BAR HARBOR — For professionals looking for a workspace without a lot of overhead, your ship has come in.
Anchorspace at 337 Main St. in downtown Bar Harbor opens April 1.
The shared workspace will provide a home for businesses, nonprofits and freelancers who need access to affordable office space, and for anyone else looking to move their small business out of the spare bedroom or coffee shop.
According to Anchorspace founder and Bar Harbor resident Nicole Ouellette, Anchorspace will be a space for those who need a desk, Internet access and occasional access to a conference room.
“Anchorspace isn’t a giant water cooler where everyone stops and chats,” Ouellette said. “The purpose of a co-working space is to increase productivity, income, networking opportunities for those individuals and businesses who wouldn’t have access, especially from a home office.”
Anchorspace is not an incubator, but it is geared toward businesses that are up and running and looking to reach the next level of success. It’s a concept that is a long time coming for the Bar Harbor area, Ouellette said.
“Anyone who has tried to rent an office in Bar Harbor knows it’s almost impossible to get a professional space without shelling out more than $400 a month,” Ouellette said. “For less than that, we can give you a workspace in a vibrant downtown location, tailor-made for small businesses and one-person operations.
“And, we include the essentials like high-speed Internet — something that’s vital in this day and age.”
Anchorspace will help diversify Bar Harbor’s economy and enhance it as a year-round community, which is welcome news to Maine Tourism Association CEO Christopher Fogg.
“Anchorspace will be another place in the downtown with the lights on and people working, which always helps on the demand-side of the equation,” Fogg said. “I also think that as the small entrepreneurs utilizing Anchorspace grow, it increases the likelihood that their business will remain downtown leading to another business open year-round.
“It is a slow process, but projects like Anchorspace help change the landscape.”