Shelley Bade, an Office Evolution Franchisee in Peoria, Arizona, is featured this month in Entrepreneur magazine. Shelley tells Entrepreneur that she began to feel OE’s “Ohana,” or extended family culture, back in 2018 when she and her business partner, Jill Pogrant, had just joined forces with OE. Soon after starting the franchise, tragedy struck, and she lost Jill to breast cancer, leaving Shelley grief-stricken and terrified.
Shelley said that in the face of this crisis, Mark Hemmeter, the founder and CEO of Office Evolution, and so many others at OE, reached out to her daily and provided her with endless support and the assistance that she needed to stay on her feet.
Now, in the midst of COVID-19, Shelley says the support she receives from OE is especially comforting—
“Oh my Gosh, it’s not me just going it alone. Being a franchisee has made me feel that much more empowered.”
Shelley mentions all of the professionals who have given her “wonderful guidance,” such as the “marketing guru,” the real estate specialists, and “about 25 people from the corporate office” who have been providing her with assistance when she needs it.
Founded in 2003 and franchising since 2012, the Colorado-based company is the largest and fastest growing coworking franchisor in the United States. Office Evolution currently has 72 locations open. The brand has nearly 140 units sold in markets across the country and is poised for further growth as the demand for suburban workspace continues to rise. The brand’s model fills a niche for everyone who needs workspace close to home. Office Evolution is helping thousands of business owners be dreamers, risk-takers, and doers by providing them with access to professional services that will help them drive their business forward. Office Evolution continues to lead the workplace transformation that is projected to see nearly 30 percent of all office space become shared office space by 2030, according to a JLL report. Office Evolution is currently operating in 25 states across the nation and has been named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 and is an Inc. 5000 company. For more information about Office Evolution, please visit https://www.officeevolution.com/.
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