Weekend Update 4/21/17

News and updates

#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

Events

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

Events

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

Events

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

Events

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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RSVP Here

Friday Afternoon club

Events

Greetings Factory community! Are you ready for the weekend? Before you take off on your adventures be sure to join us for the Friday Afternoon Club here at Factory. The Friday Afternoon Club or FAC is a time when you can get to know other Factory members and enjoy a cold one. Starting at 4:30 on Fridays we encourage you to come out and meet other Factory members. Hear what other people are working on, share your own thoughts, debate, delight, drink, and socialize. The FAC is a place where you can shoot the breeze, get into deep conversations, or just listen and enjoy. Come join us this Friday for the Friday Afternoon Club

Let us know your coming through Eventbrite

See you there!

Grand Opening – Friday, February 24

Events, News and updates

We are thrilled to announce Factory’s Grand Opening on Friday, February 24th.  When we officially open the doors on Grand Junction’s only coworking space, you’ll find a warm, collaborative community, a bright and pleasant place to work, and, most importantly for some of you, 1gig internet speed.  We’re actually open now – we’ve worked out the kinks – so if you’re already interested, come down to 750 Main St (the entrance is on the 8th St side) and check out Factory.  If you want to wait until the Grand Opening, we’ll see you then!

FACTORY Is Coming!

News and updates

Welcome to FACTORY!

You have no idea how long we’ve waited to say that!

What we’re really saying is welcome to your new community hub in the Grand Valley. FACTORY is a new coworking space in Downtown Grand Junction, designed from the start for developers, graphic designers, writers, inventors, leaders and anyone else who needs a place to work.

Coworking is about more than getting work done, though. It’s about connection. It’s about innovation and serendipity. The workplace of the 21st century is all about collaboration. The idea that we’re all better together than apart.

That’s what FACTORY is! All of that and more.

So, where are we at?

In a word? Construction! We’re tearing down and rebuilding like crazy. Drive by and you can see what’s going on.

FACTORY is going into the ground floor of 750 Main St. Downtown. It’s a really cool building, but it needs some updates. That’s what’s happening now. Right now, as we speak. The front of the building is being redone to open it up and add giant windows because we love sunlight. And the main entrance is getting a makeover too. And at the same time, we’re gutting the inside to make the perfect space for you to set up shop.

Our contractors tell us we can open in October. So we’re busy buying furniture, TVs, projectors, speakers, lights, plants and all of the other things we need to make FACTORY a place you want to spend all of your time.

For your viewing pleasure, here are some conceptual renderings of what we’re aiming for. It’ll change here and there, but the vision is to make a genuinely comfortable and enticing space where creativity and productivity are easy to find.