OffiCenters Monthly Newsletter 
Featuring Opportunities for Creative Collaboration 

Notes From Lori

We just came out of our most exciting month of the year and I must say that 2019 CoWorking Month was our best ever! Every day was packed with fun, networking and education, and the participation was over the top. Some of the highlights were the Shaver Shuffle (my first 5k), the Edina Grand Opening, Podcast Seminar, Taste of Woodbury and Bring Your Dog to Work Day! I heard that last week's Dilly Day and BlackJack Friday were the most well attended of the year. Congrats to our big winners, Zaylore Stout and Ben Theis and thank you to everyone else who participated in the survey, contests and events during CoWorking Month. Will, our Brand Specialist, put this video together recapping the month. Enjoy!

CoWorking Month Recap!

Now on to September and back to work. Summer is wrapping up (yes, it's true) and now is the time to focus on business and ending the year strong. We have a full schedule for September and you owe it to yourself to try a networking group this month. Park Networking is on Thursday and the 3 rd Tuesday of each month is a Slice of Woodbury with pizza and networking. Make some new connections and have the opportunity to increase your business. Did you know that almost 80% of our members have reported an increase in the bottom line since joining OffiCenters? We know this is THE place to do business in the Twin Cities. 95% of our members say that OffiCenters provides a Work Awesome experience for their business; and that could not be more awesome!

This month I head to the Global Workspace Association International Conference in Washington, D.C. I plan to show them why OffiCenters runs ahead of the pack and bring back some knowledge to our workspaces. I am lucky enough to get to visit some new coworking spaces and also visit my great friends at Metro Offices in Washington, D.C. which is my second favorite place to Work Awesome on the planet. If you are going to the DC Metro area check out their fantastic workspaces. Remember that we are always better when we collaborate within our industry and our community and at OffiCenters, that always starts with my desire to work with others and share ideas.

I challenge you to set one NEW goal for yourself this month. Get to one more networking group or reach out and collaborate with one new member. It just takes a first step . . . Thanks for a great month and I look forward to seeing you in the workspaces.

Meet Our Members

Page Narnis  of Narnis Defense has worked as a skilled defense attorney since 2008. She also has a heart of gold. MORE
Janet Busby  is the heart of HomeOnTrack. Her drive, entrepreneurial spirit and skills have gotten them to where they are! MORE
True Connection
Elaine Pizini, founded StitchnPost from a hobby and a passionate need to create. It all starts with a vision. MORE
Connie Kroskin Founder of Executives in Motion (EIM), shares how the idea for his company started with his connections .  MORE  
In the Spotlight
Our Member Survey Says!

You like us. You REALLY Like us! The fact is that 95% of those surveyed responded TRUE when asked if OffiCenters provides them a Work Awesome Experience for their business. Other responses showed that 77% of our members feel less isolated and 84% say they are more productive since joining our community. Those results are a big WOW! The bottom line has increased for 78% of the members who took our survey, with 72% telling us that they have made meaningful connections with other business professionals. And, we always knew that our events were well attended but now we have proof with over 65% of you saying they have attended at least one of our events, workshops or luncheons. Our members can use any of our seven locations and the numbers tell us that 59% of our members surveyed are taking advantage of using multiple locations to Work Awesome!

Thank You to all who took the time to take the survey. Your answers provide us with better insight to what our members want, need and get from OffiCenters!

CoWorking Etiquette

We want to share a couple of tips and reminders about rules of the shared workspace areas. Spaces and booths are at a premium. Remember that we are here to share and work together and that spaces in the coworking areas are not "reserved". Yes, there is a first come/first served policy in the coworking area but let's play nice in our collaborative space. Exactly what are we saying? "Don't hog the booths!" OffiCenter policy is a two-hour limit in the booths and after that there may be a charge if you want to reserve the spot. Also, if you need a private meeting space and a booth will do, you may reserve the space with an OffiCenter team member at no charge.

The number one problem is HOLDING booths, tables or seats. Leaving all of your items, i.e. laptops, cords, personal items, purses, briefcases, and such, is prohibited if a person is Missing in Action (MIA). In a SHARED WorkSpace this is definitely "uncool". If you are MIA for more than 20 minutes, we will remove your items and lock them in the business center where they can be recovered. Keep in mind that our spaces belong to all of our (almost) 1500 members and one space does not belong to only you. As our community continues to grow, we are seeing a need to enforce this policy in order to be fair to all.
JUSTICE4KATIE is a non-profit dedicated to making changes and creating awareness while continuing to honor Katie Burkey who at 22, had her life cut short by a reckless and irresponsible driver. Distracted driving has the ability to destroy lives yet it is totally avoidable. J4K urges all drives to Pay Attention and JUST DRIVE! Remember, it's the LAW! Read Katie's full story and see how you can help. MORE

Free Monthly Networking

September 10
Jan, Manager at Minnetonka, has been part of the OC team for 6 years!

September 11
Patriot Day, We Will Never Forget

September 12
Happy Birthday to Tina, Manager at Int'l Plaza. Let there be cake!!

Mastermind Group:
Leadership & Communication
Facilitated by: Don Wolpers, Topspin

September 13
It's been 1 year since Carly, OSS @ Woodbury, joined team OffiCenter!

All Locations
BONUS BlackJack Friday

September 17
Our GM, Amanda, celebrates 7 years at OffiCenters with no end in sight!

Slice of Woodbury 
Free Networking and Pizza

September 19
Hey Maties! It's Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 21
International Day of Peace

September 22
Congrats to Lesli, OSS@ Int'l Plaza, on her 3rd Anniversary!

September 23 @ 2:50AM
Autumn Arrives

Park OffiCenter
SKOL Marketing Workshop: Grow Your Business with VIDEO

September 26 from 12-1PM
PowerLunch! at Park OffiCenter
Speaker: Chris Thibodeaux
Topic: Selling Without Distractions

September 27, ALL DAY!
BlackJack Friday - Stop in and PLAY!

September 28
Carly, OSS @ Woodbury, celebrates her birthday with new baby Isabel!

Every Wednesday, Every Location
CONNECT over Coffee & Donuts

Amchoice Capital, LLC
Beyonjack Group, LLC 
Geeksuite Exteriors 
MJM Business Systems, LLC
Nancy Farnes
Prime Entrepreneur Group LLC
Regulatory & Quality Solutions LLC

26 Years
John Benson
Pat Fleischaker, Rose Fleischaker & Associates
24 Years
Mike Hoverson, Hoverson Law Office
13 Years
Darryl Gullickson
12 Years
Peter Brehm
10 Years
Tom Puff, Venture Law Resources
8 Years
Dan Lindgren, General Mortgage Corp
Kent Peterson, Mediation One
7 Years
Howard Sussman, Sussman Law Office
Susan Jackson, Easy Street Realty
Patrick Denzer
5 Years
Nicole Billings
Van Deusen and Associates

Thank You members for your support and friendship throughout the year!
See Zaylore Stout's

Corey of Ripley Transportation, popped the question. She said, YES!

Another Engagement . . .
Mike, of Michael Anderson Agency, recently put a Ring on it! 

Congratulations to Beth, with MOA, and new hubby, married on July 27.

Alex, ReayEyes President, and his wife welcomed Beautiful Baby Gi a!

Ann from Byrne Law Office, proudly announced that she is a Grandma to Baby Jackson!

Carly, our Office Service Specialist at Woodbury, had baby Isabelle early on August 26. Welcome Baby Girl!!

Congratulations to Teresa Thomas for being named one of Minnesota's 50 Over 50 by AARP and  Pollen.

OneCommumity Partner The Firefly Sisterhood makes 1,000 MATCHES!

A big WOO HOO goes out to Team OC for shuffling along with Randy Shaver and RSCRCF on August 3rd at the 7th annual Shaver 5K Shuffle! We not only talk the talk, but walk the walk!

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