Monthly Archives: December 2012

10 Reasons you should book your next event at The Work Spot

Training Room

Ok guys, it’s no secret that we have space to rent by the hour or the day. Presenting our 3 options:

1) Meeting Room
2) Conference Room
3) Training Room

Here are 10 reasons why we are more awesome than the other event places:

1) Overhead projector, and all AV connectors included:

Some places charge you to use their equipment in their rental space. Not us! We want to give you as many freebies as possible. We have all AV connectors for Macs and PCs so all you have to remember is to bring your laptop!

2) Free Wi-fi

Yeah, we said it.

3) Coffee Shop next door

Chocolate Perks is located right next to us. Caffeine makes every event better, face it.

4) Ambiance

Our art filled training room provides creativity to even the most non-creative person in corporate America. All of our art is by local artists. We also have a fun orange wall in our training room that can make anyone smile!

5) Free parking… oh and a park right across the street

Don’t you hate going to events and find out parking isn’t included? Parking is always free and we are located right on Main Street in historic Duluth. We are also right across our gorgeous town park area.

6) We can fit 30 comfortably.

Depending on your event and room layout, we can fit around 30 people comfortably in the training room. That’s a lot of people.

7) Price, duh!

Yeah $50 an hour is a steal! And guess what… if you’re a Work Spot member it’s only $25 an hour. Take THAT hotel room rental prices, bam!

8) White board and markers

We know you love to doodle, and we have 16 foot long white board and markers for your enjoyment.

9) We help you promote it

If you have an event in our space, we will post it as an event on our Facebook page and mention it to our members in our weekly newsletter.

10) Cause you want to grow your business

Hosting an event or training session will boost brand awareness, and give you cool points.

Intern- or no Intern that is the question…

The Work Spot has just completed another successful semester with a super-duper sharp intern. Many businesses often find interns to be very helpful, but how do you know if this will be the right fit for you and your business?

  • Do you have time? Interns take a lot of hands on effort, especially in the beginning. Time out your work week and see how many hours a week you can commit to your intern before you even start the search.
  • Have a syllabus. Most schools require the intern to turn in a syllabus prepared by the company of the tasks and duties that will be taking place.  Write the backbone, or main points once to save you time in the future, and then adapt the syllabus on a case-by-case basis depending on the strengths of your intern.
  • Do not just get an intern to get coffee or file papers. This relationship needs to be mutually beneficial.
  • When he/she starts their internship, find out about their hobbies, classes they are taking, and academic strengths. Build a solid relationship.
  • You can often learn from them. Today’s intern generation is super savvy with technology. For example, maybe there is a mobile application that can help with organization that you don’t know about?
  • Give your intern assorted tasks, feedback, a task that he/she can complete from beginning to end.  Let them know the importance of their work and make them feel part of the team.

An intern is a win-win and you could be building company loyalty which could create a great future employee. Get creative, don’t be afraid to take a student under your wing, and encourage your intern to share their future successes with you even when their time with you is done. And remember, HAVE FUN!

If you would like to learn more about getting an intern or resources to find one email us and we’ll be happy to chat with you.

Ready. Set. Launch! 7 Points to Consider When Starting Your Business

On November 30th we had the pleasure of attending an inspiring and informative event geared towards entrepreneurs.  It was presented by Chevon Hines, a driven and passionate young woman who graduated with her undergrad in May 2012. She had the vision to start her own company and she did; this was the first event she put on as Chevon Hines Enterprises.

The event was a panel of 4 experts who had the experience and wisdom necessary to guide and advice new business owners.

So whether you are a recent startup or have been in business for 20 years, the panel of experts shared some very helpful advice that can benefit everyone.

  • OK, so you have your big idea. Before you write a business plan, write a position paper, this should cover a few vital points: (1) What’s the problem in the industry? (2) What’s different about you? (3) Why does this difference matter?   This is helpful to know before you hit the road running to see that your product/service is actually needed in the industry.
  • Do you have an innovative idea? Someone’s going to catch up to you. Have a strategic plan to deal with it when it happens and a plan to keep moving forward.
  • What is your end result? A panelist said that that he asked this question to many new business owners and they didn’t have a clue. Are you trying to eventually sell it? Have it acquired?  There are only a few options, so pick one for now and work it.
  • Understand  the legalities of your business, this can help you avoid a lot of future headaches.
  • Have an operating agreement with your co-owners. Get it out of the way in the beginning and this will also help you avoid more potential future headaches.
  • One of the panelists invests in new businesses, when asked what he looks for in a person to invest with, he responded: “Does this person have passion, optimism, and character? Do I trust you as a business person, and do I believe in the value you are bringing to the customer?”
  • Learn profit and loss statements. Even if you are not dealing with lots of the financial statements, you should know when and how you are making money within your business.

Whatever you are doing to start/grow your business just know you are not alone, and there are countless resources for you. Stop by The Work Spot and find out how you can tap into some our resources to help you accelerate your business. We have a lot of exciting things happening and we want to collaborate with you!