Coworking space at the service of residents, professionals on the move
Click Co+Work is open to the public for hourly, daily, weekly and monthly rentals.
Da Vinci Realty owners Mark and Leslie Belsanti widened their search for office space in downtown Flagstaff when they located, then transformed, a larger-than-necessary building into a coworking center for themselves and a community of remote workers.
The Belsantis provide office space for approximately 20 businesses (known as Members) operating out of Click Co+Work, the facility they started in 2015 at 111. E Aspen Ave. Additional work space is offered to day users and city visitors, and the Click Co+Work conference and private call rooms are available to the public for an hourly fee.
“We love everything downtown has to offer locals and visitors alike,” said Leslie Belsanti. “We wanted to be part of it all. We eventually found a perfect location that was bigger than our real estate company needed and we’ve always been intrigued by coworking spaces when on the go.
The duo focused on commercial and residential real estate before founding and becoming a member of Click Co+Work, as well as its owner/operator.
“We were inspired when we found our location,” she said. “We knew it would be perfect for our vision and give us the ability to provide something Flagstaff hadn’t yet offered: a professional, fun, and friendly office space with amenities to share among all of us.”
Additionally, a coworking facility offers its members a sense of community, opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing, and the potential for additional amenities – such as high-speed internet – that might not be readily available when they work from home.
“Being in the commercial real estate market, as well as business owners ourselves looking for office space, we were listening to the office needs of the community and wanted to create something that was necessary [but] didn’t yet exist in Flagstaff,” she explained. “We were excited to be able to provide this service to da Vinci Realty and other small business owners, sole proprietors and remote workers.”
Click Co+Work is open to the public for hourly, daily, weekly and monthly rentals. Without a long-term commitment, the services can be tested for a day or a month.
“There are so many people who live in Flagstaff by choice because of the lifestyle, [the city] can provide while working remotely with large companies [that are] not located here,” she said. “It’s nice to bring facets of our community together in one place: each with a different set of daily tasks, but always with the drive to complete their to-do list.”
Another benefit for members is the company’s affiliation with Proximity, provider of a software management program for workspace operators. The Proximity team came to visit the Flagstaff location in 2016, while looking for test locations for beta software.
“They were looking for 10 coworking spaces to test on,” Belsanti said. “I think we were number three. We have been in partnership ever since. We feel very lucky that they walked through our doors six years ago. Proximity is a wonderful network to be part of. They add value to allowing smaller spaces to be part of something bigger than we can be on our own.
Click Co+Work also has a connection to Prescott’s WingSpace Coworking, which dates back more than three years when former WingSpace owner Melanie Banayat first explored coworking. WingSpace’s new owner, Heidi Lekan, took operational control in January, while Banayat took on a mini-farm.
Click Co+Work members have developed professional and personal relationships,” Belsanti explained. “One of the most interesting things I’ve noticed is the camaraderie that develops between individual members. Along with the natural business relationships that have materialized by being part of a coworking space, many friendships have been formed, camping trips have taken place, ATV rides, coffee, lunches and dates at aperitif time. This is personally my favorite thing to watch and see happen here.
Leslie Belsanti grew up in the Phoenix area and graduated from Northern Arizona University, then worked in the resort industry in Michigan and in development in Sedona, before entering the real estate business. Mark Belsanti began his career in commercial real estate after moving to Sedona in 1991. Previously, he was a commodities trader at the Chicago Board of Trade and later traded three commodities exchanges at the World Trade Center in New York.
She cited service orientation, flexibility, availability to members, and listening to wants and needs as key to the couple’s overall business success. In response to desires and needs, new suites of private offices have just been added. Visit clickflagstaff.com for more information or a private tour. NBF
By Sue Marceau, NBF