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Busy week for CoLab, starting InternSHARE!

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Today is known as St Patrick’s Day, but for CoLab today is the start of an epic week! We are finally launching InternSHARE this week with the hiring of an intern, along with inviting a UCF student into the coworking space to get into the door. With the hire of our new intern Andrea, not only will she get access to all the possibilities within the 30+ companies under one roof. She will also be helping our members with anything they need help with, that her skills can provide! No matter if its for an hour or for many hours in a day, she will be here for our members. Talk about collaboration at its finest! Also this week we have some fun events for our members. We have a Brunch and Learn tomorrow March 18th, with mimosas and a great lesson on how to keep steady cash flow within …

Coworking will continue to grow in 2014

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It may have looked like your typical coffee shop gathering, but one Brooklyn building hosted four of the most prominent young tech companies in the wake of an emergency. It happened after Hurricane Sandy, which wiped out the power of many offices in New York. A quaint studio invited staff from Gawker, Tumblr, Foursquare and Vimeo to work from its space. It’s the most prominent example of a new trend in business called coworking in which professiona ls from different businesses and industries work independently in a community space. It’s collaborative, fun, and best of all, professionals experience a productivity boost. If you’re a business owner or entrepreneur, coworking may be the bottom-line boost your business needs to survive. By the Numbers Coworking may sound like an employee-driven initiative to break the shackles of the traditional office, but it’s paying dividends for business owners. The Deskmag.com Global Coworking Survey 2012 revealed that …

What Is Your Small Business Crusade For 2014?

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What will you do to stand out above the rest in 2014?   (Draft) Some friendly advice from one of our new CoLab Members:  I am on a crusade to stop this from happening to new businesses.  I was there too at one time.  Perhaps you grew tired of your job and decided to go at it on your own.  Maybe you found yourself currently out of a job and took a big leap of faith. Whatever your motivation or reason for making the move there are some things that can help you along the way. When you first venture out, you are in what I call “hustle mode”:  No matter how much cash you start out with, you are in a race to find a client base that will be profitable and sustainable.  You need to have a profitable customer in order to make money in your business.  You …

Moving, Shaking and Making in Orlando: Meet Our New Member

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Coworking Environment For Great for An Orlando Business Tell us about yourself and your company. I’ve always been a “maker”- ever since I was a kid building LEGOs and drawing pictures.  As a graphic designer and industrial designer I use that same passion to build brands and develop products for my clients. In 2011, I founded Grey Gorilla Design as an additional creative outlet outside of my full-time job as the Director of Design at Noble Inc.  Eventually Grey Gorilla required my full attention and I’m now the sole full-time employee along with a team of trusted contractors. Where were you before CoLab? It’s been a “Green Eggs and Ham” type of situation.  I’ve worked just about everywhere- my home office, co-worker’s home offices, coffee shops, client’s offices, bars, parks… anywhere with internet. What brings you here? I worked in a corporate office setting for 10 years, so after venturing …

Coworking Statistics and Global Coworking Survey

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The movement for Coworking is an evolving concept and growing at a fast pace! People are becoming more open minded to getting out of the coffee shops and their homes to come rent a desk in a coworking community. We would love it if our members here at Colab would take this survey and give feedback on your experience here at Colab or any other coworking communities that you have worked in. Help spread the word and continue to grow this new way to work! Current survey going on: www.CoworkingSurvey.com (Please share this!)  The Facts: 50% of all coworkers access their work space around the clock 71% report a boost in creativity since joining a coworking space 62% said their standard of work had improved in a coworking space Almost 90% of coworkers report an increase in self-confidence 70% of coworkers feel healthier than they did working in a traditional office …

Bagels, Mimosas and Big Dreams for 2014

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CoLab Orlando Member Event! Meet with our new member Sabrina Covington, CPA of Covington+ Associates, CPAs and discuss as a group how we are positioning our businesses for success in the upcoming year. Bring your plans for the new year and any questions you may have. We will supply the bagels and mimosas. We are going to discuss: – What are your business goals for 2014? – How are you tracking your success? – Our favorite tools and apps to help drive small business success in 2014. We hope to see you November 7th @ 10am on the 6th floor! Learn more about Sabrina and Covington @ www.covington-cpa.com Meet our other members @ http://orlando.colabusa.com/our-members/   Please RSVP on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/events/1385512311689702/ or tweet us!  

CoLab Orlando Video — Why Working in Coffee Shops is a Pain

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Forget the stale service and try coworking in Orlando instead Ever tried working in a coffee shop? Working in a hip coffee shop sounds like a great idea. Comfy chairs, access to awesome lattes and free WiFi should make for a convenient and uber-cool place to get some work done. After all, with smart phones, tablets and powerful laptops, you have everything you need, right? WRONG! Coffee shops are more than just a cool place to hang out — they’re a business. And like any business, they make money by selling things to customers. If you take three hours to complete a project in your local shop and only buy a small cappuccino, you’re taking up valuable space that might keep other paying customers from enjoying their visit. As a result, there has been a trend of coffee shops trying to politely and gently give people like you the message: …

CoLab Orlando Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary

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Five years later, CoLab is still the perfect choice for Orlando entrepreneurs In 2008, CoLab Orlando opened up its doors in the beautiful and historic Angebilt Building in Downtown Orlando. Over the years we’ve expanded to several floors, knocked out walls, welcomed new friends and said goodbye to old ones. Through it all, we’ve wanted to provide the kind of space that would appeal to Orlando’s entrepreneurs, startups, creatives and freelancers. “At its heart, coworking is about being able to break free of the conventions of more traditional offices and making connections with people you might never have met otherwise,” says Brian Wilson, CoLab Orlando’s Community Director. “It’s an alternative to that isolation you can feel when you work at home or the limitations you sometimes meet when you work out of a Starbucks. It’s all about joining in a collaborative space where you can thrive.” CoLab was on the …

Find Great Orlando Creative Spaces at CoLab

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Network with other Orlando entrepreneurs at the Angebilt Free WiFi? Check. Free coffee? Check. Working in the coolest building in Downtown Orlando? Check! You can check all these things off your “Everything I want in an office” list if you join other Orlando entrepreneurs in what we think is the coolest creative space going at CoLab Orlando. We have some great spaces here for you to pick from — but first, our Brian Wilson,  community director always asks people: “What is most important to you?” Well, what is it? People often tell Brian that location is the No. 1 priority. “You should make sure you’re happy with the neighborhood you’re going to work in,” Brian says. “We suggest downtown Orlando!” Another response Brian hears often is, “What are the community members like?” We get rave reviews from everyone who works here, whether they come in for a desk on an …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Marianne Kirby

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Freelance writer finds inspiration in Orlando creative space By day, Marianne Kirby parks herself in a cubicle world as a tech editor. By night, Marianne pulls up a chair or a beanbag and awakens her creative side at CoLab Orlando. At the beginning of summer, Marianne joined the CoLab Lounge, a collaborative work environment where she rents the space she needs for the time it will take her to complete her next writing project. The freelance writer and aspiring novelist finds it easier to work in the Orlando creative space than, say, a coffee house or her living room. Here’s what she had to say about her CoLab experience. How did you hear about CoLab? I was familiar with the sort of general idea of coworking, so I started exploring workspaces in Orlando that didn’t have my husband, my dog and the television. I contacted Urban Rethink, and they put me …

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