Portland has an abundance of quality workspace from office buildings to warehouses to downtown lofts, and rents are a third of the cost of equivalent space in Boston and a quarter of the cost in New York. In an era where the next big tech startup could be based anywhere, lower overhead buys agile businesses time to innovate, iterate, and succeed.
Our creative endeavors require space and quiet; here we can afford that space. But when we seek inspiration and stimulation, we step out outside and find it. Sara Corbett, a freelance writer for The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, says, “Writing is by nature kind of a lonely thing and…Portland is this great environment to do it in because not only is it peaceful, but…the size of the city lends itself to this incredible friendliness…When you just need someone to smile at you, there’s actually someone in this town who smiles at you, and as an artist that...can sustain you when you’re feeling lonely.”
Portland already has good business broadband services and other communications infrastructure, in addition to a 1,100 mile high-capacity fiber-optic network.
Portland is also a convenient travel hub. The Portland International Jetport (PWM) is less than ten minutes from downtown and provides daily nonstop flights to many major cities. Amtrak Downeaster trains and Concord Trailways buses depart from the Portland Transportation Center for Boston and beyond, just five minutes from downtown.
coworkHERS is a shared workspace and social club designed to support female professionals. They cater to women, and are dominated by women but welcome all people who wish to be a part of a safe, inspiring, encouraging, non-threatening, healthy, non-judgemental environment.
Engine Room is a creative collaborative space where talented entrepreneurs, innovators, and collaborators come together to make it happen. In a building over 100 years old, this modern, open-concept space allows professionals to share their stimulating ideas with one another in an upbeat environment right on the fringe of Portland's Old Port.
Factory 3 is a makerspace that provides shared use of equipment and workspace to their tight community of artists, artisans, makers, entrepreneurs, thinkers, dreamers, experts, and beginners.
Open Bench Project is a shared learn/work facility in Portland, Maine. They cultivate a community of makers by providing access to studio/work space, tools and resources around skill and capacity building.
Peloton Labs is a community workspace on Congress Street in Portland, designed as a co-working space for independent and creative business and civic professionals.
The Public Works is a collaborative workspace designed with Portland’s creative entrepreneur in mind. Offering private and open offices, event space, and larger workshops so that everyone - from designers to craftsmen - can work together under one roof to establish and grow their business.
Think Tank Coworking is a business incubator and co-working space on Congress Street that provides Maine's creative professionals with a comfortable, convenient, and creative work environment.
How to Find Office/Workspace
Craigslist has constantly updated listings for office spaces in Portland. Although there are some properties for sale, most of the listings are for smaller, less expensive rentals than what you will find with commercial brokers.
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