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CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Norman Yu Photography

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Orlando’s coworking space perfect for up-and-coming photographer’s business Norman Yu, 35, enjoys helping people. It’s why he became a nurse. It’s also why he became a photographer. Yu is the owner of Norman Yu Photography, a boutique photography company that specializes in weddings. Though he still has his nursing license and works as a nurse once a week, Yu fuels his passion for art and capturing special moments by taking photos. How long have you been here at CoLab? About a year and eight months. How did you hear about CoLab? It’s kind of funny. When I had just moved back from Los Angeles, I was meeting clientele at the local Starbucks and Panera. I visited a friend’s job, who’s an attorney, and I saw at his workplace that there was a central conference room and five or six attorneys working out of this office. They all worked for themselves …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Bridges of Light Foundation

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Non-profit organization forges important relationships with other CoLab members   The Bridges of Light Foundation, established in 2004, raises money to further the education for children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected. In addition to providing gifts to children during the holidays, the foundation also has the Educational Tutoring Program, which gives personalized instruction in math, science, reading and language arts. To date, more than 30 kids have received free college tuition through Bridges of Light. They’re also one of our awesome CoLab members. Rachel Kaufman, the foundation’s executive administrator, chatted with us about why they’ve chosen CoLab Orlando as home for their non-profit organization. How long have you been here at CoLab? It’ll be two years in October. How did you hear about CoLab Orlando? We were referred to the Angelbilt Building by Florida Tradebank when our lease was up at our downtown location. We loved the clean …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Phil Calfee of MediaStormPro

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Video production & web design entrepreneur sought coworking space for networking, easier commute At age 10, Phil Calfee knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He wanted to spend his career making computer-generated dinosaurs like they did on Jurassic Park. Calfee, now 33, pursued his interest in digital media by launching Orlando video production company MediaStormPro in 2010. The company specializes in graphic design, video production and web design. The most rewarding part of his job, he says, is building relationships with his clients and helping them promote their businesses. “Getting paid is a nice reward for what I do, but the relationships make it worthwhile,” he says. Before launching his own business, Calfee worked from home for the digital agency edgefactory. When the time came to venture into business ownership, he knew he wanted to be around other small businesses. CoLab Orlando has helped increase his …

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