On January 8, The Raleigh Forum will be hosting another brown bag lunch at HUB Raleigh and I’m leading it! I’ll be discussing tips and tools for increasing your productivity online, which is perfect, because I am a self-proclaimed productivity junkie!
Brown bag lunches are back at HUB Raleigh! Our brown bag lunches are hour-long skill-based sessions that are open to the community. They are designed around one topic and led by a local expert.
Brown bag lunches are a fantastic way to share your expertise and expand your personal and professional brand. We will promote your name and/or your company name and ask that you in turn promote the brown bag lunch to your networks through our Eventbrite link.
Brown bag lunches take place at HUB Raleigh at 12pm on Tuesdays. Currently, the open dates are Dec 11, Dec 18, Jan 15, Jan 29, Feb 12, and Feb 26.
Interested in leading any of the following presentations? Email us!
- How to Write and Submit Press Releases
- Twitter 101
- Google Hacks & Tips
- Business Law 101
- How to Thrive in Collaborative Environment
- Networking 101
- Research 101
- How to Incorporate Social Responsibility Into Your Business
- Tools & Tips for Increasing Your Productivity
- Personal Branding & Online Reputation Management
- Stress Management
Or are you knowledgeable about another topic? We’re open to ideas!
On Friday, August 31st, we cleaned out the remaining items from 208 S Wilmington St and turned our keys into the leasing office. The emotions of the transition hit us at different times.
Sara Rose felt it on Friday afternoon as we surveyed the empty space and thought back on the excitement we felt as we walked into the space for the first time as coworking space owners.
Cristina felt it on Saturday morning, as the reality sunk in that we could no longer say we owned a downtown coworking space.
The first time we walked into the space in May of 2011, it was unfinished but we could see its potential instantly. In our minds, we plotted where the white desks and comfy chairs would go, where we would put the kitchenette area, and which of the walls would be painted with whiteboard paint. We knew that if we were going to run a coworking space, it had to be out of this office.
We vividly remember the excitement of getting our keys, seeing the space painted green, and watching as our first coworker, Heather Allen, signed her coworking contract.
We remember realizing that our leasing document read “Roman-Empire” because we, Roman Co LLC, were renting space from Empire Properties.
We remember painting the whiteboard wall the night before we opened and laughing as Sara Rose’s head accidentally bumped the wet paint (her friends thought she was going grey but thankfully it’s back to normal now).
We remember our “Bring a Screwdriver, Get a Screwdriver” party, where friends and coworkers brought us a Philips head screwdriver, helped us assemble our furniture, and were rewarded with mimosas (almost like a screwdriver!).
We remember our open coworking day, where every seat in the house was filled. And wouldn’t you know, our fire alarm went off on our most crowded day.
We remember the ongoing battle over the Foursquare mayorship, which was awarded to J King White but ultimately stolen by Sara Rose.
We remember filming the #TRFLovesIt music video- a week and a half of lyric brainstorming, filming, and editing with Tyler Helikson, Heather Allen, J King White, Jon Leonardo, Derrick Minor, Corey Woodard, Bo Hargrove, Elisabeth Holby, and Travis Hager. It took Sara Rose and Cristina about 20 takes for their 20 second segment of the video, but the blooper reel is well worth the wasted time (though Tyler may not agree!).
We remember practicing our British accents with our token international coworker, David. We hope he still owns the Tea and Crumpets book we bought for him because we still have the postcards he mailed to us during his travels abroad.
We remember laughing over the hilarious and vulgar paragraph that Brad emailed to us when we asked our coworkers to submit bios. We’ll also never forget laughing of the pictures of him as a teenager or listening to his rap songs and quoting the lyrics to him in random conversations.
We’ll remember cracking up with Jamey and his wife about defining the relationship talks and telling Jamey we were leaving him in charge of the space when he was the only one there.
We remember countless visits to Wilmoore Cafe for coffee, Raleigh Times for PBR and pork nachos, and Spize Cafe to pick up brown bag lunches. We’ll always celebrating our six month anniversary happy hour at The Hive with several of our coworkers and friends.
And despite the alcohol that flowed, we’ll certainly never forget our red carpet themed Raleighwood party, our bigger-than-anticipated New Year’s Eve party (or the next day clean-up!), and our beer pong networking event.
We’ll never forget celebrating Sara Rose’s November birthday, complete with pumpkin whoopie pies, during a brown bag lunch or celebrating Cristina’s July birthday with charades one evening.
We’ll never forget watching Heather nap sitting upright at her desk with her turtleneck pulled over her face or joking that Cristina was the den mother for the 10 rowdy guys working from the space.
We’ll never forget Friday at 5, The Walter Lane Project, or meeting the many individuals who walked through our doors for a visit, a day pass, or an event.
We’ll never forget spinning in the desk chairs and then attempting to walk, nor will we forget the hilarity and strangeness that ensues when you sell 12 chairs and 12 desks to strangers on Craigslist.
These moments and many more made the past year an incredible one. We learned so much about ourselves and running a small business. We want to thank everyone who made it a tremendous year and stuck by our sides as as we learned the ins and outs of operating a coworking space.
We learned, we laughed, we cried, and oh yes- we worked too
We know working with HUB Raleigh will bring its own crazy, funny, and bittersweet moments with it, so we’re excited for what we call our “new year.”
I wish I was drinking coffee and doing work by the pool!
Apologies for my silence lately! Life has been hectic (but good!) lately and drafting blog posts has taken a backseat for a few days.
Since the announcement of The Raleigh Forum joining forces with HUB Raleigh, my days have been full of emailing potential coworkers, managing social media for The Raleigh Forum and HUB Raleigh, attending meetings, clearing out our email inbox (from 597 emails to a big ZERO. Best feeling!), getting effective processes in place…oh, and babysitting, working 40 hours in recruiting, running the membership committee for Change the Triangle, keeping up with exercising and eating healthy, and being a 23 year old.
No complaints- I love the adrenaline of several intense weeks of work fueled by iced coffee, ethnic food, and the occasional episode of Bachelor Pad to reclaim my sanity (but why oh why is Jamie gone?! That girl made the show!).
This weekend I’m off to Wilmington for a bachelorette party for Lauren. My sister is the maid of honor in her wedding and she’s like a big sister to me- she even came to my graduation. We have a few surprises in store, so I’m excited to post more on that next week! If you have any ideas to make the weekend spectacular, leave a comment or tweet me!
I just got back from a press conference with the mayor and I am so excited to write this post as the adrenaline dies down a bit!
Remember last May when I blogged about sister entrepreneurship? Later in May, my sister and I started discussing the possibility of opening a coworking space. We signed a lease and got our keys to the space at the beginning of August. We opened in September and met some of the coolest coworkers we could have imagined. And this May, we were approached about the possibility of collaborating in some capacity with a new coworking space. Given that our one year anniversary was approaching, we figured it was an ideal time to reassess our model and examine our strengths and limitations. After a lot of thought, we decided that we felt it was the right time for a big change.
And now it’s official! On Monday, my sister and I signed papers to join forces with HUB Raleigh, an awesome coworking space that is opening on September 15. We will be bringing our community to the new space, promoting The HUB through marketing initiatives, and running community-based events (remember our awesome Raleighwood party?!).
The timing of meeting the founders was strangely coincidental, but we believe that everything happens for a reason. We are so excited about the change and our new roles; it feels like the right move. Best of all, we’ll both be able to continue to balance our other jobs with our continued interest in promoting collaboration, community, and entrepreneurship in Raleigh.
Do you ever wonder if the people behind the blogs you read really disclose everything about their lives? I’d wager that nobody does completely. I was unable to tell you all about this transition (partly because we were instructed to keep it on the down low, but also because I wouldn’t want to announce something and then have it not pan out), but I’m glad it can be out in the open now!
I will do a more complete post about the space and its amenities (with pictures and the application in case you’re interested in joining!) in the next day or two, but in the meantime, check out HUB Raleigh on the following platforms:
Email // Website // Twitter // Facebook // Email List
Check out the marketing video we made for The Raleigh Forum! #TRFLovesIt refers to our love of social media.
We had so much fun making the video and couldn’t have done it without all of our supporters! Stay tuned for the blooper reel
After a splendid last week and a marvelous weekend, I’m ready to take on Monday!
- Lunch with two girls from Compass Partners. It was really interesting to be sitting in a snazzy conference room with two other girls my age discussing collaboration for our businesses and organizations. I love seeing other young individuals so involved!
- Several meetings with individuals reserving The Raleigh Forum for events (including one woman who saw our flyer, walked over, and signed a contract!)
- The Mayoral forum, where I gained a better sense of each candidate’s platform. We also met them in person after the event, which solidified my opinions
- Welcoming new members to The Raleigh Forum
- A hectic and awesome Friday- the kind where you almost wish it wasn’t the weekend because you have so much to do!
- Friday@5 happy hour at Flying Saucer
- A fashion show at Spy Raleigh
- Volunteering at the Autism Society of NC’s annual walk/run, followed by bagels and mimosas at The Raleigh Forum. I met a lot of cool people!
- Mid-day napping!
- A random Saturday with a friend, which included going to the park with the dogs to watch a volleyball tournament (may or may not have packed a few beers), Chinese food, and lots of time outside
- My first time at Mirage (can’t wait to go back and use my LivingSocial deal!)
- SPCA event at Seaboard Station- dogs everywhere!
- Draft house for dinner and drinks
- A long phone call with one of my best friends
- Butternut squash chili, gluten-free pumpkin pancakes, and several varieties of homemade gluten-free granola bars
- Tennis with a new partner
- Hopefully tennis with my usual partner- are you reading this, Harry?
- Shabbat dinner at my place
- Visit from an out-of-town friend, which will include a football game, a trip to the state fair, and LOTS of Taboo!
- Lunch at Manta, the new downtown Indian restaurant
- Welcoming visitors to The Raleigh Forum!
- Signing those Raleigh Forum contracts