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 business network, he says.

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Phil Calfee (left) with Jesse Long and Victoria Sedova at MediaStorm Productions in Orlando.

How long have you been at CoLab Orlando?

 One year.

How did you hear about CoLab?

I found out about CoLab through Craigslist, which I think is a great tool for finding offices. I was looking for something downtown that was close to my house; I wanted a short commute. CoLab is a great location and it’s perfect for me. I’m able to ride my bike to work or even walk when it’s cool enough outside. It’s affordable and I was able to move right in. If I want to expand, I’d be able to move into another office. Not to mention, all the extra amenities are great like the free conference room and the coffee.

What made you want to use a coworking space?

The networking opportunity really sold me on that idea. They already have a great location and affordable office space, so that was really icing on the top for me. I like the networking. Already, I’ve started developing relationships here with different companies.

What’s your favorite part about working downtown?

The proximity to where I live. There’s no real commute and I really have more time in my day to relax more. Just to have that extra hour every day to myself and not driving is great.

What makes working at CoLab Orlando so great?

CoLab helps to increase your business network. It’s a great place to grow your business.

Colab Orlando provides a collaborative and creative workspace with enhanced services for local startups and businesses looking to grow and be challenged. Want to see for yourself? We’ll gladly give you a tour of our available spaces. Visit orlando.colabusa.com for more information.