Beachworx Launches New Partnerships


By Melissa Fertitta

Beachworx, the Emerald Coast’s only coworking space, has launched two new strategic partnerships designed to help veterans transitioning to civilian employment.

On Oct. 28, Beachworx CEO Steven Franco was a featured speaker at a Special Operators Transition Foundation (SOTF) workshop, joining other distinguished speakers from the c-suites of area businesses. The conversation focused on informing veterans of opportunities within their organizations and industries, and explaining the differences in interviewing for civilian jobs as well as the processes for performance development and assessment in these roles.

“It was important for me to share with these vets the values of Beachworx and our other businesses because they can serve anyone in any industry,” Franco said.

Some of those values are healthy living and a balance between work and life, striving for excellence, positivity and connection with others.

In addition to being a flexible affordable professional office space, Beachworx sells success. Its community, which includes strategic partners, members and even frequent day users, offers resources and relationships that help entrepreneurs conduct and scale business. Beachworx’s community offers business support resources, products and services like payment processing, web development, marketing, accounting and consulting. Additionally, there are traditional and reverse mentorship happenings in the coworking community that frequently hosts networking events.

One such networking event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, to welcome veterans and their spouses to meet community members and local business owners and executives in support of their transition to civilian employment. Co-hosted by SOTF, this event is open to the public and Beachworx members alike. Visitors will get an opportunity to tour the space and learn about the various products and services offered.

Veterans, specifically, will be interested to learn more about a special membership program offered through Veterans Florida. This grant-funded membership gives veterans full access to Beachworx for six months. Veterans will receive $2,000 to put toward a dedicated desk in the coworking area. The dedicated desk program provides veterans with a dedicated workspace, conference room access, a business address and the opportunity to attend networking events and workshops offered by Beachworx.

One such workshop is planned for Nov. 9 by Beachworx and the Small Business Development Council. The “Starting a Business Workshop” will be presented by Diana Jernigan, a Business Consultant at the SBDC. The three-hour workshop will focus on determining a business idea’s feasibility and how to form a company and register it with the appropriate government agencies. Basic marketing strategies and an introduction to capital options will be included in the $50 registration.

To register for any of these events, follow Beachworx on Facebook or email