VirtualOffiCenters/OffiCenters Monthly Newsletter 
Featuring Opportunities for Creative Collaboration 

Notes From Lori
It's almost time to wrap up 2016! There's just a few short weeks until Christmas, but still time to make an impact on your business. I'm happy to report that OffiCenters is having a banner year. We expanded at France, made a major move to Minnetonka and have almost completed the Park CoWorking expansion and remodel! Three projects in one year? I must be crazy!  We also broke through the 600 virtual companies mark and have maintained off the charts occupancy. And after only eight months, we are OFFICIALLY FULL at Minnetonka. WOW! Everyone on our  team is on the NICE list this year and that is why we are closing one hour early on December 14 to celebrate our 2016 accomplishments. All of my elves are going to "Party Like it's 1999" at a Prince inspired holiday bash.
You all deserve it. 

Holiday luncheons start next week and we know these events are the most popular of the year. YES! We will be serving our traditional lasagna lunch with wine and holiday cookies. Plus, there are a few surprises in store this year. If anyone cares to rock an ugly sweater - well, be brave and do it! Union Plaza OffiCenter will host their Annual Ugly Sweater Contest during the last holiday luncheon. It's always a creative masterpiece.  

Thanks to all of you who have sent prayers to our dad.
We are not sure what his prognosis is at this time but he cannot wait to attend our lunches as our official 2016 Goodwill Ambassador. I look forward to seeing all of you as I visit the workspaces and attend all of the lunches.  Let's toast to a tremendous 2016 as we look forward to health and prosperity in the New Year.
   In the spirit of giving  
  Featured Stars
   are OneCommunity Partners
Innovator
Milestone
Operation Highground
is dedicated  to helping Veterans w/ employment, education, housing and transportation.   MORE 
Project Elf is a community
of shoppers that help lift up homeless 
families in the Minneapolis area with a Christmas surprise.  MORE
Success
True Connection
Christmas in the City
moved into their new home just in time to celebrate its 17th yr of helping families in the Twin Cities. 
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Depart Smart Founder and Executive Director Sheryl Hill tells how joining VOC helped put her foundation on the map. MORE
In the Spotlight




OC/VOC has always believed in giving back to our local communities. We are proud of our giving tradition and it's in this spirit that we will donate the funds used for Donut Day on December 14, 21, 28 and January 4 to OneCommunity Partners . We are supporting Christmas in the City by adopting a family in poverty and providing them with a special holiday. Project Elf children will receive gifts from the elves at OffiCenters. Also, we will make our annual contribution to Second Harvest Heartland. If you would like to help our efforts, talk to an OffiCenter team member about how you can donate.
Make a Minnesota Holiday Memory

With the cold weather finally settling in it just might seem like a great time to hunker down and stay indoors for the next few months. But, with the holiday season upon us, it's actually a great time to do the complete opposite. Christmas time in Minnesota is the perfect opportunity to get out and explore the state. With parades and light displays and more, each of these 11 Great Minnesota Christmas Towns are truly magical places to visit this time of year.

Right here in the Twin Cities you can visit Santa Land at Macy's in Minneapolis and Holidazzle! Attend one of the many holiday plays or concerts or go to the Como Park Holiday Flower Show. Winter skate in Rice Park or get to the St. Paul Depot to see the  Canadian Pacific's Holiday Train. Whatever you do, take time to enjoy the season with family, friends and loved ones. Happy Holidays!  
Minnetonka OC has the Write Stuff

Steve Grady, President and CEO of Enviro-Controls, joined VirtualOffiCenters in September at Minnetonka. One of his key reasons was to get some time away from his home office to finish his book. And, he did just that! Steve was able to write several chapters in the booths and at the tables in our CoWorking space! His book titled, "IoTtransform - The System that Drives Successful Business Transformation using the Internet of Things" was published in November by Verixis and is now available on Amazon If you see Steve at Minnetonka, take a minute to network. And remember, "It's not who you know, it's who knows you!"
Cubby Shop 
Gift with Purchase!
 
Shop NOW! Receive a 2017 Monthly Planning Calendar as a free gift with any purchase from The Cubby Shop (The Office Store Outside Your Door)! You can get any and all office supplies from adhesives to zip drives at prices that are competitive with the box office stores. Need something special or a hard to find item? ASK US! We can special order from 1,000's of items and deliver it right to your door.  Gift quantities are limited.



International Plaza Tenant Party

International Plaza Holiday Luncheon

December 7
Happy Birthday to Megan H! 

December 8, 7:30-9AM
Bell Plaza Holiday Breakfast
 
December 8, 12-1PM
Minnetonka Holiday Luncheon

December 8
Happy 2nd Anniversary Ashlie! 
 
 
 
Medicare 101 Seminar

December 12
Tina celebrates 5 years with OC! 

December 13, 12-1PM
France Holiday Luncheon

December 14, 9AM-1PM
International Plaza Blood Drive 



December 15, 7:30-9:30AM
Park Place East Holiday Breakfast

Park Holiday Luncheon

Union Plaza Holiday Luncheon


21st Century Management Corporation
Hope for the Children's Future, Inc
JWG Services
LauraB LLC
Law Office of Nadine Ibrahim
New Beginnings Coaching
Sleep Coaches, LLC
The Sales Consortium 
Verden Digital LLC


29 years
Karen Larsen, Larsen Financial 
24 years
Denny Manrique, Manrique Group
17 years
Quinn Karpan, Evergreen Shipping
11 years
Robert Hartnett
9 years
Maury Beaulier, MN Lawyers
8 years
Alex Thiele, Lion's Lynk
7 years
Jonathan Paradeau
Dave & Lois Toohey, Investor's Financial Group
5 years
Hennepin Theatre Trust 

Thank You members for your support and friendship throughout the years! Happy Anniversary!  


Ted Christopher, Verterra Energy, featured on Kare11. See Video

Congrats to Union Plaza, named The Best Executive Workspace in Mpls for the 2nd year in a row!

Lori Spiess for being the recipient of
The 2017 WANY Pinnacle Award!

Lisa & Steve Olsonoski on the birth of your grandson Bennett, born 11/29

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