Have you seen The Smoffice in the front of Beyu? It's that window on the right. It made some big news when it launched, and it's making more news now.
At 25 square feet, The Smoffice has been chosen as one of 5 finalists for Best Unconventional Chamber Project in the World. Yep - the entire big blue marble.
The Smoffice will be competing for the worldwide title this April at the World Chambers Congress, a gathering of the global community of more than 12,000 chambers of commerce, their presidents and CEOs, business members, and influential world leaders.
The 2013 Meeting will be held in Doha, Qatar, where Durham will be competing against 4 others Chambers, three of which are national chambers:
- The Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia
- Korea Chamber of Commerce
- Chamber of Commerce of Nuremberg, Germany
- The Chamber of Commerce of Finland
For those who aren’t “in the know" The Smoffice was a national contest to give away the World’s Smallest Office Space. The goal of The Smoffice was to begin to create greater national awareness of Durham as an entrepreneurial hub with the intent to significantly increase the density of startups in downtown.
The Smoffice received press on an international scale in 2012, being featured in TechCrunch, Startup Smart, WRAL Tech Wire, New York Times, Fast Company, Tech Journal South, Triangle Tech Talk and Smart Planet. The chosen company, The Makery Project launched during their time in The Smoffice and continue to grow in Downtown Durham.