This story is in partnership with Endeavor Greenville
If you’re not familiar with the cowork space craze spreading like wildfire throughout Greenville, catch up.
Cowork spaces are designed for contracted workers, freelancers and new or smaller businesses looking for a home base. One of the more prominent spaces in Greenville is Endeavor, and they’re quickly making their presence known.
At Endeavor you can join to use their community areas, have your own desk or a full office. It’s a space for creative services professionals to make a home base for their company. Not to mention, members have full access to their gym and some of the best views of Greenville from the fourth floor of the ONE Building.
One of the most unique aspects about Endeavor is the ability for members to work in a “Creative Collaborative Community.” Endeavor gives members the opportunity to learn from others in the business and use other members as resources.
One company putting this idea into action in Eleven.
Eleven is a full-service event production company run by logistically minded Christy Medford and creative Casey Reid, a harmonious duet. Started as an idea in Reid’s living room in 2009, Eleven now works out of a window-lined office located on the north side of Endeavor. The company produces over 20 corporate, non-profit and lifestyle events annually and has raised over $1.2 million for local charities since inception, a success that has been propelled by their workspace.
“The talent is here. You don’t need to pay three times the amount to go to L.A., New York or Atlanta for design, décor, production and operations. It’s all here and this [Endeavor] is a real example of that,” says Reid.
“There are so many people in Greenville freelancing or starting their own business, but you don’t always know where to find them. And co-work spaces like Endeavor are bringing those people together,” says Medford.
In a way, resources present themselves at Endeavor. “Recently we really needed someone for social media, and Ashley Brown of Ashley Brown Strategy was sitting at a desk right outside our office,” says Medford. Having the resources you need right in front of your face makes it easier for companies to hire and freelancers to find work.
As a small company, it can be challenging to hire a full-time graphic designer or social media manager and Endeavor is created to help companies find contracted work per event. Being able to choose the right freelancers for specific projects makes sure your product is unique and perfect for your client.
Medford and Reid have been working on the Highlands Food and Wine Festival, in Highlands, NC, which kicks off this weekend. They were able to pull resources including copy writers, social media and creative design from the individuals and companies working in the same quarters.
Beyond freelancers or contracted workers, Greenville entrepreneurs work as a community to support each other. “It’s been great to have other small business owners nearby that are valuable resources of information,” says Medford.
If you don’t know about the Highlands Food and Wine festival, you’re going to want to learn. It’s a weekend full of good food, good drinks and good music, including tastings with world-class chefs, glamping and food trucks, an oyster roast and even a 30-person estate dinner with a private concert by Bruce Hornsby. If you want to learn more (yeah you do!) visit Highlandsfoodandwine.com.