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Newest CBD business hub focuses on women

The Hunter’s female entrepreneurs as well as micro and small business owners are being encouraged to come together in a new, modern and affordable CBD office hub with a difference launched by well-known Hunter businesswomen Shivani Gupta and Tracy Farley.
The multi office hub is located on the second floor of 121 King Street, across from the former David Jones’ car park.
Ms Farley said tenants will have 24 hour secure entry as well as access to high speed internet, a kitchenette and meals area, and a shared meeting room. She said it will also offer some special, additional features.
Tenants will also benefit from free, monthly personal and professional development sessions from Ms Gupta and Ms Farley on a range of business and personal improvement topics. Ms Farley has worked until recently in retail and small business finance. Ms Gupta is a leading mentor to business leaders and women and is the owner of several businesses including local endota spas and Passionate People Institute. The pair are also looking manage work experience placements to benefit local students but also provide hub tenants with an additional helping hand.
“We want to create a workplace where small business people can share skills with other tenants and benefit from Shivani and my extensive business and personal experience,” Ms Farley said.
Ms Gupta said whilst the office accommodation was open to women and men, she has seen a need for women who want to run their businesses alongside other women whether it be to enable collaboration or to simply inspire each other.
She has owned the building for several years. It was once the home of her business Passionate People Institute but has been tenanted to Medicare Local until recently.
“The hub is in a fantastic location in the heart of the CBD with access to public transport, parking and great cafes,” Ms Gupta said.
There are three large offices, four small offices and six individual spaces. The offices can be rented furnished or tenants may bring their own furniture.