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Making space for collaboration


By SMRITI JACOB | published in Rochester Beacon
Rochester Beacon Metro Collective Making Space For Collaboration

Maureen Ballatori is an entrepreneur whose ambitions extend beyond growing her own business. She aims to develop ecosystems for small businesses like hers to grow and thrive.

“I think that there is a lot of value in creating something that works for me that with a little extra effort can also work 10 times,” says the 35-year-old Ballatori, who owns 29 Design Studio and is a partner in Port 100, a coworking community in Geneva and downtown Rochester. 

Along with developer Craig Webster of Webster Properties, Ballatori is also spearheading Metro Collective, which aims to unite collaborative spaces across sectors. Some of Webster’s properties—Metro Park, High Falls Business Center and Made on State (all formerly under the brand Metro Cowork, also a coworking community)—are expected to become part of Metro Collective.

The ultimate goal is to create a community where members can bounce ideas off each other, connect, and consult in person or online.

Read more in Rochester Beacon’s article Making space for collaboration.