BRAWLEY – It’s been over a year since Brawley’s Brooks Hamby made national headlines concerning his Salutatorian speech at Brawley Union High School District’s graduation.
A year later, Hamby is now a Stanford sophomore and young entrepreneur, currently in the process of launching a new business, UpSpace, in the Imperial Valley.
UpSpace is a new concept for the county, although the idea is taking off in many contemporary cities. Basically, Hamby has taken a large office space, and repurposed it for the traveling salesman, entrepreneur, and upstart business that need an office with out the higher costs.
“Office space is expensive in the Valley,” Hamby said. “That’s one of the reasons there is so many empty, unrented spaces available here.”
“I like to think of the business like a gym membership. You pay a monthly fee and in return you have a building equipped with all your needs to run your business, such as wi-fi, a receptionist, a conference room, desk space, coffee, cold drinks, and snacks. The bonus is the interaction with other like-minded business people where the exchange of ideas is vital to grow a company,” Hamby added.
He already has one customer, Curtis Pate, a fertilizer salesman from Yuma. Pate needed a place to work and meet clients while in the valley, besides his motel room.
Located at 955 North Imperial Avenue, by Big 5 and Border Tactical, it is centrally located for solar companies to budding young entrepreneurs to those coming to the County seat for business to be able to utilize.
UpSpace is equipped with white boards to brainstorm and have presentations. Along with the modern feel is the entry system, just swipe your smartphone past the keypad and the door unlocks. For those without smartphones, Hamby said all they have to do is knock, and the receptionist will open the door.
Friday, October 16, is their grand opening, but to offer a taste of what Hamby is offering, Desert Review will be having a mixer Wednesday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m. Food, conversation, new ideas, and a white board art contest will all be freely available at UpSpace.[envira-gallery id=”66086″]