COhatch: Balancing Work & Life
Imagine a work environment that is located in the heart of a vibrant community, offers amenities and services to improve your health, built-in networking events and workshops that are designed to help you grow your business and live a more balanced life.
This is not a dream. This is COhatch. The goal of COhatch is to create a modern community space aimed at fostering innovation, collaboration and community. Founded in 2016, the organization is in 10 locations in three markets in Ohio, launching two more Ohio markets and Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville will be the first location in the Indianapolis market in October with an additional seven locations.
COhatch is a social enterprise offering a new kind of shared work, social and family space built on community that offers members the services, activities and amenities to live a fully integrated life that balances work, family, well-being, community and philanthropy. The space is perfect for people 18 and up, entrepreneurs, small business owners, corporations. With individual workspaces, co-working space, larger meeting spaces as well as a theatre, for part-time, full-time and some-time.
COhatch founder Matt Davis is passionate about the mission of the organization.
“The whole mission of COhatch is really to strengthen communities and improve people’s lives and we are very intentional about how we do it,” he says. “Our tagline is Work, Eat, Live. Because we want to help you thrive at work and we do that by giving you the best location, tons of meeting spaces, flexibility to move to any location, we built podcast rooms, we have presentation theater rooms to present in. Networking is a critical element of the company’s mission, so they offer free space for members to provide workshops to facilitate the development of relationships.
Providing an environment that encouraged a healthy lifestyle is another important focus of the organizations mission. So they provide free health and wellness coaching and consulting, offer a walking contest every Wednesday, a farmers market on location and healthy lifestyle workshops.
“We try to fill the void for some larger companies like HR groups where we want to get people active and have fun,” Davis adds.
Important to creating the COhatch Community is to create opportunities for members to network and develop relationships with each other.
“Pre-pandemic we offered 70-80 workshops, events and activities per month,” Davis says. “These are all done by our members, so we want our members to share what they are passionate about, the meeting room is donated and they program it because they want to drive interaction.
“We also allow families to use the space for birthday parties in our theater room, game room, can have a reunion or a fundraising event and philanthropic events that we do. That is how we started our business. We have space and we want people to use it to drive activity as well as support different parts of their lives.”
Another important mission of the company is to provide opportunities for people to volunteer on location. Davis shared that “most people like to volunteer but often don’t because they feel like they have time so we make it easy to volunteer. So we provide different volunteer opportunities.”
In addition, improving the community through philanthropy by supporting local charities was important to offer at each COhatch location, which is why they incorporated the free use of facilities on evenings and weekends through a donation to these selected charities.
So for any local non-profits interested in being considered for one of their scholarships and to use the space for free, they are encouraged to go to the website and apply.
Davis says that while it is hard to predict what the future of “the office” will be given the current climate, he says that we should not underestimate the need for culture and innovation and there is an assumption that everyone wants to work from home when that option is offered to work virtually.
“That is why we offer so many different options because companies don’t really know what they need yet,” he says.
For further information about COhatch, visit them online at cohatch.com.
Writer / Lynda Hedberg Thies
Photographer / Kerch Creative