I have not blogged in awhile on this platform because I have a new daily grind that is keeping me busy. My father and I have decided to start a creativity consulting business. We are both going to continue to work full time while building this business (we are in the VERY early stages). Thus, I have been spending a good portion of my free time working on building our new venture. Although my new grind means worker hard and longer hours, it feels so good to have made the choice to chase my dream.
To help with this project, I recently joined the IC CoLab. This is a co-working space in Iowa City. It is sponsored by a combination of the city, the university, and local businesses. It is a space where people who are starting a business or have small business can work in the same space to collaborate and share resources. The membership includes printing, copying, access to conference rooms, and even coffee! There is always something going on at the CoLab, they have meetups, lectures, and networking events to help connect the startup community. I have a moonlighting membership which means that I work on nights and weekends.
Here are a few shots I took on my phone of the front lobby and the community style tables.
The Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) group is housed out of the CoLab and works with members to help them grow their businesses. This is what makes the CoLab different from many other co-working spaces. The development group works with its tenants to provide them with guidance and connect them to resources.
As the website for the CoLab describes.
"We’ve toured coworking facilities across the country to help create the best facility for this area. With the help of partners from around the region, we are creating something special. These coworking spaces are the only ones in the nation operated by an economic development group. What does that mean to you? It means having the support and structure of a team committed to the success of the space, the advancement of this region, and the growth of your company. Our profit is the growth and strength of our region. The bottom line is you."
I have only been at the CoLab for two weeks and already have learned so much and met some great people. I am proud that I made the decision to join and work on something I love.