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Albany Beahive creating a buzz in the biz community

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Tired of working out of coffee shops or your home office? Well, a new type of office space is creating quite a buzz for Capital Region entrepreneurs. YNN's Megan Cruz introduces us to the Albany Beahive.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- "I just got tired of fighting with the cappuccino machine," said Amanda Kelly. Every time I got on the phone, it'd be really embarrassing with an interview or a client and have the machine going off."

A month ago, Kelly was your typical entrepreneur - often frequenting area coffee shops while working on her career consulting firm "Success on Deck."

But she's recently traded in her coffee cup for a desk at Albany Beahive.

"As a business owner and a consultant, I want a place where people can come speak to me professionally, and obviously starting up, I can't afford my own office space so this is ideal," said Kelly.

Wondering what's the Beahive? Well, it just opened Wednesday, and is a pay-per-use office space with all the traditional bells and whistles. But more importantly, it's a new type of work environment for entrepreneurs and freelances from all different fields.

Albany Beahive Owner Tracy Metzger says it's meant to create collaborations.

"It comes back to the sense of community," said Metzger. "Depending on the business you're in, it's really important to get connected in the region and with other companies or other professions."

Co-working venues like this have popped up in other cities like New York and Austin, but this Beahive is the first here in the Capital Region. Local officials say Albany is the perfect location for this project.

"We have a large interest in residential spaces now, so we have a lot of people moving in and a lot of them work from home so this works nicely with that," said Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings.

As for Kelly, she's hoping to team up with a publicist because, "Obviously publicity is a huge part of being able to start a business," she said, which would have been a lot more difficult if it hadn't been for the buzz of the Albany Beahive.

For more information about this BEAHIVE, visit beahivebzzz.com.

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