Although working from home has its advantages, after a while the allure of working in slippers wears off and you realize that talking to your dog is not, in fact, a sufficient substitute for human interaction. Especially when it comes to building a business.
A key element of launching a successful startup or working remotely is collaboration. That’s why many business professionals and entrepreneurs utilize the benefits and resources of coworking spaces.
Like many traditional coworking spaces, 1776 at Ambler Yards offers core features like private offices, dedicated and mobile desks, as well as access to great event spaces and jacked-up conference rooms. But, unlike others, 1776 also serves as a business incubator where startups can launch and grow their companies.
“Because we’re a business incubator, it feels a lot different than a traditional business park. There, you go in, work and go home,” said Ben Bergman, 1776 community manager and campus manager of Ambler Yards. “At 1776, we encourage collaboration and collision. There are people from disparate backgrounds coming together to help each other out on their separate business ventures.”
Part of the national 1776 network, 1776 at Ambler Yards made itself at home within the 250,000-square-foot Ambler Yards campus — repurposed from a chemical plant — in January 2018.
As its name implies, 1776 at Ambler Yards features a natural meadow and a central yard with outdoor patios and room for outdoor gatherings. The campus is peppered with vintage buildings restored into bright, open-concept workspaces. Other tenants around the campus include Phenom People, Kupper Engineering, Mulhern & Kulp Engineering, MPD Chemicals, GEO Chemicals as well as FisherUnitech and Rule4.
As a facilitator of learning and collaboration, 1776 at Ambler Yards provides regular community lunches. It also hosts in-depth event programming for entrepreneurs, including office hours with successful serial entrepreneurs and members of the business community, and Mastermind Group, a peer-to-peer mentoring concept designed to aid in problem-solving via input and advice from other members.
Additionally, 1776 has used its space to play host to important conversations, most recently partnering with the Montgomery County LGBT Business Council to host a workshop on LGBTQ cultural competency.
The many perks of membership at 1776 at Ambler Yards include:
- Six conference rooms throughout the Ambler Yards campus that are free for 1776 at Ambler Yards members
- Lightning-fast internet
- Fully stocked kitchenette with complimentary grind-to-cup coffee and beers on tap
- Great lunch options on campus with Feine Cafe (opening soon) and nearby, like Lucky Well, Gypsy Blu, Dettera, Arpeggio and Banh Street, or grocery options from Whole Foods and Weaver’s Way Co-op
- Access to the campus fitness room (at no charge), including the lockers and showers. For the serious fitness enthusiast, Crossfit Kanna is onsite (charges apply)
- Complimentary campus shuttle bus to Ambler Train Station coordinating morning and evening train schedule
- The outdoor Beer Garden @ Ambler Yards will start back up in Fall of 2019
Membership options are flexible and available short-term. People can choose to have access to the space five, 12 or 20 days out of the month, or go all in with 24/7 access.
“If you’re a small business owner and you want to have somewhere to hang your hat, we provide an opportunity where you don’t have to commit to long-term lease,” said Bergman. “Its a 60-day commitment, there’s no build out, and the amenities are taken care of for you.”
In celebration of Technical.ly’s Office Trends editorial calendar month, 1776 at Ambler Yards will waive its $99 activation fee for the month of December and offer a free day of coworking to try out the space.
Below, see some more photos that show off the 1776 at Ambler Yards space.-30-