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Coworking Spaces Offer Flexibility And Community To A Range Of Pittsburgh Businesses

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The Butler Street Lofts are among a handful of Beauty Shoppe coworking properties around the Pittsburgh area.


Entrepreneurs and start-ups need room to grow, but office space can be expensive and leases require commitment would-be business owners aren't always comfortable with.

Shared workspace, often called coworking, can offer flexibility, community and a range of options and addresses for independent contractors and small businesses looking to find their footing or a soft place to land. 90.5 WESA explores what the Pittsburgh market has to offer with Anna Bixler, Pittsburgh native and Industrious community manager, and Rabih Helou, co-founder and CEO of Pittsburgh-based Beauty Shoppe.

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  Elsewhere in the show, 1A’s Joshua Johnson explains what it takes to bring the show together ahead of his upcoming visit to Pittsburgh. Johnson will host 1A from the 90.5 WESA studios Thursday and Friday. The public is invited to attend a separate event with the long-time newsman Thursday evening at the August Wilson Center downtown.

Democratic Rep. Mark Rozzi has identified himself as a survivor of clergy sex abuse. In the wake of the grand jury report detailing decades of abuses and abusers in Pennsylvania, he's asking the legislature to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations and create a temporary window for older survivors to sue. 

And from Harrisburg, 90.5 WESA capitol bureau chief Katie Meyer discusses a new proposal in the state senate to change how Pennsylvania hosts its primaries.

The Confluence, where the news comes together, is 90.5 WESA’s daily news program. Tune in weekdays at 9 a.m. to hear newsmakers and innovators join veteran journalist Kevin Gavin, taking an in-depth look at stories important to the Pittsburgh region. Find more episodes of The Confluence here.

Megan Harris is a writer, editor, photographer and curator for Pittsburgh's NPR News station. She leads editorial coverage for The Confluence, 90.5 WESA's live, one-hour, daily morning news show.
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