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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 …

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 …

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 …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Bradley Bulifant, President, GoodXGames

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Coworking environment ideal for ‘Solar Games’ project to help Haiti Imagine playing games for a living. Now, imagine playing games for a living and helping people at the same time. You’ve just imagined the professional life of GoodXGames President Bradley Bulifant, executive producer of The Solar Games and a new member at CoLab Orlando. The Solar Games is a social impact video game based on actual locations in Haiti aimed at giving gamers a unique experience while simultaneously tapping into the $67 billion gaming industry as a mechanism to fund solar electric systems for schools, medical clinics and households. Bradley has high hopes for the company to branch out and provide assistance to other parts of the globe. Anyone who would like to get in on the action can donate money through the company’s crowd-funding campaign at www.TheSolarGames.com Find out more about the game on the company’s website at www.TheSolarGames.com. Q. Tell …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Macy Zander, Field Representative, Sierra Club

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 Native Texan Macy Zander is a social butterfly who thrives on working with others. That’s what made her a perfect candidate for her job as associate organizing representative for the Protecting Florida’s Water campaign for the national nonprofit group Sierra Club, and it also made her a perfect candidate to join CoLab Orlando. Despite Central Florida’s warm climes, Macy has been known to get little chilly in her office. You may be surprised to find out what she does to combat the cold behind closed doors. Tell us about yourself and your company. I am with the Sierra Club, and I am new to this position. I’ve been in Orlando working with the club now for three-and-a-half, four months. I graduated in 2011 from Texas Christian University, where I majored in environmental science and political science and minored in biology. I worked in the Green Corps and lived in a …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Jerome Smith, Founder and Creative Director of brandEvolve

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Coworking in Orlando is perfect place for creative business Jerome Smith is loving the CoLab Orlando experience. He earned his BFA from Jacksonville University in neighboring Jacksonville, Fla., and became an art director by age 23 at an aerospace engineering firm in Rockville, Md. He soon moved on to other experiences, including corporate communications consulting for some IT/telecommunications firms and a stint in television doing graphics and animation for WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C. After some time in the tech bubble and a gig as US Creative Director of the strategy management firm Booz Allen Hamilton, Jerome launched brandEvolve in 2002. His passion is bringing skilled creative professionals from different disciplines to work together on marketing initiatives, like an elite creative unit. Tell us about yourself and your company — where you’re from, your background, what your business is about. BrandEvolve began as a boutique branding agency specializing in brand strategy and …

CoLab Orlando Celebrates March Madness with Coworking Members

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And We Have a Winner! All month long, residents have been duking it out on the ping pong and foosball table in our own CoLab style March Madness, and last week we crowned our winners! Chris Calabro from Crush Ads and Chris Stapleton from Simiosys brought their teams to victory last week and are winning the Grand Prize of $100 off next month’s rent! You probably remember Simiosys from our blog last month. Their teams MVP was Carol Porter. She can rock a foosball table! Crush Ads is made up of Florida natives Chris Calabro and Daniel Simone. Chris is the ping-pong player, and put up a tough fight in the final match against Simiosys. Even their company slogan says they’ll “Crush the Competition” and they did just that! Thanks to all who participated in our tournament and Congrats again to the winners! Think you could beat our champs? Visit …

CoLab Expands to Second Floor!

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CoLab opens new offices on the second floor, accommodates new members CoLab has opened on a new floor in the Angebilt building, adding nine offices and three cubicles to their collection of workspaces.  This will add up to a grand total of 37 offices, not including open coworking!  There are already 27 awesome companies working within CoLab, and we are excited to see else we can add to our community. Coats of paint are up, track lighting has been installed, and after a few more updates and some art get put on the wall, the floor will be ready for new residents!  Cubes start at $125 and offices at $500.  Every office has a window looking over famous Wall St. Plaza or our beautiful lobby. Plans for the new space include ping-pong, foosball, and a mini-office supply store for residents. Check the link for more pictures! Is getting your own …

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