Monthly Archives: January 2013

Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris and Young Professionals

Yesterday was Mayor Nancy Harris’s State of the City Address, and we were thrilled to have been in attendance as well as being mentioned in her slide show! Her presentation focused on building the city to become a desirable place for Millennials (born 1982-2000) in order for growth. Faye Edmonson summed up the event perfectly on Patch.com by quoting Mayor Harris’s main points:

  • “Young professionals also want to have opportunities to become engaged in the community”
  • “Young professionals usually organize around issues rather than go to meetings on a regular basis”
  • “Today’s young people tend to be lifelong learners looking for authenticity”
  • “If we involve young people in our city, they’re going to stay here”
  • Nancy also mentioned the Work Spot in her speech by emphasizing the importance of entrepreneurs in the community: “Providing multiple earning options where young entrepreneurs can flourish, such as the Work Spot, a coworking environment, also are desirable.”

We understand the importance of collaboration, connectedness, entrepreneurship, and guess what? So do Millennials. With this in mind, we have very exciting programs  for Millennials and entrepreneurs at the Work Spot.

Our goals for 2013 coincide with Nancy Harris and the city of Duluth; we can’t wait to see local businesses grow, community involvement evolve, and for Duluth to become a hub for entrepreneurs to come for resources, support, and success.

StateoftheCityDuluth Economic Manager Chris McGahee, left, with Kristin Donaldson, who represented The Work Spot. Credit: Faye Edmundson

Coworking > Co-working

CoworkingThis just might be the shortest blog post to date.  Friendly reminder, we think it’s spelled “coworking.” :)

Check out the full conversation from DeskMag’s article, Coworking or co-working?

 

 

Business Centers vs. Coworking

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As the word “coworking” has begun to spread, and people are understanding the concept, we often hear these two phrases a lot: “So, you’re like Regus?” and “Ohh, so you’re a business center.”

We can understand where these two thoughts come from, but we wanted to get the word out and set the record straight. Deskmag also reacted to a publication from Regus that boldly defined coworking as something from the “past.” Deskmag has also written about how business centers and coworking spaces are not in competition with one another even though there are overlapping clientele.

Coworking Regus
 People can voluntarily work with one another Many corporations place employees at locations
Attracting individuals Attracting companies
Unique and culturally different locations Many standardized locations
Can be geared towards different specialties, (tech coworking, artistic coworking, women’s coworking) Not specialized
Flexibility to bring in community culture (example: local art work in shared space) Limited flexibility
Cell phones Answering service
Anything but corporate Corporatey
Happy Hour (some locations) Dry
Collaboration encouraged Grey area
Come talk to us about your needs in person Get an online quote

 

Here are just a few points, and there are many more not mentioned. Maybe we are biased, but at the end of the day coworking is awesome and we want more people to be a part of it.  Collaboration is the name of the game, no matter where it happens.

Sources:

http://www.deskmag.com/en/home-offices-increase-unproductivity-coworking-spaces-belong-to-past-640/2

http://www.unwired.eu.com/WT12/london/_review/Regus-Co-working.pdf

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