Creating ModSpace

Posted in Getting Started, ModSpace on 28 May 2015

From the very beginning ModSpace has been a collaborative effort. No one entity or person could have created what ModSpace has become. The undergirding strength of ModSpace is the relationship it has with the Alliance Small Business Development Center and the SBDC's director Kurtis Clark. The SBDC had space on the first floor of the City County Building at Tenth Street Place in downtown Modesto that they were not using.

Nathan Bunney, a former SBDC consultant, ran into Kurt at an entrepreneurial meetup in Downtown Modesto and the two of them began to form an idea that would soon become ModSpace. Nathan was an organizer of the Modesto Scripting Language Meetup and through that and other local technical meetups knew several people who would likely be interested in a coworking space in Modesto focused on technology.

From there it was a matter of creating some core documents that defined the relationship between the consultants and the SBDC, defining the space that would be used and how that space would be used, getting furniture, holding a painting party (with pizza of course), signing up some consultants, and opening the space.

This article does not do justice to the work involved in creating a location like ModSpace but I hope it gives a feeling for the process that was followed, as well as the collaboration that made it possible. Those now working at ModSpace deeply appreciate the support of those at the SBDC as well as the work of the many who have spent much time over the last few months setting up this space where innovation and creativity can flourish and work can get done.


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