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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 …

Best Practices: Working with Interns

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Lunch and Learn:  December 18th at 12:15pm 9th floor in the Angebilt. – Want to see if hiring an intern will be best for your company? – Wondering what kind of tasks an intern can handle. – Not really sure about the best way to work with interns? – Interested in finding an intern but not sure where to start? During this Lunch and Learn there will be a round table discussion hosted by Kostya with See Magic Live,  https://www.facebook.com/SeeMagicLive He will go over how his company here at CoLab has worked with interns before and the best way to go about having interns work with your company. Lunch will be sponsored by Sweeto Burrito Florida https://www.facebook.com/SweetoBurritoFlorida Like them on Facebook! CoLab member as well Sweeto Burrito is a mobile food trailer that serves awesome burritos with flavors that are a twist on the usual american, tex-mex, and thai. They have finally come to Florida and …

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 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 …

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 …

Meet an Orlando Google Glass Explorer!

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Have you seen Google Glass yet?! Update: We had @JenVargas here at CoLab! ___________ Here at CoLab Orlando we hope to have at least 2 or 3 people with Google Glass to tell us about their experience to achieve this opportunity as well as hear about what they like most! Join us August 29th, 2013  on the 9th floor in “The Lab” at 12:30pm for a short presentation by @JenVargas! Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/209369719210473/ Email Brian@CoLabUSA.com to RSVP or with questions! (this might be a Brown bag lunch…or we might order Pizza!) Follow for us too at https://twitter.com/CoLabOrlando Learn more about Google Glass! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Glass

Coworking is a Great Solution for Orlando Entrepreneurs

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If you’re ready to join a global movement with other creative business owners, you’re ready to join CoLab Orlando Can you imagine working in an industry that showed 83% growth last year? If you worked at CoLab Orlando, you’d be doing just that. Coworking is taking off on a global level. Deskmag.com estimates there are 4.5 new coworking spaces born every workday! Their annual Global Coworking Survey, conducted this year by Deskwanted, examines how small businesses and freelancers are flocking to coworking. Let’s take a walk through the numbers, according to Deskmag.com: 110,000: Number of people worldwide who work in coworking spaces 2,500: Number of coworking spaces available around the world 245: Number of coworkers who join the movement every day 117: Percentage growth in the number of coworking members last year to this year 83: Percentage of growth in the number of coworking spaces last year to this year …

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