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New library spaces create buzz for Logan business owners

Published: 7 February 2019

New library spaces create buzz for Logan business owners
Two Logan libraries will be home to the Hive co-working spaces from February 11

Two new spaces for small business owners, independent professionals and people starting out in business will be unveiled next month by Logan City Council.

Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley said that from Monday, February 11 the Hive co-working spaces at Logan Central and Logan West libraries would be offered on a daily first-in basis for up to 20 people per location.

“These free spaces will give our local community an outlet for their creative endeavours and business ideas,” Cr Dalley said.

City Lifestyle and Community Committee Chairperson, Councillor Steve Swenson, said the flexible, shared co-working spaces at the Hive would support meetings, networking and the sharing of ideas.

“These purpose-designed spaces are free to use, easily accessible and have free Wi-Fi,” Cr Swenson said.

“To become a member of the Hive people need to visit either Logan Central or Logan West library to join the library and register.”

The Hive will operate at both libraries between 9am and 5pm, Mondays to Fridays, excluding public holidays.

Division 2 Councillor Russell Lutton said the Hive would support emerging businesses and help them achieve their full potential.

“This will be a great space for networking and collaboration to develop new business ideas for the City of Logan,” Cr Lutton said.

Hive members will also be supported by a series of business talks and toolbox sessions dubbed Live at the Hive.

The talks and sessions will support the development of business skills and encourage the sharing of expertise.

Bahrs Scrub resident Emma Willmann from Addressed Style will host one of the first sessions from noon to 1.30pm on Thursday, February 14.

She will talk about her start-up subscription business based on buying less and choosing well to reduce clothing waste.

Other sessions, delivered by the library staff, will focus on the effective use of online tools and social media.

A representative from the Logan Office of Economic Development (LOED) will be at the two Hive spaces on alternating months to answer questions about free and low-cost business support services available to Logan business owners.

The first session will be at 1pm on Tuesday, February 12 at Hive West. Other sessions will be held from noon on Tuesday, March 12 at Hive Central and from 1pm on Tuesday, April 2 at Hive West.

For more information on other planned sessions visit loganlibraries.org/business