10. The Hyphen is Gone!
It might not seem like a big deal, but those of us in this industry will tell you in a heartbeat the difference between co-working and coworking. In October, the AP Stylebook announced it was dropping the hyphen and recognizing what had been known in our circles since 2005: coworking means you work with individuals in the same space but not for the same company.
9. A Flood Isn’t Gonna Stop Us From Our Hustle
If you were anywhere in the RGV back in June, you know we got inundated with lots of rain in a really short time frame. The inside of our offices were spared, but the parking lot and surrounding roads were flooded. So what do you do when it won’t stop raining, and you can’t go anywhere? You play with drones, you frolic a little in the water, but then you get to work. No sense in wasting a perfectly good day because of a little rain. Dreams don’t stop over here just because the sun isn’t out. Video Link Here
8. Continued BBVA Collaborations
We’re grateful that BBVA Compass Bank once again collaborated with us and Code RGV in 2018 to continue hosting Small Business and Personal Finance Workshops to benefit the local community. Through their partnership, we are able to help other small business owners navigate the world of credit scores, loans, and budgeting. We look forward to partnering with them in 2019 for this program once more.
7. Community Membership Launch
For those who already have a brick and mortar office for their business, work elsewhere, or want to meet totally different people than they would at your regular-type of mixer, we created a membership specifically for them! Grindstone Coworking introduced their Community Event Membership that’s best suited for those who want to socialize and network away from the confines of their office, while also surrounding themselves with like-minded individuals who work AND play hard.
6. Mission Chamber Partnership
“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. – April 2018
5. Grill Masters
One of the perks of being a Grindstone Member is access to some really good food, including delicious BBQ. We have awesome members who are professionals in the office and on the grill. And we all get to reap the benefits of their craft. From random mid-week BBQs, fish fries during Lent, and the Famous Jinks Realty Hot Dogs.
4. Hey Ma! We’re Famous!
Through a partnership with the Mission EDC, Grindstone Coworking, along with other coworking spaces in the RGV, were highlighted in a coworking campaign. Not only did the space get a “starring role” in the short, but one of our members got to be part of the cast. A highlight video about Grindstone Coworking was debuted on our Facebook page last month with our Founder, Daniel Rivera, giving you a front row snippet of what Grindstone has to offer.
3. Waffle Wednesdays Went Mainstream
What started in 2017 as a Members Only event, 2018 saw the dawning of the fun-filled, carb-loading networking event known for its great topics, amazing speakers, and socialization. We had the pleasure to host some phenomenal speakers like BRNDhub, Yajaira Flores representing HEB Park, Alex Garrido from UTRGV, Yirla Gonzalez Nolan with FARO Professional Services, our very own Bobby Villarreal from Triggers Media, and Dalinda Alcantar with the McAllen Boys and Girls Club. Each brought their unique expertise in the fields of business and marketing and shared some of their knowledge with our members and the community.
2. We Turned 3!
Technically, our birthday is November 2nd, but Halloween birthday parties are just more fun. We celebrated with a costume party and BBQ with our members, families, and friends. There was cake. There was a costume contest. And there was so much food. If this is what being 3 is, we’ll take it.
1. McAllen Expansion
And the biggest thing to come out of 2018: we grew and expanded! In addition to our Edinburg space and Suites, we now have our 3rd location- Grindstone McAllen, located at the intersection of 10th street and Trenton Rd. at Trenton View Plaza. Being in McAllen allows our members the fluidity to work out of all our spaces and be available their clients and customers in areas more convenient for them.
As wonderful as 2018 was to Grindstone Coworking, we’re excited to see all the great things 2019 has in store for us!