Event planner creates free space for small-business owners

TuElla Haynes opened the Innovative Work-Space and Event Center in May. The low-cost space is geared toward small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Working from home may be great, but event planner TuElla Haynes believes entrepreneurs still need a space to work quietly and conduct meetings, no matter how small the operation.


Haynes opened The Innovative Work-Space in May to help small business owners and meet her own need for an affordable event space.

The business at 402 Shartom Drive has a 600-square-foot room in the back for events, but the front is a 400-square-foot area with tables and chairs for professionals to meet and work for free. She calls the area a “work bar” and hopes that it serves as both a quiet space to get things done and a place for independent professionals to meet and network.

“I want to make it a place where entrepreneurs and small business owners can grow their business without breaking the bank,” she said.

Haynes said that she is hoping the free space will lure in business owners and make her space first on their list when they have an event. As an event planner, she is used to looking for event space only to be shocked at the price tag.

“I couldn’t afford to help the people that needed the help,” she said.

The June special for the event space starts at $50 for four hours.

“You don’t want your money to go towards the room; you want to put that towards the actual event,” she said.