Where ideas, entrepreneurs, & innovators collide
It is a place and space about:
Developing ideas, igniting innovation and incubating businesses is what hub:north is all about and we have the desks to prove it! If you’re starting a business or interested in moving your small business out of your home and into a professional setting, hub:north might be an ideal place for your business. At hub:north we provide qualified businesses with a desk and chair in an open concept working space in Thunder Bay’s downtown core at Waverley Library. These businesses will also have use of meeting rooms, professional business support, access to the on-site Makerspace, networking opportunities and more.
If you are interested in using the hub:north space or would like more information please visit www.tbpl.ca/hubnorth or call 684-6807. If you're in the neighbourhood please come and say hi at Waverley Library located at 285 Red River Rd.
What does it offer?
Designated work spaces
hub:north offers 3 different levels of reasonably priced workspaces designed to fit the needs of most startup businesses giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to choose the fit that is right for them.
You receive a space that is solely yours for up to one year as long as you’re using the hub:north to on focus on growing your business. This option is great for those focusing on their business full time and need to be at their desk majority of the day.
You share availability of a desk with 2-3 other entrepreneurs and time slots are booked evenly to ensure fairness among the other businesses using the desk. You have access to the shared desk for up to a year. This option is great for part-time entrepreneurs and for those who will be off site connecting with their potential and current customers.
The open desk area is a free to use section where you may claim an available desk at any time. This option is great for entrepreneurs that don’t want to be tied down by a monthly fee and gives you access to all the features of hub:north without any of the commitment.
hub:north has both a large and a small meeting room that can be booked for private use.
Lockable Storage Space
hub:north is equipped with lockers that are available to use for free by those that have a dedicated and shared desk. A $35 deposit is required and will be refunded once the locker is emptied and the key is returned.
Available resources include printers, computers, AV equipment, mail box.
Business advisors from the Innovation Centre, Entrepreneurship Centre, and the Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) will be on location at designated times and will be available to assist you with your business’s needs.
A creative space across from hub:north with access to 3D printers and other equipment that can help you develop a prototype. Find out more about the makerspace here: www.tbpl.ca/makerspace
Connect with other budding entrepreneurs and form invaluable connections.
Is my business a fit?
The businesses that are the best fit for hub:north are ones that can easily operate with only a desk, chair, wifi, cell phone, access to a meeting space and can work in a co-working environment. The size of business does matter so those businesses operating out of the space shall only have up to 3 employees physically using the hub:north space at one time.
Some sample businesses that are an ideal fit for hub:north include:
- App businesses
- Software businesses
- Marketing and media companies
Businesses that are not a good fit for hub:north:
- Businesses that want to use hub:north as a store front
- Businesses that require addition space beyond desk, chair, meeting space and small locker.
- Businesses where their operations will distract or interfere with the other businesses around them.
When is hub:north open?
- Monday – Thursday 10:00 am until 8:00 pm
- Friday – Saturday 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
- Sunday Closed