The “World’s Smallest Office” – The Smoffice, has been named as a finalist in the 2013 International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation Competition in the Best Unconventional Project category. The announcement was made on February 14 at the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. The announcement was made in part by Anthony Parkes, WCF Director (via video) and 2013 Durham Chamber Board Chairman Michael Schoenfeld of Duke University.
Competition finalists will present their projects during the 8th World Chambers Congress in Doha, Qatar April 22-25. The Smoffice is the only finalist from the United States. According to the World Chambers Federation, 65 entries were received from chambers from 42 counties in five categories.
“A recognition of this caliber further solidifies that Durham’s brand is now a worldwide brand,” said Casey Steinbacher, President & CEO of the Durham Chamber. “It is no longer a secret that Durham is the place to start and grow your business.”
The Smoffice, an initiative of the Durham Chamber and Downtown Durham Inc. to attract entrepreneurs to downtown Durham, received dozens of entries from entrepreneurs from across the U.S. The national competition to give away office space in the storefront window of Beyu Caffe and a six-week stay at a downtown condo garnered over 70 press hits from news organizations including Fast Company, TechCrunch, the New York Times and NPR.