Mirroring global trends, Boulder's coworking options last year swelled and resulted in more than a half-dozen options for people to work independently or with others in a shared office environment.

The increase in competition also spurred collaboration among the operators of the local spaces.

Last summer, eight coworking businesses -- Boulder Digital Arts, The Candy Shop, Co-Motion Boulder, Colab Boulder, The DaVinci Institute, Fuse, Hub Boulder and Scrib -- partnered to establish the Boulder Coworking Alliance. The organization's aim is to further the coworking industry in Boulder County.

Six months after its formation, the group on Monday will kick off Boulder Coworking Week, a five-day series of events designed to showcase the spaces and increase awareness of the industry, said Shaw Lathrop, a member of Scrib and one of Boulder Coworking Week's organizers.

"I think the biggest thing is community," Lathrop said. "In this modern world, there's a big disconnect between people. Social media, in a lot of ways I think it's caused more isolation."

The week's events include tours and activities at each of the facilities intertwined with networking meetups at local coffee shops and restaurants. A full listing of the events is at bouldercoworking.org.

"The goal from (the tour) of all of the spaces is to let people see this vibrant community that is part of a revolution in the way that people do business," Lathrop said. "I think it's really in line with the Boulder business scene, where it's very tied to the startup mentality where people want to work in a fun, cool environment that allows them to be themselves."

That entrepreneur-driven community led to the development of the Riverside Building, a multi-functional site off Broadway and Arapahoe that's being outfitted to include a restaurant, wine and craft beer bar, a 2,000-square-foot event space and Fuse, a coworking facility.

Since the owners of the Riverside Building started marketing Fuse in late-December, they sold 11 memberships, including five private desks, said Christian M. Macy, a partner in the project.

Fuse will be the first element to open as part of the phased construction of the historic property.

"In Boulder, you get a lot of freelancers, young professionals, startups, all (these people) are wanting to create," Macy said. " ... Coworking spaces offer people this professional environment that they can't otherwise find."

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