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Once upon a time, startup companies and independent workers struggled in solitude, gamely making a go from barebones home offices. (Read: bed.) But today, with more professionals choosing (or being forced) to eschew corporate rigidity in favor of entrepreneurial ventures, many more-amenable, shared spaceshave sprung up to offer the resources of larger office settings: there’s Oficio in the Back Bay, WorkBar and Space with a Soul in the Seaport, and Cambridge Innovation Center in Kendall Square. They offer desk space, equipment, meeting rooms, and packed schedules of networking and social events — and frequently, you’ll find free snacks and coffee, too. (A must for any office.) And in May, ground was broken on the $5.5 million Boston Innovation Center on the South Boston waterfront, a 12,000-square-foot facility that will have meeting and event spaces, video studios, and even a test kitchen. We smell a creative economy cooking.

_ Stuff Boston