120 S. Water Street Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 16823
Bellefonte’s community of entrepreneurs is growing, thanks in part to SpringBoard, a business incubator and co-working space that opened last year.
SpringBoard, which held its grand opening ceremony in May 2017, welcomed its inaugural member, Hello Social Co., in October. With a new year brought new interest in the facility, and in February, SpringBoard added three additional members.
The facility, across from Talleyrand Park on Water Street, was designed to be a space in which startups and professionals could have office space, without the burden of high rent costs in their early stages. It offers members a host of amenities and resources, like a private desk space, access to a conference room and phone booth and more.
Here’s a look at SpringBoard’s newest businesses:
Eileen Scott Coaching
Eileen Scott Coaching is a personal growth and life transition coaching practice specializing in mid-life and vocational transitions. Eileen also works with those experiencing personal life changes such as relocation, starting over, and empty nesting.
On the personal growth side, she helps individuals overcome limiting beliefs and habits, achieve goals and design their lives around what they value most.
Eileen said that SpringBoard is the perfect conduit for business development.
“I love the professional environment and flexibility SpringBoard offers,” she said. “I’m no longer isolated working from home and have opportunities to talk with like-minded professionals growing their own businesses.
“The setting across from Tallyrand Park offers creative inspiration, while the modern conference room provides space to host workshops, meetings and one-on-one client consultations. It’s the perfect spot for ‘solopreneurs.’”
Dana M. Ray Consulting
Dana M. Ray Consulting centers on this idea: that bringing congruency and alignment between the things we make and the central-story of who we are is critical for doing the work that matters.
Dana’s background is all about clear storytelling, first as a personal statement coach and then as a narrative marketer. She has a master’s in English Literature and Writing from Bucknell University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Bulgaria.
Dana said that she’s “proud to be an entrepreneur in Bellefonte and join the SpringBoard community.”
Captured Chaos Photography
Captured Chaos Photography is a full service studio and on-location photography company serving all of Central Pennsylvania. Owner Shawn Henfling offers a variety of photography services, from family portraits to boudoir photos and weddings to birthday parties.
Shawn said that in his business, he “is sure to capture the memories of the day and give his clients images the evoke the emotions as if they were still fresh.”
“I joined the Bellefonte SpringBoard to give me an office away from the office and to help network with other businesses,” Shawn said. “Having a home office is an incredible experience, but there's something about ‘going to work’ that still feels right.”
Checking in with Hello Social Co.
Although Hello Social Co. officially opened in April of 2017, owner Ellen Matis said that since October, her business has significantly grown.
The social media agency was the first member of SpringBoard, and offers social media marketing solutions primarily to small businesses.
“Before working out of SpringBoard, I was really struggling to be productive in my home office. I knew that working from home just wasn’t right for me,” Ellen said. “Since I’ve moved in to SpringBoard, I’ve really gained more focus in my business.”
Although Ellen has had help over the past year with two team members that work remotely, she said that without SpringBoard, she would not have been able to bring on a new locally based team member in February, Katey Crean.
SpringBoard now is at half capacity, able to welcome eight total permanent-desk-space members. More information can be found at www.bellefontespringboard.com.
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