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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: …

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 …

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 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 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: 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 …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Norman Yu Photography

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Orlando’s coworking space perfect for up-and-coming photographer’s business Norman Yu, 35, enjoys helping people. It’s why he became a nurse. It’s also why he became a photographer. Yu is the owner of Norman Yu Photography, a boutique photography company that specializes in weddings. Though he still has his nursing license and works as a nurse once a week, Yu fuels his passion for art and capturing special moments by taking photos. How long have you been here at CoLab? About a year and eight months. How did you hear about CoLab? It’s kind of funny. When I had just moved back from Los Angeles, I was meeting clientele at the local Starbucks and Panera. I visited a friend’s job, who’s an attorney, and I saw at his workplace that there was a central conference room and five or six attorneys working out of this office. They all worked for themselves …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Phil Calfee of MediaStormPro

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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 …

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 …

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