North Long Beach Launches first Co-working Space and Community Design Studio

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On the heels of the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, North Long Beach’s Renaissance is taking another big leap. On September 26th at 11:00 am, Uptown is celebrating the launch of UpLAB, a new co-working space and studio serving local entrepreneurs, creatives and nonprofits.  UpLAB is an affordable solution to a private office, with perks that a solo office just can’t supply. Unique among co-working spaces, UpLAB is housed inside the office of the business district, the Uptown Property and Community Association (UPCA), on Atlantic Avenue.

“Atlantic Avenue is the new Main Street of North Long Beach with multiple exciting and innovative real estate developments occurring along the corridor,” said Long Beach Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, whose Uptown Renaissance inspired the UpLAB project.  “We’re making it easier than ever for residents to live, work and expand, right in the heart of Uptown.” 

UpLAB is the place where entrepreneurs and artists mix with business and government leaders, making it easier than ever to kick-start ideas and cut red tape.  It offers up-and-coming entrepreneurs and creatives a great space and loads of community support. The UpLAB open house is in partnership North Long Beach’s creative and entrepreneurial leaders in 3D Printing, Aquaponics, Fine Art, Local Food, Health Advocacy, Media, and more.

“We want to treat UpLAB as a homegrown creative think tank for the community to come and test ideas and help find solutions for North Long Beach,” said Tasha W. Hunter, Business District Manager of the UPCA.
Opening a new business can be scary and often risky. UpLAB offers the opportunity to work alongside coworkers that will support each other. In UpLAB, everyone can bounce ideas off of fellow office mates who can give honest feedback, and cheer successes. UpLAB is a ready-made, diverse support mechanism just waiting for you to walk in and join.

“UpLAB is a space for collaboration, with meet-ups, events and pilot projects. We’re encouraging community to come together and collaborate, and Uptown Business District’s large storefront office is easy to access,” said Ryan Smolar, Creative Consultant to Uptown Property and Community Association who is overseeing the launch of UpLAB for the Uptown PBID.

The UpLAB is funded by a grant from The Knight Foundation and one-time funds from the Office of Vice Mayor Rex Richardson.

The Launch Party will take place on Monday, September 26, 2016, from 11am-1pm — a short Program starts at 11:30am. UpLAB is located at 6082 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805.

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