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What is Waffle Wednesday?

What is Waffle Wednesday?

Let’s face it: Networking events can suck. And while it’s a necessary part of life for modern day entrepreneurs and marketing specialists, too many humdrum networking events can take a toll. So at Grindstone Coworking, we’ve created a solution:

What’s Waffle Wednesday?

Waffle Wednesday is a monthly networking event that offers businesses marketing tips and the opportunity to chat with likeminded entrepreneurs. Over time, Waffle Wednesday has become a local marketing meetup where guests enjoy waffles, coffee and good conversation about how to use marketing to meet their goals for their businesses and personal brands.

In short, Waffle Wednesdays are a good time to kick back, enjoy some delicious food, and get to know other business owners and marketing gurus.

Who’s Invited?

Everyone’s invited! For just $10 per ticket, you’ll receive hot waffles, hot coffee, cold juice and all the fixins’, plus awesome marketing tips from experts in the local industry.

Who Will Be Speaking?

Waffle Wednesday has already welcomed some of the Rio Grande Valley’s brightest marketing minds. The content creators behind BRNDHUB, Yajaira Flores of the RGV Vipers and H-E-B Park, and Dani Marrero of local publication NETA have all spoken to our group about the power of marketing and how to leverage it to build your brand.


Stay tuned for information about our next Waffle Wednesday, or contact us to find out how you can be a speaker or sponsor for our next event!

Member Spotlight: Renee Sanchez Leal

Member Spotlight: Renee Sanchez Leal

The hustle can be hectic, and sometimes it feels like there just isn’t enough time in the day to get it all done. This includes getting to know your fellow members! Our Grindstone Member Spotlight was built to help you connect with other coworking members, even when you’ve got a jam-packed day. Today, we’ll meet Renee Sanchez Leal.

Q: Tell us a little about what you do, Renee.

A: I own a consulting firm focused on business compliance and employee relations.

Q: How long have you been operating your business?

A: 5 months

Q: How did you form the concept for Iris Consulting?

A: Ten years in the medical industry doing compliance for my employer while simultaneously going to school majoring in communication studies and communication training & development. This is a combination of the two.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

A: I’m looking forward to personal growth and change in 2018.

Q: Who would you consider your perfect customer?

A: An independent business that does not have the manpower within their own company to manage compliance practices and employee relations – soft skills training.

Q: Who/what inspires you?

A: The naysayers. People who tell others to do something more practical and safe with their lives. Those people motivate me to prove them wrong.

Q: What does a typical work day look like for you?

A: Coffee and planning out my day/week. Reading up on relevant literature pertaining to the latest requirements and regulations for compliance. Calling and scheduling appointments with potential clients. Scheduling consultation appointments with clients to go over current policies, as well as preparing training material & specialty assessments for employees.

Q: Which do you prefer after a long week of hustling? A quiet night in or a wild night out?

A: I’d love to say wild night out, but I’m secretly an 80-year-old woman so I stick with a quiet night in. I only have so much energy for wild nights out.

Q: What are you currently binging on Netflix?

A: I’m not Netflix binging anything right now, but I’m Hulu binging The Strain.

Q: What role does social media play in your business?

A: Social media is a good avenue and method of communication but there is something to be said about face-to-face communication. This is especially true in a business such as communication consulting. Social media is a good forum for marketing but should not be the only method.

Q: What’s your ideal vacation spot?

A: Anywhere near water. That’s where I find my peace & serenity. The beach & Lake Travis are at the top of my lists.

Q: What is your ultimate goal for your business?

A: Provide an affordable service to businesses in the Rio Grande Valley and assist them in managing their compliance and investing in their long-term employees. It’s not about money or getting rich. It’s about taking care of the people in this area to ensure they don’t find themselves on the wrong side of the compliance regulations for their business.

Q: In a movie about your life, who would play you?

A: Definitely Anna Kendrick. She’s my spirit animal and we’re both strange, quirky, short, can sing, & make weird faces, haha!

Q: What are you hoping to achieve during your time at Grindstone?

A: Learning the tools to grow Iris Consulting while simultaneously networking & coworking with other like-minded individuals who are looking to be successful entrepreneurs.

Want to learn more about Renee? Connect with her on Facebook!

Grindstone Coworking Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary!

Grindstone Coworking Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary!

Grindstone Coworking, the Rio Grande Valley’s first coworking spot, celebrates its two-year anniversary today. Located in downtown Edinburg, Grindstone Coworking offers entrepreneurs, mobile workers and freelancers a sense of community as they work independently, positively impacting both creativity and productivity. The office marked the occasion with a Halloween barbecue for members.

“I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished during these two years at the Grindstone. Our members are thriving in their respective businesses. Some of them have expanded during their time here. I’m glad our office space is able to play even a small role in their success,” said Daniel Rivera, founder of Grindstone Coworking.

Located in downtown Edinburg, Grindstone Coworking has attracted several businesses to the Edinburg area. The coworking spot has come a long way since its opening on November 2, 2015. With features in The Monitor, the Rio Grande Guardian, and other local publications, Grindstone Coworking has welcomed a variety of workers through its doors, with some coming from as far as Monterrey, Mexico and San Antonio.

In addition to offering office space for local businesses, Grindstone Coworking also sponsors entrepreneurial classes and seminars on topics like financial readiness and social media marketing, with the help of a program established in conjunction with the Edinburg EDC. This has helped create a vibrant learning environment for established entrepreneurs and those just starting their businesses.

For more information about Grindstone Coworking and membership packages, call 956-900-2190 or visit

Grindstone Coworking FAQ

Grindstone Coworking FAQ

Considering a membership at Grindstone Coworking? Our bustling community happily welcomes new members from all over the globe. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear about Grindstone Coworking.


Q: Who works there?

A: Our coworking space is filled with mobile workers across all industries. From accountants to digital media specialists, writers, techies, attorneys and more, our community is as diverse as the businesses we represent.

Q: What hours are you open?

A: We are open Monday – Friday from 8 am to 6 pm.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Our mailbox memberships cost as little at $50 per month. We also offer part-time memberships for $139 per month, and full-time memberships for $189 per month.

Q: What does a membership include?

A: Our membership levels vary. Part-time and full-time memberships gain access to complete use of our facilities, including our high-speed Wi-fi services, complimentary Moonbeans coffee, printing services, café, conference room and training room.

Q: Do I get my own office?

A: If you wish! Consider the Grindstone as Starbucks on steroids. We are a communal office space able to accommodate up to 60 independent workers on any given day, but we do have private offices and suites for monthly lease. Our private office leases begin at $725 per month.

Q: How does the conference room work?

A: Our memberships are based on a credit system. The Grindstone Coworking conference room is available to reserve for your next meeting. Just log on to your account and use your allotted credits to reserve, or contact us directly for a reservation application.

Q: What happens if I run out of credits?

A: You can rent our conference room for $12.50 per hour once your allotted credits have been spent.

Q: How does the training room work?

A: Our training room can accommodate up to 30 people. Training room access is granted on a case-by-case basis, including nights and weekends. Contact us at 956-900-2190 for more information about holding a class or large meeting in our training room.

Q: Do I get 24-hour access?

A: We do offer 24-hour access memberships for $299 per month. Twenty-four hour access to our facilities is also available to members renting private offices and suites.

Q: Can I go in for a day?

A: Yes! One-day passes are available for $30. We also offer week-long passes for $49, which will roll over onto your first month’s membership fee if you decide a Grindstone membership is right for you.


Don’t just take our word for it. Stop by and see why Grindstone Coworking is the Rio Grande Valley’s most vibrant place to do business. You can also visit our website at to learn more about our membership plans.