Story and Photos by Tab Hauser
YouOffice at 50 Glen Street just celebrated its one year anniversary in Glen Cove. YouOffice with five locations is a unique business that fosters commerce in a downtown area. Their three story Glen Cove building has 38 suites and four retail areas. Their success in Glen Cove is from keeping things simple for businesses when it comes to the basics of having an office. Amenities with the rent include high speed internet, conference room use, utilities, cleaning, taxes, coffee, hot and cold filtered water, kitchenette networking events and discounts on healthcare.
What makes the YouOffice concept special and successful is that it has an incubating capacity for business with affordable rents. For starting companies who work mostly at home, there is a beginner package for a shared private office of one to three days a week. This advantage gets the new business owner out of the house where family may be a distraction. It also offers the small business person a place to meet clients in a professional environment instead of their home or coffee shop. There next levels in renting can be either a dedicated desk in a shared suite or a private suite. As businesses grows, YouOffice can combine suites. A key advantage to their success is that they don’t pressure tenants into long term leases. The relaxed office atmosphere allows startup companies the ability to mingle at the shared kitchenette or at one of their networking events. The mood in the facility keeps companies friendly to each other.
Matt Probkevitz, President said of Glen Cove said “ We were attracted to this building primarily due to its architecture combined with the charm of downtown. The building was in horrible condition but we envisioned an appealing and upcoming neighborhood to live and work in. We renovated the building and in less than a year brought in close to 40 new companies. This has put people on the streets and added much needed vibrancy. Not only are we changing the way people work but we're changing the way they live. Here they now have a local and affordable solution which gives them something that's priceless and that is time and freedom.”
Presently there are 34 different companies in the building employing nearly 100 people. Nearly all of these people live in Glen Cove, Glen Head, Oyster Bay, Sea Cliff, Roslyn, Muttontown and Locust Valley. (The closest tenants walk across the street from the Avalon apartments.) The the suites are occupied by companies involved in law, Media /Marketing, Technical/Computing, Beauty, Finance, Politics, Ecommerce, Sports, Travel, Therapy, Accounting, Health/Life Coach, Consultants, Automotive and Sales Companies. Its newest retail tenant, Sweet Agenda will feature New York City’s famous Dough Doughnuts when it is opens in July.
Glen Cove’s YouOffice tenants have been pleased with the set up over the last year. A.J. Sonnick of Long Island Shore Media Group said “YouOffice has been a true asset to our company in helping us to grow. From the resources it offers, to the Glen Cove community, it has given us a good home. The Glen Cove community is exactly what I envisioned as a place to be for my company. It is filled with everything needed for our business, and then some.” Another new business owner, Lovina Rivera of Jaetris Homecare Solutions said “The perfect atmosphere to all entrepreneurs to blossom, the decor and layout helps you stay creative and innovative"
In regards to YouOffice’s anniversary, Mayor Reginald Spinello said “In Glen Cove we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and congratulate YouOffice on its first anniversary. YouOffice fills a vital need for small business owners in Glen Cove and we appreciate all they do for our community and their tenants.”
To celebrate their first anniversary, YouOffice held a food tasting network event with treats from Dough Doughnuts. This event had different offices offering a special or advice on their products or services. Halfway into the evening’s event Matt Probkevitz was presented a cake complete with candles and along with other tenants, members of the Chamber of Commerce and Deputy Mayor Barbara Peebles who all helped him blow out the candle to celebrate their first year. For information on YouOffice go to www.youoffice.com or call 516-366-5555.