The Lightning Jar

Powering Small Businesses in Vermont

The Lightning Jar is perfect for entrepreneurs or students who are tired of working out of their home, professionals or innovators who crave a more energizing thinking space, or teams who need a collaborative space to toss around and find shape for new ideas. As a community-based coworking space, The Lightning Jar isn’t just for those who enjoy working in groups; it also caters to people who prefer working on their own in a space that affords them a chance to mingle when they come up for air.
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Who it Helps:

The Lightning Jar is more than a cooperative working space. It is a venue where professionals, students and innovators can get work done in the company of likeminded and like-motivated folks. The space offers a variety of membership and a-la-carte options at reasonable prices to provide easy access for a wide range of people. Learn More

How it Works:

Membership at The Lightning Jar comes with some great benefits. Most packages offer the basics, like access to the coworking space, which includes non-dedicated workspaces, a private meeting room, break room amenities, Wifi and general office equipment. Some packages also include dedicated work spaces and free entry to social and professional events offered after hours. Become a Member

About the Partnership:

Born out of a desire to spur the creative economy and drive business growth in the Bennington region, the Lightning Jar was conceived as VSECU was opening its Bennington branch in 2015. The idea began when local business and community leaders went out into the community to talk to entrepreneurs, small business owners, and individuals. Using what they learned, the owners of The Lightning Jar designed a coworking space that fosters collaboration, innovation, and growth.


Our vision is to inspire a movement that brings people together to empower the possibilities for greater financial, environmental and social prosperity. As part of fulfilling this vision, we “power” initiatives that represent innovative efforts to stimulate social and economic opportunities through collaboration and cooperation.