I have either a great opportunity or a terrible threat coming my way. I see it as an opportunity, and I want to get ideas from you to see how you’d take advantage of this situation.
Quick background set up: We’re located in a 70,000 person city and in the main part of the historic district downtown. Lacking in downtown for over a decade is any hotel. We do have a couple bed and breakfasts though. The city has been exploring the idea of putting a convention center and hotel in the downtown. Not huge, around 200 rooms and 14,000 sq ft meeting/convention space. The studies have been conducted, recommendations made and the project was awarded to the local Marriott franchise.
Here’s where I come in: The spot they chose for this project is across the street from Cowork Frederick.
I had a brief meeting with the Marriott owner, explained what Cowork Frederick is, and welcomed him to the neighborhood with hopes that our businesses will compliment each other.
My question to you is: what ideas do you have for creating a win-win relationship with my new neighbors? I’m exploring the somewhat obvious ideas of day passes, perhaps at a discount, or rental of our meeting spaces. I think I’m too close to the situation, so I’d like to know what you’d do or if any of you had similar experiences?