Meet Decatur CoWorks

Decatur CoWorks

Each month we feature one of the Atlanta Coworking Alliance spaces. A thanks to Helene Somda, Community Manager of Decatur CoWorks, for sharing her thoughts and insights.

What makes your space so special or unique?

Since 2013, Decatur CoWorks has been an active corporate citizen of Decatur in its support of education, the arts and business development. We reflect the values and uniqueness of our city both in our space and around town. Our location and downbeat atmosphere has given way to other unique opportunities in the film, music, and media production space.

Who are your members?

We’ve worked really hard over the past few years to make coworking known to a wider range of individuals who could benefit from coworking. Some may not know where to go. And there are those who may have previously been hesitant to try coworking due to perceived barriers of accessibility. Our members range from remote employees of large corporations to entrepreneurs, and even graduate students. Some common industries include real estate, legal, marketing, architecture and design.

Decatur CoWorks InnovateHow do you help your members succeed?

We provide a productive work environment as well as continually seek ways for our members to connect with one another. Growing business networks is one of the big perks of coworking. Decatur CoWorks is no stranger to asking our members for assistance in their areas of expertise. And nothing gives us as much joy as when a member approaches us about collaborating on events to help boost their brands visibility.

What is your favorite part about coworking?

Where do I begin?! To start the curiosity and eagerness on people’s faces when I explain to them the coworking model and how flexible and easy it is. Celebrating the organic collaborations between members. Lastly, I love that whether you’re an introvert, extrovert, and everything in between, coworking is what you make of it.

Why are you a part of the Atlanta Coworking Alliance?

Because “A rising tide lifts all boats”. We are so grateful to be part of the ACA and live the ‘coworky’ culture with our fellow spaces. and our membership was especially valuable during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. To be able to lean on other spaces for guidance on how to navigate through all of the uncertainty was a huge asset.

What can members expect in your space?

A no frills (okay a few frills) friendly coworking environment. It’s a space where you can simply buckle down and get work done. Our members prefer to create relationships with other members organically rather than in a facilitated way. We provide opportunities to be social if our members choose, but we can also show support from a distance if you’re someone who would prefer to just float through the experience alone.