CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV) - Starting a business can be stressful, there are a lot of hurdles. Co-working spaces can help with a sense of community and lower overhead.
A new space in Newbo is catering to a specific kind of business owner - females. It's called The Dostal House.
Meegan Hofmeister is the woman behind it all. She says oftentimes women have pressure to prove relevancy in areas where there are men entrepreneurs.
"I wanna become a destination where women entrepreneurs come to run their worlds," Hofmeister said, "I wanna create a social network and a mentoring network of other power women in the corridor area where we all come together and we become friends, and a support system, and we help each other out, and we celebrate wins, and we grieve losses, and we form this really cool empowering community."
Emily Carlson specializes in a very specific article of clothing - pencil skirts. She started her business Written Apparel a few years ago, but it's been a long process.
"The most important thing would be you have to have belief in yourself in your idea and your vision and sometimes along the way you can lose track of it or get discouraged with it so that's the biggest challenge," Carlson said.
In the new space, she doesn't have to go through it alone. She works in a house full of other women in the same boat. The desks on the second floor are rented to women only, but anyone can sell products on the first floor. Four women are already renting our desk spaces.
"We're definitely getting a lot of traffic especially as we're getting signage out front and people are realizing what we are this is basically our showroom our retail space," Nikki Hynek, owner of Dollup Beauty said.
Hofmeister's ultimate dream would be to continue expanding the space so that more and more women in the area can get involved.
They are holding a grand opening event July 8th where anyone can shop and get a tour of the facility.