Kiva Cowork is New Name of Impact Hub of Santa Barbara

Release Date: October 10,2019

Members of Team Kiva include, from left, Michael Lewis, Julia Cavaletto, Kylie Wagner, Kristin Boehm, Kate Agnoli and Dan Ferrick.
Impact Hub in Santa Barbara is changing its name to Kiva CoWork. Members of Team Kiva include, from left, Michael Lewis, Julia Cavaletto, Kylie Wagner, Kristin Boehm, Kate Agnoli and Dan Ferrick. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo)

By Joshua Molina, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @JECMolina | October 10, 2019 | 8:57 p.m.

Impact Hub Santa Barbara is changing its name to Kiva CoWork, a move that will bring it more marketing autonomy and ability to expand its services.

For people who use the Impact Hub, "Nothing will change except for the name,” Dan Ferrick, co-founder, told Noozhawk. “Under the new branding, however, Kiva will break away from the corporate ownership and partnership with the global Impact Hub, and expand into property management services for entrepreneurs. 

“We need to control our destiny,” Ferrick said. “The change reflects what we are doing in Santa Barbara.”

Ferric said previous attempts to change anything would have to be approved by the corporate office, which could take months or up to a year. This will allow Kiva to also possibly expand services outside of the county. 

Chief operating officer Michael Lewis came up with the Kiva name. It’s a Native American word that means chamber or room, partially underground, used for rituals. 

“We want to bring in different parts of the community and help them as much as we can,” Lewis said. 

The new signs will be unveiled next week. The new logo features a hexagon with an abstract “K” and a line in the middle, which symbolizes people from different backgrounds crossing paths and intersecting, like what happens in the shared workspace.

“It's a place where people gather,” Lewis said.

Kiva has about 450 clients, some of them long-term and some of them who drop in for a day or more. Companies such as App Folio, Amazon and Airbnb have used Kiva’s office services.

Kiva has three locations, 1117 State St., 10 E. Yanonali St. and 1221 Chapala St.

The shared workspace offers a variety of office services, including meeting rooms, Wi-Fi, chairs, tables, couches, offices, a kitchen and a variety of business-support services.

— Noozhawk staff writer Joshua Molina can be reached at jmolina@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk@NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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