At the Hub at 63 Putnam St., businesses of all types can find office space to suit them, whether their employees are professionals in business suits or entrepreneurs in jeans. And more than just space, tenants can find a network of like-minded businesspeople ready to exchange ideas and support.
Real estate developer Bruce Levinsky of Merlin Development owns both the Hub and its building at 63 Putnam. The Hub opened in October 2013 and now has 11 business tenants with room for more.
“The Hub gives us a great professional appearance,” said insurance agent Julie Hill, a tenant.
Other tenants include Sarah Burger, attorney at law at Cooper Erving and Savage. Burger is the Saratoga Springs city attorney; the Hub office is her private practice. James Lee of Lee Investment Management has space in the Hub, as does Scott Starr, vice president, business development of Dynamic Energy.
“We provide small-business owners, entrepreneurs and teleworkers with appropriate offices,” said Hub employee Elizabeth Burke.
On her business card, Burke’s official title is coordination manager, but she fills many roles, including receptionist, administrative assistant, bookkeeper, travel agent, and marketer for the Hub and all its clients. Tenants call her the business concierge and say she’s the equivalent of a staff of eight.
“We are trying to bring back the service aspect of business,” she said.
The Hub office space that Burke oversees contains two conference rooms and 24 executive offices. Being a tenant permits businesspeople to have a quiet, professional workplace, as well as amenities such as network Internet, Wi-Fi, conference rooms with flat-panel monitors, black and white or color prints, copies, scanning and faxing. Overhead costs less. Startups can have an address. Walk-in clients can have a space for a day or a month.
“People can come work here during the evening,” Burke said. “Nonprofits can use our office space for meetings; salespeople can come in from all over. The Hub lets smaller startups work in Saratoga Springs, our vibrant, exciting city.”
The atmosphere of the Hub promotes conversation and collaboration among its tenants, she said.
“It’s a space for shared ideas, a collaborative environment and a networking incubator,” said Dr. Kenneth Rotondo, founding partner of Novum, who rents an executive office at the Hub. “This is an entrepreneurial world.”
The Hub plans to expand into Glens Falls in the near future.