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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 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 …

Virginia editor finds coworking refuge at CoLab Orlando

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Christine Schirr of OtterCorrect says CoLab Orlando was the perfect temporary solution Christine Schirr, founder and lead editor at OtterCorrect, a Virginia-based writing and editing business, found herself in sunny Orlando for a few weeks in need of a place to perch her laptop. Schirr’s company provides writing and editing services for a variety of clients, giving her the flexibility to work anywhere. After she landed in Orlando, she was working in the solitude of a friend’s home. But that environment lacked the social interaction and constant caffeine drip that a creative person needs for peak performance. That’s when she decided to set up temporary shop at CoLab Orlando, a coworking community in the heart of Orlando. She talked to us recently about her experience here: How did you hear about CoLab? I heard about it because I knew that there were similar resources available in other cities, so I …

CoLab Orlando lets you cowork around the world

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Coworking exchange program lets members work around the globe You’re an Orlando-based graphic designer who usually works out of one of the funky, fun coworking spaces at CoLab Orlando but your friends want to take a girls trip in California’s wine country. They work in the world of cubicles and paid vacation time. You are a self-employed, one-woman dynamo, meaning time off is money lost. But it doesn’t have to be that way. CoLab is a member of the International Coworking Visa program. (This is the very active growing Wiki page HERE) The forward thinkers of CoLab Orlando have partnered with many coworking spaces across the United States and in dozens of countries around the globe. This offers CoLab community members the opportunity to set up temporary shop even if it’s just for a few hours, a whole day or longer (with some limitations, depending on the location). Time away …

CoLab Orlando Combats Loneliness With Coworking

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Studies show coworking spaces like CoLab Orlando can make you more productive The environment at CoLab Orlando combats one of the most taxing drags on employee productivity and efficiency, a situation characteristic of the old-fashioned cubicle world: plain and simple loneliness. Employees are cut off from the knowledge and stimulation of their fellow workers, which could be harnessed and applied – if only they saw each other! Loneliness isn’t depression or solitude. It’s an isolation from, well, everything! In Cubicle World, the whole company takes a hit when it comes to the notion of employees talking together, thinking together, bouncing ideas off one another, sharing fresh points of view – in other words, being a vibrant company instead of a group of workers who are all islands, left to stew in their own juices, build resentments over this and that and generally fall into a rut of negativity. Throw in …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Kate Martin, Executive Director, Bridges of Light Foundation

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No stranger to nonprofit work, former attorney loves meeting new people in Orlando’s coolest coworking space Sometimes at CoLab Orlando, the teams remain the same, but the players change. Such is the case with Bridges of Light Foundation, which has been with CoLab Orlando for about three years but recently hired a new executive director. Kate Martin, a former attorney, is enjoying her first experience working in downtown Orlando’s coolest coworking space. A married mother of two 6-year-old fraternal twin girls and a 12-year-old miniature schnauzer, Kate is an active athlete; she’s been known to swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles — on the same day. Tell us about yourself and your company. At Bridges of Light, we tutor and mentor children who are in foster care or are at-risk to help improve their educational performance in school. We also help support them as they attend …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Chris Calabro of Crush Ads

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A ‘cool’ coworking environment in Orlando helps Chris Calabro build better business relationships   Chris Calabro is senior affiliates manager with Crush Ads, a firm that works with advertisers and marketers. Although the company is based in Boca Raton, Chris has his own office in CoLab Orlando. He recently shared some of his experiences with us through an email interview. Tell us about yourself and your company. I’m originally from Pennsylvania, but I moved to Orlando back in January of 2009. I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2005 with my BS in sports management. I started working in my industry (affiliate marketing) back in 2008 and have been at it ever since. My current company, Crush Ads, is actually located down in Boca Raton, but I have my own office here in Orlando at CoLab. To simply explain what we do is: We play the middle man between …

CoLab Orlando Welcomes New Community Director

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Wilson brings coworking experience to help grow CoLab Orlando’s community (Update – as seen TV) Our CoLab Orlando members have likely seen a new face in the hallways. It’s Brian Wilson, CoLab’s new community director. Brian has experience in coworking, having spent time at a coworking space in Portland, Ore., and he already plans to help grow our community. Tell us about yourself. I’m originally from New Jersey, and I graduated from Ramapo College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Contemporary Arts. After college, I got a job at Walt Disney World, where I worked on and off for three years as a cast member and front desk trainer. I later moved to Portland, Ore., because I fell in love with the city once during a vacation. While I was there, I worked at a coworking space for a year and a half. When did you first …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: James Krawczyk of Krawczyk, LLC

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Graphic designer enjoys great location, value of downtown Orlando coworking space   James Krawczyk loves to express his creative side through his work. His grandfather was an illustrator, and his father worked as a designer and owns his own ad agency. James remembers skipping his high school classes to work on projects with his dad. James owns his own graphic design firm, Krawczyk, LLC, and works on everything from logos to print to website design. In his spare time, he publishes a digital wakeboarding magazine called Wake Journal. He’s also one of our awesome members. How did you hear about CoLab? It was through a Craigslist ad. I was looking for office space downtown. I was working from my home for five years and my wife and I recently had a child. I wanted to come up with a plan to work outside of the house. The CoLab here is …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Windy McCarty of LifeShare Management Group, Inc.

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Downtown coworking space gives Windy a chance to interact with members of other professions Windy McCarty enjoys her job. She’s director of LifeShare Management Group, Inc., a New Hampshire-based agency that provides residential support, respite services, vocation rehabilitation and other services to people with disabilities. She also loves CoLab Orlando and her corner office here. It’s cozy, she says, and has a great view of the Orange County Regional History Center. She enjoys the camaraderie and interaction she has with other members. “I’m here a lot so it’s like my second home,” she says. Tell us about yourself. I’ve been working with LifeShare Management Group, Inc. for about 3 ½ years. Our whole mission is to help people have as much independence and freedom as possible. We try to help get people out of institutions and get them into the community. How did you get interested in this field of …

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