What a crazy, unpredictable year it’s been. I don’t think at the start of 2020 any of us imagined we’d be where we are now. I know I didn’t. While we’ve seen at times overwhelming amounts of pain, sadness, and anxiety over these past 6 months, we’ve also seen a lot of things that have spurred hope in better times ahead.

When I founded Grindstone Coworking 5 years ago, I didn’t have much of an idea of what I was doing. I didn’t have a great big plan that mapped out exactly what Grindstone was and what it would be. I’ve always known that Grindstone was fluid and something ever-evolving.

And evolve, it did. But all good things must come to an end. For Grindstone, that time is now.

I’m proud every day of what we, together, have achieved through Grindstone. What began as an idea evolved into a coworking space flowing with community members and small businesses, each bringing something unique to the table, each playing a role in this community we built. Events like our annual Christmas party became something we looked forward to every year. Waffle Wednesday brought entrepreneurs from all over the Valley under one roof to bask in the solidarity of owning a business and doing everything in their power to make it succeed. These interactions with you all have helped make these past 5 years some of the most rewarding of my life.

All in all, this is not a failure. COVID-19 has caused the closure of many businesses, and I have no doubt that they will rebuild and become bigger and stronger than before. While Grindstone Coworking may be retired for good, there’s no denying that what we did was something big for the Rio Grande Valley. By bringing the coworking concept from the big city to our region of Texas, we gave entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote workers the community and sense of belonging they deserve. This was always my mission, and I know that we can find other ways to keep this sense of community alive, especially during a time when it’s needed so badly.

While Grindstone Coworking will be closing its doors in the days to come, my work, our work is far from over. My passion for helping small businesses and people from all locations and backgrounds achieve their dreams is as strong as ever. I’m thankful that my new role as the Director of Programs at the Mission EDC allows me to empower businesses and provide resources for those that continually strive to make the RGV bigger, better, and stronger.

Thank you for helping me bring my big, crazy idea to life. Thank you to my family, my parents, my friends, and the entire community for helping this guy try something new. I hope you all have this type of support when you go to bat with your next big idea. And if you find yourself in Mission or come across me on social media, I’d love to hear about it.