Introducing our new Community Manager, Julia Sundstrom

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At Proximity, we love coworking because it means people get to work every day surrounded by community – in coworking no one works alone. And we love our company because it means we get to work every day with our team in community. We’ve got some pretty amazing, creative, innovative, and downright cool people here at Proximity and we are grateful that we get to do what we love every day with them, together. Today we’re excited to introduce our newest teammate, FACTORY’s Community Manager, Julia Sundstrom.

Julia is a proud CMU alumni, community dreamer, Instagram fanatic, communicator, photographer, and a people person. She believes community happens in the moment through shared experiences from the collaborative spirit of coworking, connecting over a cup of coffee, bending over backward for each other or always being willing to listen. Julia love’s the vibrant community of dreamers and entrepreneurs. Her favorite part about Proximity is how everyone deeply cares about each individual, lives by the motto ‘work hard and play harder,’ and plans to change the workforce ecosystem. Julia recently graduated from Colorado Mesa University in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Strategies & Applications and a minor in Business Entrepreneurship. Throughout her school career, Julia participated on student-lead newspapers at Grand Junction High School and CMU. During college, Julia volunteered as a YoungLife leader by mentoring middle school girls and worked as a barista for Kiln Coffee Bar. Julia is a lover of sunshine, flower arrangements, coffee, photography, spontaneous adventures, wine, art history, starry nights, tacos, listening to records and an eye for good design. Julia’s spirit animal is a golden retriever. Come on down, and find out why.

Tax Cuts & Jobs Act Presentation by Chadwick, Steinkirchner, Davis & Co., P.C.

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Thank you to Jorge Pantoja and Tara Stauffer from Chadwick, Steinkirchner, Davis & Co., P.C.  for the wonderful presentation today for FACTORY’s Lunch & Learn. The information they shared about the changes in the tax law was so helpful!

Visit our Facebook page to see the live recording of the presentation and follow along with these helpful documents.

 

Tax cuts & jobs act presentation

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ORC + FACTORY

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Most are familiar with the analogy of rowing together in the same direction. It’s pretty simple, if everyone in the boat rows together, in the same direction, the party gets to their destination a lot faster. This is exactly what Western Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Coalition did. They set goals, created a narrative, got involved locally, and worked together to define outdoor recreation as a major player in Western Colorado’s economy.

 

Last night at FACTORY After Hours, we heard from Outdoor Recreation representatives Robin Brown, Christi Reece, Sarah Shrader, and Randy Miller. During this conversation it became evident that outdoor recreation is an important economic driver for Western Colorado and it is here to stay. It not only generates work for other industries and contributes to a higher quality of life, but also has the ability to provide a lot of really great, high-paying jobs.

 

The highlight—we have everything we need in Grand Junction for a vibrant outdoor recreation economy: business support, manufactures, quality of life, public lands, and more. The next step is to keep this positive narrative going, attract the right kind of people/business owners, and enjoy the positive impact that outdoor recreation has on our local economy.

 

Missed the conversation? View it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/factorycoworking/

 

Interested in the resources from the discussion: Outdoor Recreation Coalition, View the North Star Report,  Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, Grand Junction Key Industries

 

A big thanks to our speakers: Robin Brown of GJEP, Sarah Shrader of Bonsai Design, Randy Brown of Vitality Films, and Christi Reece of The Christy Reece Group.

 

LAUNCH = FACTORY = Proximity

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Community development is a funny thing. It’s exciting, scary, punishing, rewarding, slow and fast all at the same time. It’s also multidimensional—often there are multiple entities working towards the same or similar goals. 

When we started LAUNCH West CO, it didn’t take long before we realized that we weren’t the only people in Western Colorado passionate about making our communities better. In the 2014/15 winter season, we saw the formation of the GJ Tech Meetup and Western Colorado Creative Professionals (both now a part of LAUNCH), Proximity Space and LAUNCH. 

By October of 2015, several communities in Western Colorado, led by community drivers in Montrose, Mountain Village and Grand Junction, held the first regional Startup Weekend to take place on our side of the state, and it was a huge success. It was also a harbinger of what was to come.

That event brought together Proximity Space and LAUNCH in a new way, and we knew we’d be fast friends. Proximity Space had built a coworking space and was quickly filling it with an amazing community. LAUNCH had built a stunning community of entrepreneurs and it became obvious Grand Junction needed a coworking space—thus the birth of FACTORY in beautiful Downtown GJ. Through it all our paths kept converging. 

It would have been easy to strike out separately, each doing our own things, but where’s the fun in that? Before FACTORY even opened, it was clear that Proximity had the best solution for managing your coworking space and LAUNCH had the best solution for connecting a diverse and spread-out community. We knew we wanted FACTORY to be built on the Proximity platform, but the more we worked together, the more it became clear that we shouldn’t simply partner our companies, we should move forward as one company.

It’s 2018 now and since November, Proximity Space, Inc. has been the parent company for Proximity Space, FACTORY & LAUNCH. By merging our companies and our assets, we have secured our ability to drive community growth in Western Colorado and beyond for years to come. It also means that members of FACTORY can go to Proximity Space in Montrose or Ridgway whenever they want, and vice versa.

But it has left us with the question of what to do with LAUNCH? It has been a foundational name within Grand Junction for years and while that is important, we think that LAUNCH has become synonymous with FACTORY and FACTORY is Proximity. It’s already a bit of a marketing challenge to own three coworking spaces, two named one thing and one named another. Keeping the LAUNCH brand in the mix is too confusing.

And in reality, FACTORY has become the hub for LAUNCH activity in Grand Junction, so the transition feels natural. And because the Proximity brand reaches throughout Western Colorado and beyond, the LAUNCH network will reach farther than ever before.

So, with that in mind, we are putting the LAUNCH brand to rest as the community builder in Western Colorado, and focusing on our core properties Proximity Space and FACTORY. When you hear either of those names, you can know it is the same community that LAUNCH originally represented, doing the same things—just much bigger now!

In fact, because our network is larger than just the three coworking spaces we own, the Proximity Community represents coworkers in almost 150 spaces across 30 states and three countries! That’s a lot of people! 

So without further ado, thank you for being a part LAUNCH and welcome to FACTORY — A Proximity Space!

And don’t forget to check out our events page to stay up to date with what’s going on around here!

Josh Hudnall & Brian Watson & the entire Proximity Team

Weekend Update 4/21/17

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#westslopebestslope, Community, Eric Landis, Factory, Grand Junction Film Festival, SBDC, Spintertainment

Friday is here again. I am especially excited for this weekend as I am going to go see one of my favorite bands play this evening. I wanted to take a moment and write a little bit, about what has been happening at FACTORY. This week was not the most exciting for actually having events at FACTORY but was a great week for planning. We have some wonderful events and programs coming up that will be posted next week. So stay tuned for some really great things like Lunch and Learn and SBDC drop in hours and training classes.

Last week was fun as I attended Launch West COs  Beer and Business event where Eric Landis spoke about the creation, struggle, and success of his company Spintertainment. Eric wanted to do something different. He wanted to innovate how mountain bike spin training was being done. He wanted a new kind of experience, one that was fun and exciting just like riding down his favorite mountain bike trail. But how? Eric was ambitious and set out to make a new kind of spin video. At first, he failed, or did he? Eric took his initial efforts and learned from them about the great effort that it would take to produce the quality of product he wanted to make.

I gained a valuable lesson from Eric as he spoke about his failures and what he learned from them. It was that in order to become a successful entrepreneur we must be able to accept our failures not as failures but as opportunities to learn and grow.

Eric’s failures did not keep him down. He came back more prepared and ready to make another attempt. Again, he learned and grew. Eric at this point realized that in order to make his product the best it could be that he would need to work with experts in film and music. Eric himself being very well adept in the technology world from managing his own sound system installation company, All Sounds Design. But, by working with other professionals he was able to produce a video that was to the quality he wanted. Eric still faced challenges and wanted to improve his product even more. His desire for quality and functionality is what continued to drive him. He went to trade shows, shared his product with everyone he could, he met with athletes and demoed his product in spin classes that he instructed himself. Eric continued to perfect his product based on feedback and through his increased understanding of how to edit graphics and content.

What Eric has developed is a stunning functional product that is unlike anything else on the market. His mountain biking spin videos take you on an adventure through trails that are right here in the Grand Valley and the Western Slope. #WestSlopeBestSlope. His perseverance paid off and his attention to detail and willingness to learn from his failures has allowed him to produce the quality product that he wanted. We have been given a gift, a wild ride, and something truly beautiful, functional, and entertaining.

To learn more about Eric and his company visit Spintertainment.com.

In other news, construction continues this week at FACTORY with lots of banging, clanking, and saws cutting. Those are good things because it means that the front door is getting closer to being open. I know that many of you have asked and continue to ask when the door will be open. I will tell you that it will be open when it opens. But things are moving right along, progress is being made and it won’t be long.

I want to end this blog post by reminding everyone that the Grand Junction Film Festival is coming up on May 5. I am really excited about the film festival. This is something new and exciting for Grand Junction. For the first time we will be bringing together filmmakers from across the valley. The event will be open and free. It will be a place for filmmakers to meet one another, network, and collaborate. A first of its kind, the festival will be a time of sharing and celebration, and let’s not forget that it is just downright cool. Having the film and animation community here and providing a space for them to get together is just awesome. It is truly, what FACTORY is all about… Community.

Beer and Business

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Beer and Business, Factory, Networking, Spintertainment

Join us for a great night together with other entrepreneurs, developers, and designers in the area. This group is focused on tech startups and general entrepreneurship.

This month we will be learning about Spintertainment

Spintertainment is a mountain biking spin video series started by Eric Landis. For the last several years Eric has been filming mountain biking trails all over the region. This process has been a huge learning experience, and Eric will be talking to us about the ups and downs of starting his new venture.

AGENDA

6:00 – 6:30pm

BEER AND NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS WILL BE PROVIDED
Grab a drink and mingle!

6:30 – 7:00pm
Eric Landis will be speaking about his venture Spintertainment- mountain biking spin videos! 

7:00 – 8:00pm
More Networking!

Grand Junction Film Festival

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Call for proposals, Collaboration, Community, Creativity, Film, Film Festival, Grand Junction

“We have set out to start a film festival here in Grand Junction to bring together the community to celebrate and showcase local artistry and creativity in film.
The festival will be held on May 5, 2017 at 7:00pm located at 750 Main Street. We will start the evening with local films and end the event with a screening of the 2008 film GRAND JUNCTION, written and directed by Freddy F. Hakimi.
We would like to invite you to submit any film(s) you would like to have shown at the festival (this also includes animations). The event will be informal and so we are also inviting any who submit a film to briefly talk about their work after it is shown, if they would like to. There is no submission fee, and please feel free to submit more than one film. All we ask is that the content not be over a PG-13 rating.
If you would like to submit, please email Marcie at marcie@kaartgroup.com.
Thank you so much! We hope to see you and celebrate with an evening of local film.”

SBDC Drop in Coaching

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Coaching, Consulting, Entrepreneur, Factory, Grand junction Business Incubator, Help, SBDC, Small Business, Startup

Whats happening?

The Grand Junction Business Incubator and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting drop In days for one-on-one business consulting  at Factory.

 

The SBDC is offering:

  • Free, one-on-one coaching
  • Access to management, technical and other professionals who can apply their expertise to assist you.
  • Focus on your business progress with the aid of your own “Business Coach.”
  • Learn how to avoid common pitfalls in starting, growing, buying, or selling a business.
  • Discover new ways to improve your business marketing, accounting, manufacturing, customer service or administrative functions.
  • Assistance in establishing realistic business goals and objectives.
  • Free loan coaching to help you with your overall business financing plan, including loan packaging assistance, SBA and other government loan considerations, and expert advice on how to approach a lender.

 

Who’s going to be there?

The one on one coaching will be provided by Julie Morey. Julie was  raised by an entrepreneur in Moab, Utah, Julie grew up around family-owned businesses including skating rinks, sanitation services and telecommunications companies. She obtained her business degree through Mesa State College’s School of Professional Studies, has owned two businesses and has been Director of the Grand Junction Small Business Development Center (SBDC) since 1995. Julie was recipient of the Colorado Small Business Development Centers State Star Award in 2009 and her program ranked number one in economic impact among the 14 Colorado SBDC programs in 2012.

 

When is it happening?

  • Coaching Sessions will be 1 hour long each.
  • Friday, May 5 From 9 am to 12 noon. There will be 3 appointment slots available.
  • Wednesday, May 17 from 1 to 4 pm. There will be 3 appointment slots available

 

How do I sign up?

To secure a one on one coaching time slot please register through the SBDC registration page and be sure to mention Factory as your preferred location

Go Code Colorado April 7-9

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accountants, april, Code, colorado, designers, Factory, Go, marketers, programmers, Startups

Factory is Hosting Go Code Colorado April 7 – 9. Go Code Colorado is a statewide competition where teams use public data to improve business in Colorado. Participants spend three days creating an app or website that helps businesses increase profits, boost efficiency and/or make better decisions.
This event is for anyone interested in entrepreneurship and startups; programmers, designers, marketers, accountants … everyone.

Registration is free, and the grand prize is $25,000.

Where: Factory Coworking 
When: Friday, April 7th starting at 6:00pm
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