World HeadQuarters in Appleton has multiple comfortable office spaces members can sign up to use so they can work on their startup businesses.
Talk with World HeadQuarters founder Brenda Leopold, and it quickly becomes clear the year-old shared working space is more than just a place to find a quiet office to work in. Rather, World HeadQuarters is about creating a community where entrepreneurs can take their business to the next level.
“We are more about supporting entrepreneurship as a lifestyle — what can we provide here that makes it easier for you to work on your business?” says Leopold, who launched a couple of businesses of her own through the years before turning her attention to World HeadQuarters. “I want to help people solve the problems they are dealing with as they launch their own business.”
World HeadQuarters, which is housed in a former 13,000-square-foot medical office building in north Appleton, features multiple amenities to support entrepreneurs, including 12 private offices, six co-working offices available for reservation, a classroom, a brainstorming lounge, a large event space that can hold up to 50 people, a small shared kitchen area, onsite child care for members and business support services, such as a virtual administrative assistant. It also holds regular networking sessions where members can discuss not only their businesses and what’s going on but also share successes and ideas.
“Talking with other people who may be experiencing the same things you are can be a big help,” Leopold says. “You may want to know what type of website hosting your business may need or maybe how they balanced their startup or side business with family life and another job.”
World HeadQuarters offers two membership packages: a basic innovators program that allows members to come in between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to use the facility and its amenities for $30 a month, and an entrepreneurs package that provides members with 24/7 access to the facility and the ability to carry in food and beverage without paying a “green fee” for $75 a month. Each membership level also comes with a set amount of time users can reserve the facility’s different spaces.
“Everyone who comes in here has a great story to tell,” Leopold says of the entrepreneurs who join World HeadQuarters. “I like to think that at the end of the day, we are not just a space, but we’re changing things for people.”