Urban Co-Works to Host Entrepeneur Night

Urban Co-Works is excited to announce its first Entrepreneur Night, sponsored by Community Bank, will be hosted on April 23, 2024, from 5:30pm – 8:00pm. Local professionals are invited to join for an evening of entrepreneurial innovation, inspiration, and networking at Urban Co-Works, a premiere coworking space located in downtown Scranton.

The night will kick-off with a presentation hosted by NEPA Tech featuring Dr. John G Duesler, president of the PA Drone Association, as he discusses The Innovation Trap: How Ideas, Technologies, and Discoveries Deceive Us. Dr. John G Duesler brings a wealth of experience to the table as the President of the Pennsylvania Drone Association. His focus on the burgeoning drone economy is not just limited to aerial work with sports networks but extends into the realm of agriculture.

“Building a community of individuals who are passionate about technology, entrepreneurship, business, and the arts is a key to the future growth of Scranton and Northeast Pennsylvania as a whole. That is NEPA Tech’s mission since 2016,” said John George, NEPA Tech Committee Chairperson. “NEPA Tech is excited to collaborate with Urban Co-Work’s Entrepreneur Night to further this goal. Collaboration and cross-promotion is multiplicative. Together we will go far.”

Following Dr. Duesler, two young entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas and receive feedback on how to best position their brands. The first to pitch will be David Yeager, CEO and founder of Showcase, a music discovery platform that creates a collective listening experience along with connection points and conversations between both the Artists and the fans. Second to pitch will be Julio Pertuz, CEO and founder of Fidbak, a digital platform transforming the learning and skill development process.

“Entrepreneurship is growing in Scranton and we’re looking forward to hosting Entrepreneur Night here at Urban Co-Works to help foster new business ideas throughout the community,” said Jeff Goronkin, founder and CEO of Urban Co-works. “This will be a unique opportunity for anyone interested in starting their own company to learn from local business leaders, gain insights, forge connections, and be a part of the entrepreneurial spirit driving innovation in Scranton and beyond.”

Goronkin is working with Ken Okrepkie of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania to secure additional entrepreneurs to present throughout the year. 

“Investing in local entrepreneurs is so important so that we can foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem that will lead to job creation and a stronger economy in Scranton and Northeastern PA,” said Ken Okrepkie. “I look forward to working with Jeff to support these entrepreneurs and hopefully bring their companies to fruition in our city.”


Tuesday, April 23, 2024


*Presentations to begin at 6:00pm


Urban Co-Works

116 North Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor

Scranton, PA 18503


Jeff Goronkin – CEO & Founder, Urban Co-Works

Ken Okrepkie – Regional Manager, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Dr. John G. Duesler – President, PA Drone Association

David Yeager, CEO & Founder, Showcase

Julio Pertuz, CEO & Founder, Fidbak

Anyone looking for more information or who wishes to attend can visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entrepreneur-night-at-urban-co-works-tickets-873625606707?aff=oddtdtcreator to register. 

I Need A Speaker Offers Six-week Public Speaking Workshop

Registration is open for a six-week public speaking course offered by I Need A Speaker, an online connection hub for speakers and the people who want to book them. This in-person course will meet Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. beginning on April 2, 2024 at Urban Co-Works, 116 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, PA.

“This course will help individuals develop their public speaking skills and serve as a refresher for those who have existing skills,” explained I Need A Speaker founder Tricia Richards-Service, PhD, who serves as instructor.

Participants will learn how to:

·      Choose, narrow, and refine your topic

·      Write a central statement of purpose

·      Analyze your audience

·      Gather supporting materials

·      Outline an impactful speech

·      Develop an effective delivery style

·      Get started in the public speaking business. 

The course fee is $397. For details and registration, email info@ineedaspeaker.com. Registration closes March 27, 2024.

Urban Co-Works Partners with Scranton-Based Artist for First Friday 

Urban Co-Works is excited to announce a new partnership with Scranton-based, Queer Asian-American Artist, SACHIKO, who will curate art to be displayed in the coworking space during First Friday events. The artist SACHIKO will use their marketing and consulting expertise to secure four local artists to showcase diverse and beautiful artwork each month during First Friday.

“We feel incredibly privileged to collaborate with The Artist SACHIKO in curating artists year-round at Urban Co-Works for First Friday in Scranton,” said Jeff Goronkin, Urban Co-Works CEO. “Our modern, adaptable office space provides an ideal canvas to showcase the richness of our local talent. We are thrilled to join the First Friday venue community, dedicated to uniting artists, art aficionados, and collectors under one roof.”

The artist SACHIKO will seek artwork that stands out for its creativity and originality while ensuring cohesion within the venue. Valuing diversity in styles and backgrounds, they aim to create an inclusive space that encourages engagement and dialogue among viewers. The artist’s ultimate goal is to curate shows that ignite inspiration and celebrate the rich artistic talent in our community.

“I met Jeff when I went down to Urban Co-Works to tour the space and discuss exhibiting my work. I was captivated by their vision and ethos for the space, said the artist SACHIKO. “During our conversation, I shared my recent collaboration in curating the show, ‘A Collective of NEPA Artists’ for Little Wild Refillery, alongside my professional background. We sensed a natural alignment for collaboration and the rest is history.” 

In addition to the gallery at Urban Co-Works, First Friday Scranton features a wide variety of cultural events found in some of the city’s best restaurants and cafes, as well as galleries, boutiques, and other small businesses. All events associated with First Friday Scranton take place from 5-9 PM in a walk-able, close-knit footprint, though a trolley bus is available to provide shuttle service at designated stops.

“Heading into 2024 we were thrilled to see new venues registering for the event. Urban Co-Works, which opened its doors this past December, was quick to recognize the event is a great opportunity to highlight their amazing space which is filling a much-needed gap in our Downtown,“ said Jack Reager, president of the board of First Friday.

Urban Co-Works currently has 3 brilliant artists on display and 14 amazing artists booked so far. The company is in the process of finalizing our 2024 schedule. Please visit https://urbancoworks.com/scranton/ for calendar details.”

If you are an artist interested in showing your work at Urban Co-Works, please contact gallery@urbancoworks.com. A full list of scheduled artists is below.

For more information on Urban Co-Works or to interview Jeff Goronkin or the artist SACHIKO, please contact Susan Bardack at susan@buzzmediasolutions.com or 518.867.7940. You can learn more about Urban Co-works at www.urbancoworks.com

Donate Non-Perishable Food to United Neighborhood Centers

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce hosted the Mardi Gras Business Card Exchange at Urban Co-Works on Wednesday, February 21. Chamber members networked, toured the facility, and ate great food. The Chamber and Urban Co-Works partnered to collect non-perishable food items from Chamber members to support the United Neighborhood Center pantry. Chamber members are encouraged to continue supporting UNC by donating directly to the organization.

Through collected efforts of The Chamber and members like FNCB Bank, UNC was gifted non-perishable food items to stock their pantry. You and your business can continue to support UNC and other nonprofit members in the greater Scranton community by donating directly to them. Search for fellow members and see how you can help them.

Urban Co-Works Opens Downtown Scranton

Urban Co-Works is proud to announce the opening of its newest coworking space in Scranton, Pennsylvania, providing professionals and entrepreneurs with a dynamic and collaborative work environment.  The coworking business is located at the newly renovated space at 116 North Washington Ave. With a focus on fostering a dynamic professional community, Urban Co-Works offers a range of amenities to meet the diverse needs of today’s workforce.

The new Urban Co-Works in Scranton came together through a collaboration with Mayor Paige G. Cognetti and the City of Scranton, Charlie Jefferson, owner of 116 North Washington Ave, and Urban Co-Works.

“Urban Co-Works will substantially contribute to downtown Scranton’s thriving business environment,” said Mayor Paige G. Cognetti. “The City is dedicated to revitalization, and their model of innovation, connectivity, and productivity directly supports that goal while transforming the modern working environment.”

“We are excited to see months of hard work result in an incredible space for a growing company,” said Charlie Jefferson.  “Urban Co-Works found opportunity in Downtown Scranton thanks to Mayor Cognetti and her economic development staff.  They brought Jeff and his company to the downtown and got creative to make the project a reality. The downtown is a vibrant neighborhood with great places to eat and shop and now has the best coworking space in NEPA.  It’s the right time for this idea in our town and Urban Co-Works is the perfect company to make it happen.”

Jeffrey Goronkin, CEO of Urban Co-Works, expressed his excitement about the Scranton location: “Urban Co-Works is committed to providing a top-notch office environment that brings the business community together. We are thrilled to bring this unique coworking experience to Scranton, offering professionals the ideal space to thrive and succeed.”

The Urban Co-Works ribbon cutting, officiated by Bob Durkin, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce CEO, is scheduled for Friday at 4:00 pm with tours of the space and networking to follow. “Urban Co-Works, with a recognized record of success, is adding another asset to our already growing regional small business and remote worker economy. I am certain that this facility will prove to be a complement to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and programming established by the Chamber and our local universities.”


57 Modern Offices: Urban Co-Works boasts 57 fully furnished offices, providing professionals with a private and comfortable workspace tailored to their needs.

Training Room: The facility includes a dedicated training room equipped with large screen TV’s, erasable writing boards and other technology, ideal for workshops, seminars, and corporate training sessions.

Multiple Meeting Spaces: Members have access to various meeting spaces designed for collaboration and brainstorming sessions, fostering a creative and productive atmosphere.

Privacy Pods: For those moments when focus and concentration are paramount or to jump on a Zoom call, Urban Co-Works offers privacy pods, providing a quiet and distraction-free workspace.

Expansive Coworking Space: The coworking space is equipped with 20 workstations with a modern adjacent kitchen, offering an open and flexible environment for individuals by day and networking events in the evening.

Other amenities include high speed internet, a copy center and mail room, member-only networking events, coffee and tea, self-service snack station and more.


Urban Co-Works offers a variety of memberships to accommodate the various needs of today’s workforce.

Virtual Mailing: Ideal for remote professionals, this membership level provides a prestigious business address and mail handling services.

Coworking: Access to shared workspaces on a part-time to full-time basis, allowing flexibility for those who need a professional environment without a long-term commitment.

Private Offices: Fully furnished private offices provide professionals with a dedicated and personalized workspace on a month-to-month basis.

Conference Room by the Hour: Need a professional meeting space? Urban Co-Works offers conference room rentals on an hourly basis, ensuring members have access to the facilities they need when they need them.

Scranton Urban Co-Works to Host Ribbon Cutting for Newly Opened Business

Urban Co-Works is officially open for business! 

Jeff Goronkin, the owner,  invites you to come and celebrate with a Ribbon Cutting and Open House this Friday, Dec 1st from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. See for yourself the state-of-the-art facilities designed to inspire creativity, foster collaboration, and boost productivity.

This event is not just a celebration but an invitation to experience the vibrant and dynamic atmosphere of Urban Co-Works. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a freelancer, a remote worker, or simply curious about our community, this is the perfect chance to network, connect, and discover the potential of a shared workspace environment.

Kindly register for this free event at :Urban Co-Works Scranton Ribbon Cutting and Open House Tickets, Fri, Dec 1, 2023 at 4:00 PM | Eventbrite

We are located at 116 North Washington Avenue 3rd Floor Scranton, PA 18503.  I hope you can join us to celebrate!

Urban Co-Works to Open in October

Urban Co-Works expects to open for business at its newest location at 116 N. Washington Avenue in Scranton, Pennsylvania, this October.  The company announced they are now booking hard-hat tours for people interested in signing up for membership. “Our premier flexible office space has meeting rooms, an expansive coworking area, conference rooms, privacy pods for Zoom calls, 60 private offices, a training room, and more. Anyone working from home or who needs a modern office is just going to love what we have to offer,” said Jeffrey Goronkin, CEO of Urban Co-Works.

The company has also announced they have appointed Tiffany Cross-Luciani as General Manager at Urban Co-Works in Scranton, who will head up these tours. Cross-Luciani was formerly the Economic Development Director for the City of Scranton. Goronkin said, “Tiffany brings incredible talent and connections to the new position, and we are excited to have her join the team.”

Cross-Luciani will manage operations at the industrial chic coworking space and be a familiar face to members. Cross-Luciani said, “I’m excited to work alongside our professional community and help foster an environment where businesses thrive and ideas flourish. Urban Co-Works will provide world-class office solutions to our city that are affordable and flexible. It’s a wonderful opportunity for all of us.”

Entrepreneurs, consultants, and other professionals who need an office can take advantage of the flexible memberships offered by Urban Co-Works.  Prices start at $150/month for access to their premier office space. A variety of membership levels, from part-time to full-time, are available. The company also rents its meeting rooms by the hour and offers day passes and virtual business mail services.

Anyone interested in taking a tour of Urban Co-Works can register on their website at www.urbancoworks.com.

Urban Co-Works Progresses in Construction of Scranton Site

Urban Co-works hopes you are doing well and thriving in your work endeavors. Urban Co-works is thrilled to share some exciting updates about their new Scranton, PA location!

Walls are being built! Their 19,000 + square foot space has been completely cleared out. The floors, the walls and drop ceilings are all gone!  Check out their new, huge space. In a few weeks, Urban Co-works location will look like this.

Urban Co-Works is the premier office environment for entrepreneurs, startups, non-profits, consultants and business professionals. Located in the heart of downtown Schenectady, NY, we are steps away from some of the best cafe’s, restaurants and entertainment in the Capital Region. We are excited to announce our newest location in Scranton PA, opening later this year.

At Urban Co-Works, members make valuable connections and stretch their dollars in an all-inclusive office setting. Our flexible options include free WiFi, utilities, conference rooms, printing and a host of other amenities. Spacious workspaces and private offices are available.