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Above & Beyond C3 Workplace - Coworking Comes To Sparta

Cathy Dilger (left) and Donna Miller (right), speak to the group about the C3 Workplace. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
Guests mingle at the C3 Workplace event. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
Small business owners in one of the main rooms at the C3 Workplace. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
A view of the conference room at the C3 Workplace, during the open house. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller

SPARTA, NJ - Small business owners from Sussex County and beyond, gathered recently to celebrate the grand opening, open house, and networking event, for Above & Beyond's C3 Workplace, located in Sparta on 37 Main Street, adjacent to Sussex Bank, and across from the First Presbyterian Church.

The three C's in "C3," stand for "Connect Collaborate Community."

Donna Miller, who is the founder of Above & Beyond in Montclair, showed a brief video to the approximately 30 guests, who attended the kickoff event for the new coworking facility.

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The video clip indicated 20 million Americans work from home, with 90 percent of those individuals working as freelancers. When they seek a diversion from their work-at-home environment, many seek their change of pace, in coffee shops with Wi-Fi, which can be noisy, and lack privacy.

The video described the idea of coworking in a shared office space, as "accelerated serendipity."

Miller said, "Having been in Montclair for over 20 years, this co-working space aligned."

The C3 Workplace is headquartered in a refurbished 1800's home, purchased by Miller's sister, Cathy Dilger.

"I like real estate and old houses," Dilger said. "I bought saw this house 15 years ago, and fell in love with it."

"We did a lot of cosmetic things," said Dilger of the refurbishment.

During the remodeling phase, Dilger found old treasures in the building, including antique bottles, a coal chute, the home's original gas line, and electrical sconces.

The Above & Beyond C3 Workplace is equipped with a remodeled kitchen, bright and modern conference room, and office spaces throughout the building, some in the comfortable downstairs sitting area, and others upstairs, in rooms named after local towns.

Additionally, the upstairs is equipped with an area where a massage therapist, or acupuncturist working on their own, can take care of their clients can be in a private, and serene environment.

Each business owner who has a space in the C3 Workplace, also has their own post office box, which can be opened with a key, and access to the building, so they can work during weeknights, or weekend hours.

C3 Workplace, in addition to part or full-time office space, offers support services, from telephone answering to bookkeeping, project management, social media, marketing, and more. The C3 Workplace also hosts educational events, including an upcoming January 7, 2013 webinar, "The Power of Quickbook Reporting."

The C3 Workplace is the new meeting place for ISBOG (Independent Small Business Owners Group).

Amy Steele, one of the founders of ISBOG, was at the C3 Workplace open house.

"I came here for a tour, and they said, "'You are welcome to meet here."

ISBOG, which formerly met in Sparta at Panera, will now hold its meetings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, at the C3 Workplace.

Other ISBOG meetings are: Augusta Chapter, meeting at the Hampton Diner, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., the second Thursday of each month; Mount Arlington Chapter, meeting at Titan Business Development Group, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the fourth Thursday of each month; and, Sussex Chapter,  meeting at the Sussex Queen Diner, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month.

ISBOG is a not-for-profit networking group for small businesses, which describes itself as a "free and friendly business organization."

Click here for more about C3 Workplace.

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