Austin Talks | New Soul City Business Center Helps Entrepreneurs Turn Dreams Into Reality
“It was all a dream,” read the glowing neon words engraved on a wall inside the Dream Center at 5927 W. Chicago Avenue.
The Business Center, located in the Soul City Corridor of Austin, aims to help entrepreneurs exceed their dreams and realize their business ideas.
âIt all starts with a dream and an idea, but sometimes people just don’t know how to turn those dreams into reality. So we want to eliminate the guesswork, âsaid Marseil Jackson, CEO of the Dream Center. âWe try to help as many people as possible. It’s all about economic development.
The Dream Center is a co-working space that offers business support services; there are membership packages to help established and new businesses.
Some of their support offerings include consulting, grant writing, social media marketing, graphic design, and âbusiness in a box,â a service that includes everything you need to start a business. The center also offers virtual offices, virtual assistants and professional phone lines.
âThere are so many entrepreneurs in Austin, home business owners who don’t need office space, don’t need commercial space, but neither should they. doing business from their home, âJackson said.
âThere are a lot of responsibilities you take on when running your home business. You don’t have access to the capital you deserve or should have access to when you run a business and use a home address.
The Dream Center is currently working with 39 companies, some located on site and others using virtual services.
Onsite members have access to dedicated offices, private offices, conference / training room, back patio, and the ability to collaborate and work with other contractors.
Nyela Malone, CEO and Clinical Director of Lotus Healing LLC, uses the Dream Center as a West Side location for her private therapy practice.
“I think it’s great for new businesses because it puts them in a space where they can connect with others to get networking opportunities and possibly resources, and coordinate the exchange of goods and services.” , Malone said.
“We [Lotus Therapy] also work with business owners as everyone’s mental health needs are important. So it was an incredible opportunity, because I was able to get in touch with other people who can benefit from the services, âshe said.
Mac Movers, a U-Haul moving company and dealership, uses the Dream Center as office space.
âWhen you’re a new business owner, you want to try to avoid a lot of overhead. It helps me in a good way as it eliminates the extra expense. It’s a good office space and it’s a great network connection, âsaid David McCall, president of Mac Movers Inc.
“I can actually run a business functionally without having to worry about paying an electricity or gas bill. It really takes away the headache, âMcCall said.
The Dream Center adds to the growing number of businesses open in Austin, particularly in the Soul City Corridor.
âI think it helps to raise awareness that we can do more than just jobs, but we can also have businesses,â said Malone.
âIt revitalizes the community to see Chicago Avenue businesses making a difference and providing services that the community can use. “