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Grindstone Coworking and the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce Announce New Partnership

Grindstone Coworking and the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce Announce New Partnership

Grindstone Coworking and the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce have just announced a new partnership. The agreement, which was solidified April 18, 2018, will serve both organizations in their ongoing commitment to empowering local businesses.

“We’re excited to partner up with Grindstone Coworking in our efforts to expand our reach across the Rio Grande Valley. Grindstone Coworking has become a great resource for small business owners, and we hope this partnership will strengthen our community ties and allow us to work alongside a new group of ambitious entrepreneurs,” said Robert Rosell, CEO of the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce.

Daniel Rivera of Grindstone Coworking added, “The Grindstone has always had a good relationship with the GMCC, so we’re happy to welcome them as our newest sponsors. We look forward to working closely with Mr. Rosell and other businesses within the chamber to promote entrepreneurship and joint community initiatives.”

Grindstone Coworking was established in 2015, and is among the first of its kind in the Rio Grande Valley. The coworking space, located in Edinburg’s downtown area, is open to freelancers, remote workers and a range of other businesses. Monthly coworking memberships and private office leases provide access to a variety of amenities, including a shared kitchen and café area, conference room, classroom and other features beneficial to small businesses and independent workers.

For more information about Grindstone Coworking, visit www.thegrindstone.co or (956) 900-2190.

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 www.thegrindstone.co.

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 www.thegrindstone.co 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?

Health/Wellness

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. 

Organization

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!

Goals

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!

Hive Effect: NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Hive Effect: NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2017
Hive Effect
956-900-2190
[email protected]

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 www.hiveeffect.com to learn more.

APPLY HERE: https://hiveeffect.typeform.com/to/t5TXh6

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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.

Trello

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.

Canva

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.

Pexels

Image selection often goes hand-in-hand with creating your own graphics. For this, there’s Pexels.com. 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, Pexels.com is a stellar source for imagery.

Grammar.ly

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. Grammar.ly 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.

Wordswag

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 www.thegrindstone.co 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:

Distractions

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.

Procrastination

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.   

Isolation

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 www.grindstonesuites.com for more information about leasing and how to integrate the coworking concept into your growing business.