Why co-working is here to stay in Dayton and how you can try it

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Students gather at The Collaboratory in Dayton. Photo via Facebook.
Students gather at The Collaboratory in Dayton. Photo via Facebook.(Facebook)

For the past few years, co-working groups, organizations and spaces have popped up across Dayton with intention to bring together entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners in an inspired work environment that encourages collaboration and cohabitation. 

Local entrepreneur Lisa Von De Linde, owner of graphic design studio LisaVdesigns, shared with us her perspective on co-working and how she uses it in her business. Having been in Dayton for the past seven years (after relocating from her home in Minnesota), she’s seen the start and expansion of co-working in Dayton.

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“After starting my own business, I heard a lot about co-working spaces in other bigger cities and wished Dayton had something like what I kept reading about,” Von De Linde said. 


Upcoming co-working events:

Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Creative Co-Work at the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St. 

Feb. 23, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fourth Friday at @444, 444 E. Second St. 

Co-working spaces:

Nucleus CoShare, 411 E. 5th St.

Opal  & Fern, 400 Linden Ave. Suite 202

The Collaboratory, 33 N. Main St.

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Now that Dayton does have these kinds of opportunities, positive impact is indomitable. With a few different “definitions” of co-working, there’s an option that fits any individual need or curiosity. Von De Linde gave us a basic rundown on the different types of co-working. It may look like working outside of a dedicated office; meeting up at a coffee shop or library; attending an event in a reserved space dedicated to co-working; or renting a desk or dropping into a dedicated space for co-working. 

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“As a small business owner, getting to know other local entrepreneurs and build mutually beneficial relationships is always a plus. Making time for co-working opportunities has allowed me to connect with so many talented Dayton entrepreneurs,” Von De Linde said. 

Creative entrepreneurs gather at Opal & Fern for a co-working event. Photo via Instagram.(Morgan Anderson)

Chelsea Hall, a Dayton-based photographer, is the co-owner of co-working space Opal & Fern. She is also the co-work chair for the Dayton chapter of international creative entrepreneur group Rising Tide. In this position, Hall dedicates a space once a month to host the group’s members in a co-working environment. 

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“Our attendees are typically creative small business owners that either work from home or an office space, who are looking to get out and socialize, or bounce ideas off other business-minded individuals.” Hall said. With that idea of like-minded individuals, Hall goes on to explain the positive impact of co-working for herself and in the group.

“[Through our group] we have all met individuals in the community that we would have never met in ‘real life,’ and I believe that has given every business owner involved a better outlook on Dayton and the community we have. I believe it has also helped to grow our small businesses. Through spreading education and believing that community is more important than competition, we've been able to elevate all the businesses that come to our meetings and co-work events.” Hall said.

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With the growth of opportunity and interest in co-working, it seems as though co-working is evolving from “trend” to solution.
“With more and more individuals opting to run their own small businesses each year, especially in Dayton, we are in need of a place to socialize and be around others who are understanding of entrepreneurial hardships. I think the socialization aspect and having a creative ‘think tank’ atmosphere that helps to grow businesses and deeply root them in their city, will keep this going strong.” said Hall.

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2 injured in collision involving semi on U.S. 127 in Darke County, near Ansonia

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:26 PM

Crash at U.S. 127 and Ohio 242 in Darke County on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.: U.S. 127 North and South will remain closed as deputies investigate the collision involving a semitrailer and a passenger that sent two people in the car to a hospital. 

Both victims were in the car, which appears to have failed to yield and pulled into the path of the semitrailer at the intersection of Reed Road and state Route 242, according to the preliminary Darke County Sheriff's investigation. 

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The semi hit the gas tank section of the car and it spun to a stop in the roadway. The driver of the semi was not injured. 

Both victims had to be extricated and were loaded onto one CareFlight helicopter for the trip to a hospital. Their injuries were said to be serious, but not life-threatening, according to a sheriff's sergeant on scene.


As many as two people have been taken to a hospital from a collision near Ansonia involving a passenger vehicle and a semitrailer. 

The conditions of the victims is not known, but an initial report indicated that one or two of the victims may have been trapped in the wreckage for a time. 

Darke County sheriff's deputies, medic units and two CareFlight helicopters were dispatched sometime after 8 p.m. to the accident reported at U.S. 127 and state Route 242. 

The scene is just west of Versailles, east of Ansonia. 

Traffic in the area is affected until further notice. 

We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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Gravesites overrun for Civil War veterans at Miami County cemetery

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:48 PM

Jackson Cemetery just outside Piqua is home to Civil War veterans and many African-Americans who were born slaves but died free.

The cemetery has been a historical landmark for the last 10 years.

However, of concern to Piqua resident Della Shaffer is that some of these historical gravesites are overrun by brush.

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She knows of nine veterans buried here and has seen at least five headstones in the woods.

“I think it’s very disrespectful and it’s kind of sad to think this is their final resting place after giving service to our country,” Shaffer said.

“We are Americans. These are veterans of the Civil War. These are men that served under Abraham Lincoln.

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“I would love to have this cleared up by Memorial Day out of respect for them. But sometimes things take time,” she said.

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Lights back on after more than 7,800 lose power in Kettering area

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:00 PM

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.

Power has been restored after more than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers lost service earlier this evening in the Kettering area due to a “substation event.”

UPDATE @ 8:50 p.m.

The number without power in the Kettering area has dropped to 359, according to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map.

Power was expected to be restored around 9 p.m., according to the DP&L website.

UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m.

The number without power in the Kettering area has dropped to 4,733, according to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map.

At its height, the number without service was more than 7,800 after a malfunction occurred at a substation around 6:30 p.m.

UPDATE @ 7:15 p.m.

Crews are working to restore power to more than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers without service this evening in the Kettering area, Kelly Millhouse, director of operations, said.

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A malfunction occurred at a substation around 6:30 p.m. that led to the outages.

Millhouse said service will be switched to other circuits to restore power as soon as possible, and that there should be no other interruption of service as repairs are made to the substation.


More than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers are without power this evening in the Kettering area.

According to the DP&L online outage map, the power failure was reported around 6:30 p.m. and restoration time is expected by 8 p.m. Originally, about 900 outages were reported before that number jumped to 7,882 on the outage map.

We are waiting to hear back from the utility on what led to the outages.

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Collision involving private ambulance, passenger car snarls traffic

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:24 PM

Crash at Linden Avenue involving ambulance

A collision involving a private ambulance and a passenger car on Linden Avenue at East Third Street ended with no injuries, police said. 

The accident was dispatched about 8:15 p.m. 

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The MedPro ambulance was empty and was not on a call, according to police. The other car, a small Saturn, had a small child inside. 

Police tell us they're working to determine the at-fault driver.

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