Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati
(ESCC) has partnered with CMC Office Center to launch the Greenhouse, a shared office space and resources for non-profit organizations. ESCC works with nonprofits, schools, faith-based organizations, and government agencies by providing technical assistance and consulting services for success.
"When people start non-profits, they struggle with the basic essentials, like writing grants or administrative support. Having training areas in one location allows the organizations to grow," explained LaDonna Althawadi, marketing representative of CMC Office Center.
The newly renovated and refurbished office space provides many amenities and shared services including free parking, Wi-Fi, a print shop, a post office, an on-site deli, a day care, and a professional management company. Not only does the Greenhouse have exceptional amenities, but it also provides outstanding administrative and bookkeeping services on site. These services will help nonprofits grow together to be a success and also save money with many other expenses. The office space is conveniently located on Reed Hartman Highway with easy access to I-71 and I-275.
Executive Director/CEO, Andy McCreanor, has been actively involved with non-profits and joined the ESCC team in May, noted the limitations nonprofits encounter with locations, services, and budgets. McCreanor said that many non-profits do not have conveniently located office spaces or enough funds to have all of the amenities that Greenhouse will provide.
"Greenhouse is positioned as a shared space and office space with training rooms and conference rooms for nonprofits that are struggling and having to deal with operating expenses. This is an opportunity for them to lower rent in some cases where they might have space but no access to conference rooms or training rooms." McCreanor said.
Rent is planned to be below market rate with training and amenities included for non-profit organizations. CMC Office Center also has many partnerships and sponsors that will help provide items for the office space. Partnerships include ESC, the State of Ohio, University of Cincinnati, Score, and the City of Blue Ash. Staples and Costco are providing office supplies and appliances for training services done by ESC.
"This is more geared towards being beyond the same building. We are making an effort to share space, control expenses and to help the non-profit industry become more sustainable." McCreanor said.
A free grand opening
for Greenhouse will take place October 28, 2010 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. providing a tour, refreshments, and a ribbon cutting of the new office space.
Writer: Lisa EnsmingerPhotography provided.