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People Really Do Thrive In Coworking Spaces

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A friend recently sent me an article that originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review. In it, author Shonagh Rae explained that there is something special about coworking. She described a study that revealed some surprising findings and I thought I’d share those findings with you. People who use coworking spaces see their work as meaningful. The people we surveyed reported finding meaning in the fact that they could bring their whole selves to work. Because there is little direct competition or internal politics, they don’t feel they have to put on a work persona to fit in. Working amidst people doing different kinds of work can also make one’s own work identity stronger. Second, meaning may also come from working in a culture where it is the norm to help each other out, and coworking presents many opportunities to do so; the variety of workers in a space means that coworkers have unique skill sets that they can provide to other community members. Lastly, meaning may also be derived from a more concrete source: The social mission inherent in the Coworking Manifesto, an online document signed by members of more than 1,700 coworking spaces. It clearly articulates the values that the coworking movement aspires to, including community, collaboration, learning, and sustainability. They have more job control. Coworking spaces are normally accessible 24/7. People can decide whether to put in a long day when they have a deadline or want to show progress, or can decide to take a long break in the middle of the day to go to the gym. They can choose whether they want to work in a quiet space so they can focus, or in a more collaborative space with shared tables where interaction is encouraged. They can even decide to work from home, without repercussion, if they need to meet a repairperson or deal with a family member need. They feel part of a community. Connections with others are a big reason why people pay to work in a communal space, as opposed to working from home for free or renting a nondescript office. Each coworking space has its own vibe, and the managers of each space go to great lengths to cultivate a unique experience that meets the needs of their respective members. Importantly, however, socializing isn’t compulsory or forced. Members can choose when and how to interact with others. They are more likely to enjoy discussions over coffee in the café because they went to the café for that purpose – and when they want to be left alone elsewhere in the building, they are. And while the research found that some people interact with fellow coworkers much less than others, they still felt a strong sense of identity with the community. Researchers believe this comes from coworkers knowing there is the potential for interactions when they desire or need them. Read the entire article...

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Risky Business: Assessing Risk Management for Start Ups and Small Business

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When: September 15, 2014 4:30-6:00pm You’ve a got a strong business plan and you’re ready to seize the day, but failure to plan and prepare for loss, liability or unexpected occurrences can derail the best of business intentions. Explore a coordinated and economical application of resources to minimize, monitor and control the probability and impact of unfortunate events.   This interactive info session and Q & A will be hosted by Tony Palumbo, President and CEO of Palumbo Insurance Associates in Bel Air. With more than 35 years of experience in the insurance industry, Tony Palumbo’s track record in growing sales, revenue, net profit and revenue per person demonstrates an unyielding commitment to excellence.  Currently, Tony is building a network of Alternative Risk Transfer solutions for the Healthcare profession and is also focused on assisting Federal Government Contractors with Risk Management and insurance solutions in support of their work with the Federal Government....

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Tenax Technologies at the GroundFloor

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The GroundFloor is pleased to welcome Tamera Rush and Tenax Technologies to the GroundFloor! PRESS RELEASE: TENAX Technologies Brings New Opportunities to Harford County POC: Tamera Rush, CEO   (May 7, 2014—Harford County, Md.)– TENAX Technologies, a woman-owned small business, announced today the launch of a new local startup.  The company will focus on providing superior, professional technical support to government customers. Initially, the concentration will be on affording the best qualified staff in the areas of information technology, systems engineering, chemical and biological defense, environmental consulting and communications. As the budgets of federal government organizations continue to be tightened, more efficient technological processes must be developed. Only the most highly-skilled professionals can create these tools to ensure that efficiency is not forfeited. – “Better, faster, cheaper can be accomplished without sacrificing quality when you have the right people,” stated TENAX CEO, Tamera Rush. “There are many technology companies supporting the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) market, but most of their headquarters aren’t physically located in Harford County,” added Rush. The TENAX office will initially be located at The GroundFloor at Harford. TENAX has chosen this location because it is invested in Harford County and the County offers a plethora of available resources to leverage.  Rush said, “We’ve already participated in seminars on small business startups, funding, and leveraged several agencies available such as Small Business Technology Development Center, Harford County Office of Economic Development, the GroundFloor, Harford Business Innovation Center, Harford Community College, NMTC, and others.  We’re very fortunate to be starting up in an area that is so supportive and receptive to new businesses.” “We are pleased to have TENAX Technologies land their headquarters at the GroundFloor in Harford County.   Tamera Rush is a known business leader in our community who continues to be a major influence in the defense  arena and the community at large,” said Harford County Executive David R. Craig. “We feel there is an opportunity in the government marketplace. We see an economically challenging climate and increased requirements for small businesses,” states Rush when reflecting on the vision she has for TENAX in Harford County. Companies offering solutions in various areas of technology are found throughout the country, but particularly in areas such as APG where government contracts are regularly available for bids. TENAX, however, intends to offer an approach to technology with primary consideration being given to the employee and his or her needs. TENAX has developed a more progressive style with a unique company culture in an effort to attract and retain quality employees. Rush adds, “Our strategy will focus on keeping overhead costs in check while providing à la carte benefits to employees with a goal of employee ownership.” TENAX Technologies’ CEO, Tamera Rush, has lived in Harford County since 1997 and is well-versed in the dynamics of Federal government contracting at APG. She has served several prestigious companies as a manager and is quite familiar with the market. Rush has garnered numerous accolades from local, state, and federal agencies including Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2012; the Athena Award in 2011; and the Hammer Award from VP Al Gore in...

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Email Marketing Best Practices

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Our next event will be held May 8th, from 4:30-6:30pm.  Register at Eventbrite. When it comes to successful Email Marketing, the devil is in the details. If you are currently sending out email campaigns and not getting the desired results you were hoping for, this is the session for you. Come and learn the five Ws and one H of email marketing and discuss how incorporating these techniques into your email campaigns can help bring great results to your email marketing strategy. Topics to be covered include: WHO are you sending your email campaign to? define your audience and selectively choose your recipients. WHAT content are you sending your subscribers? determine if it is relevant to your subscribers.  (Shotgun Approach vs. Rifle Method) WHERE are you sending the emails to? determine your subscribers’ devices and send campaigns in correct format. WHEN are you sending out your campaigns? discuss the best and worst times to send out email campaigns. WHY are you sending your subscribers this message? determine, define and focus on your overall goal for the campaign HOW are you sending your emails out? pros and cons of a dedicated ESP vs. DIY sending. Presented by Matt Pramschufer. Contact Eva Hanley at 410-273-5708 for more...

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Hidden Gems – Small Business Resources

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The Hidden Gems program was a great success! Thanks to everyone who came out and all of our great presenters who did such a great job. If you weren’t able to join us, you can download the presentation at the link below. Hidden Gems

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Hidden Gems – Business Resources in the Region

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We’re kicking off our 2014 programming with this Harford’s Business Edge event on March 11 from 4pm-6pm. This is a fast-paced seminar designed to provide an overview of the many business support resources available for start-ups and entrepreneurs.  There will be time for questions and answers and one-on-one conversations with the partner organizations. This event is free to Harford’s Business Edge and GroundFloor members and $10 for non-members. Register at...

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‘Stories from the Trenches : Breaking Into Government Contracting’

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GF member Ben Vaughn shares his experiences in the startup process of business set-up, capabilities development, diversification, and growing your business base. Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 4-5pm at the GroundFloor. View Ben’s presentation.    

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Intellectual Property: License to Profit

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On September 25, 2013, from 4:15pm-5:30pm The GroundFloor presents Joy Goswami as he hosts a discussion on intellectual property. Free for all GroundFloor members, $15 fee for non-members. Contact Eva at 410-273-5708 for more information.   Joy Goswami Assistant Director – Technology Transfer Center, University of Delaware Joy Goswami is the Assistant Director of the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships at University of Delaware, where he oversees and manages a large portfolio of technology transfer activities. Among other functionalities, he is actively involved in managing the University’s intellectual property, assisting in establishing start-up and spin-off companies and bringing forth university-industry collaborations and partnerships.   Joy has more than eighteen years of experience in the field of business development and a career that has produced highly-regarded commercialization strategies and outreach practices of novel technologies in biotechnology, chemical engineering, bio-medical and the agriculture sector.  He specializes in intellectual property management, licensing, technology transfer and US patent drafting and prosecution.   Joy has Master’s degrees in Business Administration from St. Cloud State University and in Molecular Biology from the University of Delhi. He is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional; USPTO Registered Patent Agent and a recipient of the prestigious Howard Bremer Scholar conferred by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)....

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GroundFloor at Harford to attract high tech business

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Sandwiched between the lump crab cakes, the coffee shop and a place to tone up the abs, you’ll find the GroundFloor at Harford just off Pulaski Highway in Havre de Grace…. Read more:...

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