.com.

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