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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.

Member Spotlight: Bobby Villarreal

Member Spotlight: Bobby Villarreal

Member Spotlight: Bobby Villarreal

Bobby Villarreal talks a little about his experience here at Grindstone Coworking as a member in our community. Bobby, a digital marketer, has developed a team of creatives that fill the space with ideas and energy on a daily basis.

L&F Distributors presents Four Corners Happy Hour

L&F Distributors presents Four Corners Happy Hour

A Chingon Pizza Party

Grindstone Coworking had the pleasure of hosting a Four Corners Happy Hour sponsored by L&F Distributors in Edinburg, Texas. George Esquivel, Co-Founder of Four Corners Brewery in Dallas, TX, introduced their newest craft beer, Sol y Luna. Check out the highlight video of the event.

Summer Time Hustle

Summer Time Hustle

We’ve reached the midpoint of 2017. How’s it going so far? With half of the year already spent, it’s great timing to evaluate where you are, and whether or not you’re where you want to be.

Sure, those New Year’s resolutions you made are all well and good, but if you’re like 99% of us, you forgot all about those by mid-February. If you find you’re falling behind in any of the following areas, it may be time to step up your game. You’ve still got the second half of 2017 to turn things around. What are you waiting for?


So that no bread/no dairy/no gluten diet you intended to stick to suddenly fell through. But just because you fell off the wagon doesn’t mean you have to give up entirely. The second half of the year is a great time to get fit. Commit to that healthy eating plan, and get yourself to the gym or park for a run at least three times per week. If you’re in need of some extra motivation, convince another unmotivated friend to join you and tackle your fitness journey together. Being your best, most creative and productive self is most possible when the other aspects of your life are running smoothly, including your health. 


The first step toward productivity is organization, and no one knows the ins and outs of multi-tasking quite like the entrepreneur.  If you’re like the rest of us, you’ve currently got about a thousand (give or take) things on your plate. Organizational apps are ideal for keeping your thoughts and tasks uncomplicated. Download an app like Trello or Asana on your phone and laptop to keep you on track when your work piles up. Set deadlines, communicate freely with coworkers, and keep files all in one place. Productivity takes a major nosedive when your universe is in disarray. Don’t fall into the trap this summer!


Are you following your passion? I mean, really following your passion? If not, there’s no better time than now. Whether you’re a painter, a photographer or a web designer, it’s never too late to begin your journey to entrepreneurship. With the laid-back vibe of summer comes renewed opportunity to truly explore your talents. Don’t waste your days being unproductive. With great hustle, comes great rewards!

Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today. Call us to schedule a tour of Grindstone Coworking!



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Hive Effect Entrepreneurship Initiative Now Accepting Applications for Second Cohort
Sponsored by Grindstone Coworking and the Edinburg EDC

Applications due by June 1

Edinburg,Texas: Grindstone Coworking, in collaboration with the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, has kicked off the second cohort of Hive Effect – an entrepreneur development initiative aiming to help local businesses thrive. The program, accepting applications through June 1, will offer 15 business owners the opportunity to grow their respective businesses through curriculum, coworking, and mentorship.

Daniel Rivera of Grindstone Coworking and director of Hive Effect said, “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished with the Hive Effect since its launch last September. Our coursework, mentorship and implementation of the coworking concept has helped ten entrepreneurs achieve great things for their respective businesses, and we’re looking forward to introducing a new set of members to our growing community.”

Gus Garcia, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation added, “The EDC is excited to partner up with Grindstone Coworking to promote this initiative. The Hive Effect program has become a valuable resource for some of our city’s most exciting new businesses.”

About Grindstone Coworking: Grindstone Coworking is a membership-based office in Edinburg,Texas. Designed for mobile workers, freelancers, and startups, the office provides workspace, phone booths, private suites, conference rooms, training rooms, a copy center, mailboxes and other amenities for today’s modern businesses.

About Edinburg EDC: The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation serves local companies by providing assistance with expansion plans, programs to help retain business, and advocating for policies that enhance the region’s economic competitiveness.

Hive Effect will be accepting applications through the month of May. If you’re an entrepreneur hoping to take your business to the next level, visit to learn more.



5 Easy Apps for DIY Content for Your Small Business

5 Easy Apps for DIY Content for Your Small Business

Create DIY Content for Your Small Business with Five Easy-To-Use Apps

In the small business world, content creation is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, good content can powerfully impact your sales, your brand image, and your overall reputation. On the other hand, good content comes at a price, whether it be monetary, time consumption, or mental effort. Great content doesn’t always come easy, but as a business owner, you already know that great things rarely come easy. These easy-to-use apps, however, can help you on your path to kick-ass content creation in no time.


The MAOA (Mother of All Organizational Apps), Trello, is one of the single best tools you can use to get your thoughts, projects and assignments organized. Many people are visual learners by nature, and Trello’s easy-to-use, image-centered set-up makes organizing ideas easier than ever before. Create cards for different ideas and arrange them by column, color or project. Drag and drop to suit your needs, and tag team members on each card to communicate ideas freely and in real time. Notifications are sent straight to your phone, so if you’re on a deadline, you can be sure you’re not losing precious time. If you’ve got a big project coming up, and you don’t know where to start, Trello is a safe bet.


Not everyone is gifted in graphic design. Don’t beat yourself up about it. For the design-challenged among us, there’s Canva. This must-have app is a Godsend for small business owners who don’t have the funds to outsource graphic design projects, big or small. Don’t waste time searching job boards and paying big bucks for simple projects like newsletter design or social media design work. Instead, download Canva, create your own graphics using their easy lay-out and current selection of images and fonts, then carry on with your day as the adaptable boss that you are.


Image selection often goes hand-in-hand with creating your own graphics. For this, there’s A round-up of all the internet’s best free stock photos, there are thousands of high-quality images to choose from, so you’re bound to find the perfect picture to represent your brand and target audience. Whether for Facebook ads, social media memes or websites, is a stellar source for imagery.

While a good copywriter can be a great asset for your business, there are plenty of writing tasks you can tackle all on your own, with the right app, of course. is a fantastic resource if easy-to-read, mistake-free content is what you’re going for – and you should be. Cut down on embarrassing typos and take your overall writing style to the next level with this easy-to-use program.


So you’ve got the right words, but how do you present them in the right way? Wordswag is the answer. With the popularity of social media at an all-time high, meme creation is basically a necessity. Spice up your brand’s images with Wordswag, then sit back as they spread like wildfire across your favorite channels. It’s really that simple.

Have any questions or other apps you want to share? Message us on Facebook or drop us a line at [email protected]

Grindstone Coworking and Hive Effect Celebrate Plains Capital Bank Partnership

Grindstone Coworking and Hive Effect Celebrate Plains Capital Bank Partnership

Grindstone Coworking and Hive Effect Celebrate Plains Capital Bank Partnership

Over 70 attendees gathered for a social start-up mixer at Grindstone Coworking on Wednesday evening. Heavy hor d’oeuvres and cocktails were served, as Grindstone members, local entrepreneurs, Edinburg City Council members and representatives from Plains Capital Bank and other organizations joined to celebrate Hive Effect’s newest sponsorship.

Organizations like Plains Capital Bank are instrumental in the success of the Hive Effect and the small business ecosystem in the Rio Grande Valley. Their donation of 35 iPads will be used to help young entrepreneurs and community members with educational courses, seminars, and workshops held at Grindstone Coworking. From financial preparation classes to presentations from local mentors, the Hive Effect offers a range of educational tools intended to jumpstart success for local businesses.

The president of Plains Capital Bank, councilmember J.R. Betancourt, and Grindstone Coworking owner Daniel Rivera spoke to attendees about the importance of local entrepreneurship and its impact on the Rio Grande Valley.

“This is the place to make dreams happen,” said J.R. Betancourt as he addressed the crowd.

Grindstone Coworking has become a vital resource for entrepreneurship in the Rio Grande Valley. Over 17 months, membership has grown to more than 55, many of whom work out of the Grindstone on a daily basis, making it the epicenter of creativity it is today. Small businesses, local freelancers and young professionals have helped launch Grindstone Coworking into an entrepreneurial hub, where members have access to a number of unique resources not found elsewhere in the Rio Grande Valley. Not only do members gain the opportunity to continually network, learn and collaborate amongst one another, but local partners, like Plains Capital Bank, L&F Distributors and Moonbeans Coffee, have proven invaluable in elevating the coworking experience for everyone at the Grindstone.

If you’ve yet to experience the magic of coworking, contact the office or visit the Grindstone website at to set up a tour or trial membership today.

GrindstoneRadio 003 – What is a Call-to-Action and why you need to implement them today.

GrindstoneRadio 003 – What is a Call-to-Action and why you need to implement them today.

What is a “Call-to-Action” and why do I need one?

Grindstone Radio: Small Business Tips for Freelancer and Mobile Workers in the Rio Grande Valley

In this episode of Grindstone Radio we explore the use of call-to-actions for marking your small business. We talk about the easy way to check your website or marketing efforts with the “and then..” game and talk about why CTA’s are a vital part of your marketing efforts.

Grindstone Radio – Episode 2

Grindstone Radio – Episode 2

Grindstone Radio – Episode Two

Grindstone News, State of the City, ft. Carlos Rios – Mako Media

In this second episode of Grindstone Radio, Carlos Rios from Mako Media joins us as we talk SEO, the State of the City address 2017, and the Grindstone Coworking Check-In Challenge. Check out this quick 10 minute episode and let us know what you think.

How Working From Home Can Destroy Productivity

How Working From Home Can Destroy Productivity

How Working from Home can Destroy Productivity

If you’ve been on the 9 to 5 grind for several years now, the thought of working from home is an exciting one. There’s the late mornings, the absence of annoying coworkers, and, for the most part, the freedom to do whatever you want. But beneath the shiny surface working from home can lead to some major issues for freelancers and entrepreneurs. From the daily distractions, to the ever-present threat of procrastination, working from home isn’t your one-way ticket to career freedom. You’ll need to tread carefully for your productivity and your sanity. Here are some ways working from home can backfire:


The television interview seen ‘round the world has drawn attention to a very real issue: children in the work place. Sure, hilarity ensued and it was awesome, but people bursting in and out of the room while you’re trying to get work done can be both frustrating and enormously distracting. Unless you’re working at home alone all day and night, chances are good that you’ll have some unexpected visitors killing your vibe. For optimal productivity, you’ll need a quiet, comfortable place to work, away from the demands of spouses, kids and pets.


Do you love Netflix? So do we! It can be hard to tear yourself away when you’re knee-deep into your new favorite show, “Just one more” you say as you throw your mounting pile of work to the wayside. While Netflix and TV are a great (addictive?) way to pass the time on evenings and weekends, indulging during the workday can spell disaster for your groove. Do yourself a giant favor and keep distractions to a minimum while you work. Resist the urge to web surf, log out of your Netflix and throw your phone across the room to avoid the productivity black hole that is social media. Doing so can make a huge difference in how much you get done – trust us.   


The thing about working alone? It gets, well…lonely. Not everyone can handle hours upon hours of solitude, and that’s OK. Even the most headstrong person will encounter a moment of silence that makes them miss people, and when that time comes, you might even yearn for the traditional office setting. There’s no mistaking that coworkers often become friends. Dealing with this void may be one of the hardest things to adjust to when you embark on working from home.

Did we scare you? Good.

Coworking is the answer to all these issues, plus so much more.

Grindstone Suites Now Open!

Grindstone Suites Now Open!

Grindstone Suites – Open for Business!

We’re excited to announce the opening of Grindstone Suites, Edinburg’s newest coworking space. With five private offices primed for productivity, the new space offers the perfect spot to take your business’s operations to new heights.

The coworking concept has revitalized the employment landscape in Edinburg. Grindstone Coworking is expanding its offices to accommodate a growing number of entrepreneurs and small businesses seeking space to call their own. The new office building, located adjacent to Grindstone Coworking’s first building, offers newly remodeled private offices suites to house companies of varying sizes.

Situated in one of Edinburg’s most bustling areas, across from the University of Texas – RGV and in close proximity to City Hall, Grindstone Suites’ offices offer a convenient location ideal for business.  The building, which combines classic components and an urban influence reminiscent of larger cities, offers a glimpse into the future of coworking in the RGV.

At Grindstone Suites’ new private offices, you’ll receive all the benefits of coworking with the privacy you need for optimal productivity. Five private offices, currently hosting JINKS Realty and Ben Briones Photography, provide a unique space to help your company’s vision come to life.

The first of its kind in the Rio Grande Valley, Grindstone Suites offers freelancers and entrepreneurs new opportunities to network. Available amenities include Moonbeans coffee, high-speed Wi-Fi and a clean, comfortable environment that promotes efficiency. With kitchen space, an updated interior and new appliances, the suites contain everything you need to effectively run your business. The space is even home to one of Edinburg’s oldest trees, visible from University Drive.

If you’re interested in making Grindstone Coworking your new office space, don’t wait. Three offices have already been leased. Contact us at 956.900.2190 or visit for more information about leasing and how to integrate the coworking concept into your growing business.

Why Coffee Shops Suck for Freelance Work

Why Coffee Shops Suck for Freelance Work

Freelancing in the RGV

Imagine a freelance graphic designer waking up at 10 a.m., heading to his nearest Starbucks and ordering a Macchiato. He sits at an isolated booth by the window, sets his sights on a nest of blue jays perched atop a nearby tree, and pulls his laptop from his leather backpack. He throws on his headphones, tunes into his favorite station,  and spends the afternoon sitting quietly, calmly, sipping coffee as the ideas and creativity flow through him like wine. It all seems so glamorous, doesn’t it?

Trust us; The coffee shop life ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Here are a few things that can go wrong when you choose a coffee shop or restaurant as your office:

Your Wallet Will Suffer

What’s worse than weak coffee? Weak coffee that costs $5. If your income allows you to spend upwards of $25 on coffee alone each week, more power to you. But if you’re like a lot of other freelancers and budding entrepreneurs, frivolous spending might not be in the cards. Ditch the unnecessary spending and instead invest in a coworking space that offers free coffee ‘round the clock – like the Grindstone.

Distractions Abound

You might think your nearest coffee shop is a great place to shun distraction, but you’d be wrong. Between checking out the cutie that just walked in, to the temptation of pastries seen through your peripherals, it can be hard to get in the zone when you’re not really “in” your zone. Coworking spaces boast the benefit of familiarity. There are no surprises. You come in, you sit, you work. That’s all there is to it.

Cramped Spaces

Once you make the trek to the coffee shop, where will you sit? What if you’re a “booth” person, but all that’s available are small tables? What if heights freak you out, but all that’s left are those tall ones? You shouldn’t have to fight for space when it comes to your work. At coworking spaces, there is plenty of room to get down to business. You don’t need to wake up at the crack of dawn just to get a good spot. Wake up at noon if the mood strikes you – the Grindstone welcomes those who aren’t bright-eyed and bushy-tailed until they’re ready to be.

The Crowds

Kids are adorable, but when you’re trying to get your work done? Eh, not so much. One downside to the coffee shop is the unexpected crowds. If you don’t appreciate toddlers running around and throwing spitballs at you when you’re on a deadline, a coworking space might be right for you.

Don’t take our word for it, give it a try. Grindstone week trials are only $39 and give you the opportunity to get your feet wet in the coworking movement. If you decide to join, we will roll in the $39 to your first months membership fees. Contact us at [email protected] to set up your appointment for a tour.

The AfterMath: Grindstone Christmas Party

The AfterMath: Grindstone Christmas Party

The AfterMath: Grindstone Coworking Christmas Party

Depending on where you work, office parties can range from being a drag to a cool office outing. But what happens when you work at a shared office with multiple businesses? In this blog, we are going to break down the Grindstone Coworking Christmas party with something we call the AfterMath.

A Breakdown of the Numbers

17th of December: Grindstone Coworking hosted its 2nd annual Christmas party. We are a shared office community made up of 45 small business owners, freelancers, and mobile workers.

8 Kick Ass Wall Lights: Our office party was in the same place we work almost every day but that did not bring down the party feel. The space looked completely different as soon as you opened the door. How did we create this party vibe? LIGHTING! Joe Rocks entertainment brought over eight awesome programmable wall lights that really set the mood for the night.


6 Strings of Mark Cavazos: We wanted more than a couple of playlists to set the tone so we hired Mark Cavazos to help us get the party going. Armed with a guitar, mixer, and a mic, Mark brought the jams! The jam session took twists and turns throughout the night with members jumping on the mic to take the lead. Additionally, there were crowd sing-a-longs and people dancing in the empty space which turned into a dance floor.

5 Decked Out Doors: “Competition breeds innovation.” Our door decorating contest brought out the innovators in our bunch. Five teams competed for some prizes and most importantly bragging rights in our first annual Christmas door decorating contest.


4 Committees: Drinks, Food, Attendance, and Entertainment Committees made up of members of our community helped pave the way for a smooth and amazing party. A special thank you to Markus Villarreal, Melissa Gauna, Nick Cantu, Angel Melgoza, Sara Cantu, Juan Rodriguez, David Casarez, and everyone else who helped make this party a success.

2 Craft Beers: Our friends at L&F brought some cheer with Rogue 7 hop IPA and Hijack from the Infamous Brewing Co out of Austin,Texas. They both were excellent, flavorful additions to the open bar set up by our drink committee.


1 Photographer: A quick and creative photo booth set up and some action shots from the evening are thanks to Lee Jinks of Jinks Realty. I think the work speaks for itself. See below:



It was a party for the ages. Thank you to all who made Grindstone Christmas a special one and Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

Grindstone Member Spotlight: Sara Cantu

Grindstone Member Spotlight: Sara Cantu

Grindstone Member Spotlight: Sara Cantu

Meet Sara Cantu, the newest member in our Member Spotlight Series. Raised in Edinburg, she is an up-and-coming entrepreneur participating in the Hive Effect. We sat down with Sara in a rapid fire Q&A to find out a little more about who she is, what she does, and how she integrates Grindstone Coworking and the Hive Effect into her growing business.

Q: Tell us about your business? What do you help your clients do?

I run my business as a freelance writer specializing in online content for websites. This covers anything from online magazines, to blogs and e-commerce marketing material. My clients are as unique as the topics I write about.

Q: How did you get started?

I started as an intern with RGV Magazine in 2009, but my passion for writing dates back further.

Q: How long have you been with your business?

I’ve been a full-time freelancer for a little over three years now.

Q: Where did your passion for said business come from?

I wrote my first “novel” (10 pages, typed, in 20-pt font) when I was 9. I guess you could say I’ve had an interest in writing ever since.

Q: What’s your creative outlet?

My entire career is a creative outlet, which I’m very thankful for.

Q: Where is your go-to place to relax?

South Padre Island, soaking up some sun.

Q: Where is your go-to place to fun?

Fun is everywhere when you surround yourself with the right people.

Q: What’s your favorite book?

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe really sparked my imagination as a kid.

Q: What’s your favorite part about working at Grindstone Coworking?

The people! Everyone’s been friendly since the day I walked through the door. It creates a great environment.

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve received that has helped you with your business?

No one is going to make the magic happen for you. If you want to achieve something, you have to get off your a** and go for it.

Q: What kind of music do you like listening to while you work?

Classic rock, gangster rap and classical music. Really depends on my mood.

Q: What streaming service do you use? Pandora, Spotify, Apple, Other?

Pandora. I’m still waiting for someone to explain Spotify to me.

Q: Apple or Android?

Apple. All day.

Q: What’s one tip for mobile workers you would like to share?

Keep your receipts! Easier said than done, I know.

Q: What’s your favorite social media platform? Why?

Snapchat, because it’s the most fun and least thought-provoking.

Q: What lead you to own your own business rather than go work for a company?

I’ve never been big on rules, so the idea of working for myself and setting my own schedule was always appealing to me.

Q: How is Grindstone/ Hive Effect helping you and your business?

Working at the Grindstone has helped me establish a more fulfilling work/life balance, and the Hive Effect has helped me think clearly about the direction I’d like to take my business.


If you are interested in contacting Sara Cantu, our featured Hive Effect member this week or just want to find out more about Sara and what she does follow her on her social media channels.

Email: [email protected]

Instagram: love_sarac

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