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West Michigan’s first coworking facility with childcare expanding in 2020

Posted at 8:55 AM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 08:55:59-05

EASTOWN, Mich. — momHIVE, a coworking and community center with on-site childcare for work at home women opened on Wealthy Street in Eastown in July 2019. Since opening, over 30 members have joined, and use the shared office space weekly to work and connect, while their little ones play and learn with caregivers in the next room.

Founder and co-owner Alyssa Cairns reflects, “As a new stay-at-home-mom three years ago, who was starting my own business and raising two little ones full time, I dreamed of a place that would let me take a break to focus on something other than mom-life for just a little while each day. momHIVE is that resource that will support local moms as professionals, parents, AND women.” She and partner Kelli Palm have come together to create the ultimate resource for working mothers in Grand Rapids.

Working moms need flexibility and support to remain relevant and engaged in their career progressing through the different chapters of motherhood. They require: ● time to work without distractions from home ● support and community with like-minded women who boost them personally and professionally ● inspiration and education to help them grow and improve through the next chapter ● And they want to know their small children are cared for and engaged as well.

As members of the only female-focused, mom-centric coworking community in West Michigan, momHIVE members report that they have never before felt more supported, more validated, or more motivated in their careers than they have since joining momHIVE.

Beginning February 7, 2020 momHIVE will embark on a crowdfunding campaign to raise $150,000 in contributions and sponsorships. This will cover renovation costs to customize a larger space, furniture and childcare supplies, and additional staff that can better serve member’s needs.

While the contract for the proposed space is still in negotiations, plans will include:

● 10 seat conference room ● 3 quiet, private phone booths ● a dedicated mother suite ● a full kitchen ● expanded childcare facilities for up to 15 children ● dedicated restroom for childcare ● workspaces suited to all work style preferences ● 2 semi-private offices for rent ● open space for hosting events, workshops, trainings, and conferences.

For information about membership or partnership opportunities, visit www.momhivegr.com or email hello@momhivegr.com. To contribute to the crowdfunding campaign and learn more about plans for expansion, see www.momhivegr.com/grow.