VenturePad Press Release - February 10, 2017


Chris Yalonis, Founder/President, VenturePad, 415-309-0331,

VenturePad Grand Opening March 9, 2017

San Rafael, CA: VenturePad, Marin’s premier coworking community and Incubator invites the public to its Grand Opening Party on March 9, 2017 from 5 - 7 pm. Location is 1020 B Street, downtown San Rafael, between 4th and 5th Streets.

Hosting over 100 innovative small businesses, VenturePad addresses a critical need in Marin by combining affordable, accessible and professional office space with support services for Marin’s entrepreneurs, freelancers and home office professionals under one roof. Slated to be the County’s entrepreneurship hub, it will have 4000 square feet of beautiful, productive open zones with collaboration spaces, open and dedicated desks, meeting rooms and a café. VenturePad will also provide classes, workshops, events and a wrap around “C-suite team” of professional services offering affordable, specialized skills, such as website design, digital branding, product prototyping, and sales training.

The Grand Opening will include remarks from Mayor Gary Phillips, other elected representatives, and the founding team. Food and drinks will be served by local restaurants. Entertainment will be by the Michael Aragon Jazz Quartet, one of the Bay Area’s most acclaimed jazz groups.

Located in downtown San Rafael at 1020 B Street, VenturePad is within a 20-minute drive for 80% of Marin’s residents and walking distance to San Rafael’s many downtown entertainment, dining, banking and business service establishments.

“There is an unmet need right now in Marin and the North Bay for not only affordable working space, but also for startup incubator services, business advising & entrepreneur networking. Marin lost its only incubator and entrepreneurship support centers in 2015 - Venture Greenhouse and the Renaissance Center, ” says Chris Yalonis, co-founder and owner. “Those two groups hosted and supported over 350 businesses over 5 years, but lost their financial viability and had to close. Marin has no full service, centrally located coworking space either,” Yalonis adds, “VenturePad will fill these voids - coworking, incubation, and small business support.”

According to the US census data, Marin has 39,000 residents working from home either part or full time. Freelancers and solopreneurs compose 1⁄3 of Marin’s employed. “VenturePad is for them as well as corporate telecommuters” adds Yalonis, “it’s an antidote to home office isolation and distractions, as well as the noise and unprofessional nature of coffee shops. People are thanking us for designing a place to go for social and professional energy, networking and for support by other driven, successful colleagues.”

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About VenturePad: VenturePad is Marin’s premier coworking community and entrepreneurship center. Hosting over 100 businesses in downtown San Rafael, VenturePad fosters a thriving coworking community for entrepreneurs, freelancers, self-employed, giggers and those who want an alternative to the home office, café or expensive lease.

VenturePad Features:

●  Place: Central, convenient location in Downtown San Rafael - 1020 B Street, between 4th and 5th Streets, close to transit, parking and amenities.

●  Peers: Network of peers, advisors and experts available. Weekly workshops, mixers and social events.

●  Positive Impact: Our community of mission driven businesses, nonprofits and public agencies collaborate on programs and initiatives to address local, national and global challenges.

Learn more at

VenturePad, 1020 B Street, San Rafael, CA 94901,, @venturepadworks

Alejandro Moreno S.

Freelance marketing consultant and multi-potentialite. About to design my 4th squarespace site for a new workspace/incubator/accelerator I'm helping launch. The 3rd website I did is for the olive tree farm my family just bought in Tuscany (which is also an Italian villa vacation rental).  I split my time professionally between marketing, translating and interpreting live (Spanish/English), and soon I'll also be a farmer in Toiano, Tuscany (betwen Pisa and Florence). A few months a year are spent in Marin County California where I grew up and have lived most of my life. Musician, oenophile and photographer are a few additional apt descriptions.