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Posted in Uncategorized by Erik on March 19, 2010

Cowork Rochester now has a Twitter account where we’ll be feeding in all of our latest posts, be sure to follow us! If you’re a Facebooker, you can become a fan and get the latest there as well.

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Thoughts from OurSpace in Fort Wayne

Posted in Uncategorized by Erik on March 18, 2010

A couple of interesting ideas from posts on the OurSpace, a coworking facility in Fort Wayne, IN.

“Coworking is about creating a strong community.”

“Though working from home has advantages – increased autonomy and no need for a lengthy commute, for example – the solitude can sometimes drain motivation.”

“Coworking relies upon individuals to build relationships,  work together and create the better product.”

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Where Do You Work?

Posted in Uncategorized by Erik on March 4, 2010

Watching this video today made me ponder the question: do organizations like the Mayo Clinic and IBM allow their employees to work outside of the office? The few folks I know who work at IBM in other cities are primarily working from their homes so I suspect this opportunity exists, but I don’t know if it’s specific to different work units or not.

As anyone living here is aware, Rochester is a bit of a one horse town when it comes to employment. I often see groups of Mayo badge wearing folk meeting “offsite” at Starbucks, Caribou Coffee or in Peace Plaza (seasonal). I’m not familiar with Mayo’s internal structure or policies, but cross pollination of ideas and sharing is wildly beneficial for any profession, even if it’s only happening behind closed doors.

The benefits of collaboration increase the more diverse the population involved is. Would Mayo or IBM be supportive of local collaboration efforts in Rochester, or are the reins of control and limitations of regulatory compliance too tight to allow for true open collaboration?

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Coworking vs. The Home Office

Posted in Uncategorized by Erik on February 28, 2010

Interesting insight into the benefits of a coworking space vs a home office.

It’s more than just renting a desk. It’s a destination and a place that helps provide some work/life separation in a very compelling way.

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Networking Opportunities in Rochester

Posted in Uncategorized by Erik on February 24, 2010

In order to go out and connect with communities already active in Rochester, I’m compiling a list of networking opportunities for Entrepreneurs and Independents in Rochester, MN.

BNI: Business Network International is a referral exchange group, each chapter having a diverse skill set. There are a number of local chapters.

Fuel Rochester: Supported by the Rochester Chamber of Commerce geared towards young professionals.

RAEDI: Not technically a networking group.

Rochester Chamber of Commerce: Their mission, “To lead, inform, advocate and advance business interests for members; and to promote a healthy community and a growing economy.”

Rochester Entrepreneur Network: Meets monthly. Originally started by RAEDI.

Rochester Opportunity: A LinkedIn group that has just recently stopped meeting in person.

Please add groups you feel are missing in the comments.

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Co-working Plus

Posted in Uncategorized by Erik on February 8, 2010

Inc. ran an article last month about a new trend in co-working which is being dubbed Co-working plus. Co-working plus can “offer services to entrepreneurs beyond the sense of community and networking that co-working traditionally supplies.” Offering access to investors and mentoring without the traditional business incubator model that requires an application processes to gain access to resources. Taking co-working plus a slightly different way, it could be thought of  business incubator light.

The business incubator model isn’t new to this region. Owatonna has the closest incubator to Rochester I was able to locate. The Owatonna Business Incubator caters heavily to manufacturing startups. The Minnesota BioBusiness Center in downtown Rochester would be a ripe location to see a new bio-tech or technology incubator or open up.

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