Biz Buzz, Sept. 18, 2016

Grand Junction is nearly set up with one of the latest trends in entrepreneurship — a cooperative, shared workspace with lightning-fast internet and modern work environments for all toiling types.

Grand Junction’s first co-working space, Factory, is set to open downtown at 750 Main St. this fall, organizers say. A collaboration between Launch, Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance and Mesa County Libraries, Factory will be one of the most advanced technology centers in western Colorado, offering gigabit Internet, 24/7 access, full-featured conference rooms and various levels of training in addition to workspace, according to backers.

Co-working, they say, represents a modern take on shared work environments, emphasizing open floor plans, a diverse community and enhanced collaboration.

Factory, specifically, will be home to Cama’s Fuse Center, an immersive videoconferencing and presentation experience, where participants can hook in with Fuse centers on the Front Range and with people from all over the world.

Card-carrying Mesa County Libraries patrons will have limited access to the workspace and amenities at no charge, in addition to various training and educational opportunities provided by the library.

Memberships are available starting at $99 a month, and organizers say the initial reception to their concept has been good. Pre-registration is available at and includes two free months. As part of the Proximity Space network of co-working spaces, membership at Factory includes immediate access to nine co-working spaces across Colorado.

■ High-end media and real estate are growing ever closer these days, as properties that appear in high-quality productions online are proving to be more attractive to buyers.

In that vein, Todd Conklin, owner and CEO of Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties and Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties, announced the creation of the Step Beyond Media Co., headed by a videographer with national production experience.

“Always striving to produce the highest level of service and technology available to his agents, Conklin thought the next best thing would be to bring on an internal media company, one opened under the Conklin & Company LLC umbrella, to operate full-time for CBDP and CBCPP agents,” a press release reads.

Scott Stuart is the professional videographer and photographer tapped to oversee the venture. Stuart began his career at 17 in 1997 for NBC and has been a videographer and editor with Fox News in Phoenix and chief editor with WB 2 News in Denver, according to the company.

New home video tours, as well as virtual home tours in 3-D, can be seen at the Step Beyond Media Facebook page. For information, call 433-8616 or go to

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