8 Ways Coworking Communities Can Make Positive Local Impact

Coworking spaces are nicely positioned to make a positive impact on members. From helping people level up their business to creating communities of mutual support and friendship, coworking can be a game-changer.

Spaces and communities can also make an impact on their broader local community. From supporting local organizations to partnering with neighborhood businesses, here are eight ways your coworking community can make a positive local impact.

NextSpace Coworking San Jose Carebags for the homeless 2019

1. Support Neighborhood Businesses

Get to know your neighbors and find ways to support them.

“Relationships are everything,” says NextSpace San Jose Community Manager Julie Kodama. “It’s so important to be engaged with the community. Whether that’s checking out the new cookie shop or doing group lunches at local restaurants. There’s a reason when the mayor came to speak here all the food was donated from local eateries.”

Kodama explains that when daypassers come into NextSpace, she can recommend places to eat and they’re all places she and the community have been. Kodama then turns to neighboring businesses when she throws an event, needs catering, coffee or anything else in her space.

“If they’re good, and you continue to patronize them, you will build up a relationship.”

2. Be a Connector

The best community managers are excellent connectors. They know which members they should introduce, who is looking for help and who is expanding or seeking new opportunities. They also know of interesting events, opportunities and more.

Extend the natural connecting you do as community managers into your larger community. Look for ways to connect people, organizations, schools, businesses and community leaders.

3. Support Local Organizations

One great way to make a positive impact locally is to support organizations that are already making a positive impact. You can do this by inviting them to come tell your community about their work, hosting an event in your space, offering free or reduced memberships, giving them discounted meeting room space, and mentioning them on social media or in your newsletter.

Tip: All Good Work connects nonprofit social impact organizations with donated workspace. The organization is currently in New York City and Silicon Valley.

Urban community farm, Veggielution, finds donated workspace at NextSpace San Jose
Through the All Good Work Foundation, urban community farm, Veggielution, finds donated workspace at NextSpace San Jose.

4. Participate in Food and Clothing Drives

During the holiday season, local food banks, shelters and other organizations do food drives, clothing drives, toy drives etc. These drives are easy ways to give back as a community and make a positive impact on someone’s life.

Look for ways throughout the year to participate in drives. For instance, does your community host book drives, or back-to-school drives, or drives to send local high schoolers to prom? Do a little research to find out. You may be able, as a community, to do some off-season good work.

5. Get Involved with Mentor Programs

Presumably your coworking space is full of programmers, writers, designers, photographers, financial planners, developers, artists, attorneys, etc. Can you help pair these folks up with local young people looking for mentorship opportunities?

Find existing mentor organizations to partner with to bring a mentoring program into your space. If necessary or preferable, start one of your own.

6. Create Local Partnerships

Beyond simply supporting neighborhood businesses, find ways to partner with these businesses. Doing so has the potential to help both of you.

When the NextSpace San Jose kitchen was out of commission, a local coffee shop sold them big pourers of coffee at a huge discount because we had a good relationship with them.

“When someone wants to grab a fancy coffee,” says Kodama, “of course I send them there.”

7. Support Local Initiatives

NextSpace San Jose fills Care Bags for local homeless. The bags are filled with everyday essentials, such as socks, a toothbrush and toothpaste, snack bars and hygiene items. What local initiatives could your members easily participate in? Ask around and get creative.

NextSpace Coworking San Jose Care bags for the homeless member event

8. Provide a Platform for Community Discussions

Coworking spaces are home to a variety of professions, opinions, cultures, backgrounds and perspectives. Your space can be a place to further community discussions and dialogue in a supportive, respectful environment.

For instance, the mayor of San Jose has visited NextSpace San Jose numerous times for events and conversations. The goal was to have conversations about issues that affect all local residents.

NextSpace Coworking San Jose Event Mayor Sam Liccardo group discussion
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo in a group discussion at NextSpace Coworking San Jose.

Beyond being a place to support your members, your space can be a place to make a positive impact in your larger community. What do you do to make an impact? Let us know. We’d love to hear from you.


About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.


CloudVO City Guide: Miami, FL

Miami is the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. It’s also the most populous county in Florida and is known for being a major center and leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade. All in all, this is a great place to run your business, hold business meetings, or add a professional address to your portfolio. Take a closer look at some of our shared workspaces in Miami with great options for Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms.

CloudVO City Guide Miami-Florida

Downtown Miami

CloudVO partner, Capital Business Center, provides Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms found in the heart of Miami’s Downtown area on the Famous Brickell Avenue. This shared workspace is the perfect location for any company. It has convenient access to public transportation and is centrally located. It’s a great shared workspace for business meetings or lunches because it’s in close proximity to numerous dining and entertainment options as well as a plethora of high-end hotels.

CloudVO City Guide Capital Business Center Miami

Another CloudVO partner, Quest Workspaces 1395 Brickell, is located downtown on the world-famous Brickell Avenue in the heart of Miami. This space boasts Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms with great views. Found in the Class A Espirito Santo Building, this virtual office space is surrounded by fine dining options, restaurants and shops.

CloudVO City Guide Quest Workspaces Brickell Avenue Miami

CloudVO partner, Quest Workspaces 777 Brickell, offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms where you’ll only pay for the office time or meeting room hours you need but still receive all the perks. This workspace solution is perfect for start-ups, home-based businesses, or those expanding to new markets. This workspace is ideally located near a plethora of restaurants and shops only minutes from the water.

CloudVO City Guide Quest Workspaces Meeting Room 777 Brickell Miami

Flagler Street

CloudVO partner, Starthub has Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms located on Flagler Street off of I-95. This location boasts a professional atmosphere and services, a conference room, and coworking space to help accommodate all your business needs. There are a variety of dining, retail, and entertainment options in the immediate area.

CloudVO City Guide Partner Starthub Miami

Another CloudVO partner, Next Workspaces, has Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms that feature a stylish design and great pricing combined with great service. This is a great option for startups or small businesses. This workspace is ideally located in Miami’s financial district within walking distance to several local bars and cafes.

CloudVO City Guide Partner Next Workspaces Miami

Northern Miami

CloudVO partner, Empire Executive Offices, offers upscale Virtual Offices with an abundance of business options for your benefit. Everything you need to run your business smoothly is readily available. This location has free onsite parking with easy access to I-95 and the Florida Turnpike.

CloudVO City Guide Partner Empire Executive Offices Miami

Goldbetter provides Virtual Offices in an ideally situated park-like setting that’s minutes from major roadways, sporting venues, shopping centers and entertainment attractions. This is the perfect location for a business that requires a Miami-Dade presence.

CloudVO City Guide Partner Goldbetter Miami

Central Miami

CloudVO partner, Latitude One offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms fantastically located in the center of Miami. This means that Miami International Airport is only 7 miles away and there is easy access to major landmarks like the American Airlines Arena. In addition, there is a unique selection of boutique shopping and fantastic dining. This is the perfect location if you need to conduct business and also entertain.

CloudVO City Guide Partner Latitude One Miami

If you’re planning to stay in the area, here are a few of the most popular hotels. For a more budget friendly option, the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay offers classic rooms and suites right on the water. The Kimpton EPIC is a 4-star polished hotel in a high-rise that offers plush rooms plus free wine hours. For more upscale options there is the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove and the Four Seasons Miami that both offer refined rooms and stunning bay views.

CloudVO City Guide Miami Biscayne Bay

Miami is a hub for international trade, business, and culture making it a prime location for business. So when it comes to your professional business needs, CloudVO has an array of great options for you. Virtual Office plans are available at all of the aforementioned locations and offer professional meeting rooms, digital mail services, as well as the use of a business address with options to add live phone answering services.


About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.



CloudVO City Guide: Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is a region in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, and is largely known for its tech presence and perhaps the famous American TV comedy, Silicon Valley. It serves as a global center for technology, innovation and social media. It is home to companies like Apple, Amazon, eBay, and Google and is one of the wealthiest regions in the world. This makes it a perfect location to run your business. We are breaking down Silicon Valley into its respective regions and discussing our amazing options for Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms.

CloudVO City Guide Silicon Valley

San Jose, California

CloudVO partner, Pacific Workplaces San Jose, offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms that put you next to the world’s top tech companies and financial institutions. Downtown San Jose boasts corporate residents like Adobe Systems, Acer, UBS Financial Services, and Ernst & Young. This virtual office center puts your on-demand office in the center of this prime real estate and directly across from the Superior Court of California, the U.S. District Court, and the State Building. Enjoy the farmer’s markets and fine dining on adjacent San Pedro Square, and enjoy an easy walk to HP Pavilion and the McEnery Convention Center. This San Jose workspace is in a prominent location and has easy access to multiple options for public transit in addition to onsite parking.

CloudVO City Guide Silicon Valley Pacific Workplaces San Jose Meeting Rooms

CloudVO partner, NextSpace San Jose is a professional workspace community providing Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms that are located in Downtown San Jose near the San Jose Museum of Art. Local public transportation gives you easy access to everything San Jose has to offer. Restaurants, bars, cafes, spas, hotels, and shopping centers are located within walking distance if you need a mid-day break from work. NextSpace San Jose is also conveniently located alongside Interstate 280 and Highway 87. The San Jose McEnery Convention Center, the Social Security Administration Office, and San Jose City Hall are minutes away.

CloudVO City Guide Silicon Valley NextSpace San Jose Meeting Rooms

CloudVO partner, Silicon Valley Business Center- San Jose, offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms and is found in a beautifully furnished and well-equipped building near top Camden and Hillsdale, just seconds from the West Valley Freeway. Surrounded by many dining, shopping and entertainment options, this is a great location for any company looking to establish itself in the local area.

CloudVO City Guide Silicon Valley Business Center Meeting Rooms

Cupertino

Another CloudVO partner, Pacific Workplaces Cupertino, provides Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms in a great business environment with immediate access to the world’s biggest names in technology – Apple, HP, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, IBM, Symantec, Packeteer, and Portal Software, all within two miles of this location. The meeting rooms are adjacent to the Cupertino Main Street and Vallco Shopping Area which provides a variety of restaurants within easy walking distance. It’s also conveniently close to the 280 and 85 Highways which connect this location easily with the rest of Silicon Valley and greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Sunnyvale

Another CloudVO partner, The Satellite Sunnyvale, features a variety of quality services including from Virtual Offices, Meeting Rooms and Coworking space that are fully- equipped with all of your office and business needs. Get right to work in a beautiful, connected workspace. Everything you need including electrical outlets at each workstation, wifi, comfortable chairs, and free coffee are readily available to aid in the ease and success of your business. There is also an outdoor work area.

CloudVO City Guide Silicon Valley The Satellite Sunnyvale Meeting Rooms and Coworking Space

Los Gatos

CloudVO partner, The Satellite Los Gatos, provides Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms located in the town of Los Gatos, known as a great place to work, live and play. This Satellite location also offers everything you need to be successful including electrical outlets in workstations, wifi broadband internet, comfortable chairs and free coffee. Also, be sure check out the outdoor work areas!

CloudVO City Guide Silicon Valley The Satellite Los Gatos Meeting Rooms and Coworking Space

Palo Alto

CloudVO partner, Pacific Workplaces Palo Alto offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms that are fully-equipped for your business needs. This location is minutes from Stanford University and Downtown Palo Alto- just off Highway 101 and Embarcadero Road. At the heart of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area’s most prestigious business addresses, this virtual office center allows easy access to the East Bay via the Dumbarton Bridge, San Francisco, and San Jose while you rub elbows with major CEOs who base themselves out of Palo Alto.

CloudVO City Guide Silicon Valley Pacific Workplaces Palo Alto Meeting Rooms

CloudVO partner, Enerspace Coworking Palo Alto provides Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms. This space has amenities like high-speed wifi, printing, copying, and scanning. Here you will find a perfect mix of productivity, privacy and community. This workspace is in the heart of Silicon Valley and has easy access to all of the East Bay.

CloudVO City Guide Silicon Valley Enerspace Coworking Palo Alto

Silicon Valley is a prime location when it comes to professionals and workspace needs. Whether you need a professional business address or a place to hold meetings, CloudVO has an array of options for you. Virtual Office plans are available at all of the aforementioned locations and offer professional meeting rooms, digital mail services, as well as the use of a business address with options to add live phone answering services.


About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.




Re-purpose Furniture in Your Shared Workspace.
A Sustainability Tip for Coworking Operators

Tracy Wilson, Managing Partner at our sister company Pacific Workplaces, shares her experience on a simple and cost-effective way coworking space operators can freshen up the furniture in their space while achieving sustainability.

Pacific Workplaces Sacramento Capitol Repurposed Reception Chairs

As we close out the month of April, the month that we often spend a bit more time considering Mother Earth and what steps those of us can do to improve sustainability practices in our shared workspaces, I want to share an experience I had at one of my locations in Sacramento, California.

One area of the flexible office business that causes me angst is the disposability of office products, especially inexpensive furniture items.  As much as anyone, I struggle with the value of purchasing a $400 chair vs an $800 chair.  I wonder if, over time, the durability, quality, and style mean the pricier version is actually a better value.  Will it withstand the use and “abuse” my members will certainly impose on it, so I am not forced to get rid of it in 3 years?  At the forefront of my thought process is that, when I do dispose of furniture, even donation centers don’t want extremely worn or broken furniture, which means the only alternative is sending it to the dump which puts more burden on our landfills. 

Recently, the chairs in our Pacific Workplaces Sacramento boardroom were starting to look worn, so I realized I needed to start thinking about a solution, but the economics of purchasing twelve new boardroom chairs was overwhelming.  Basically, I was stalling. Then, nearly overnight, these chairs went from getting worn to a down-right embarrassing situation (shame on me!), so replacement was mandatory … or, was it? Could I really send these twelve chairs to the local dump?  We decided to see what hiring a re-upholsterer might entail, and I am proud to share the results.  Twelve new boardroom chairs would have likely cost nearly $12,000, but re-upholstering the old ones only cost $1,500. 

Pacific Workplaces Sacramento Capitol Old Boardroom Chairs

Pacific Workplaces Sacramento Capitol Repurposed Boardroom Chairs

Based on the success of this project, we decided to use the same technique on four of our reception area chairs.  While they still had a nice style and were holding up well, we always seemed to get negative comments from our member’s clients.  The chairs were so uncomfortable to sit on and you couldn’t lean back without the experience being physically awkward.  In addition, they didn’t exactly pop with color or energy.  So, in came our re-upholsterer.  Four new high-end reception area chairs could have cost as much as $6,000, but our re-upholstering guru gave us “brand new” (comfortable!) chairs for only $1,200.

Pacific Workplaces Sacramento Capitol Old Reception Chairs

Pacific Workplaces Sacramento Capitol Repurposed Coworking Furniture

I hope this will inspire my coworking industry friends to re-think the use, and mostly RE-use, of our shared workspace amenities.  Cheers to Mother Earth AND our bottom line!

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About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

CloudVO City Guide: San Francisco

In today’s CloudVO City Guide, we are focusing on a few of our shared workspace locations in San Francisco, which is known as the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California. San Francisco is also known as a great city to work in being that it’s easy to build entrepreneurial relationships, there are plenty of job opportunities, and tons of activities outside of work.

CloudVO City Guide San Francisco

SOMA District

CloudVO partner, Pacific Workplaces, offers professional Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms fully-equipped and ready for all of your business needs. The San Francisco location features bayside views that will surely impress your clients. Located in the SOMA district next to the downtown Financial District, two blocks from the Embarcadero BART station, near Muni, and an easy walk to the Ferry Building which also hosts a farmer’s market.  Here, you will find a workspace that provides a world-premier business address, stunning bay views, and best of class technology near fabulous restaurants in the city.

CloudVO City Guide San Francisco Pacific Workplaces Meeting Rooms

CloudVO partner, RediSuite- San Francisco has Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms located in the SOMA district at the crossroads of Mission and Montgomery. Found in a traditional building that is recognizable to anyone from the area. The inside has been furnished and fabricated to a very high level. With raw brick on some walls and beautiful wood finishes, this location has a very high-quality feeling whilst remaining open and interesting, truly capturing the feel and character of the SOMA district. The SOMA district is known for its several museums, upscale dining options, café’s and more.


CloudVO City Guide San Francisco ReadiSuite SOMA Meeting Rooms

Financial District

CloudVO partner, Carr Workplaces Embarcadero- San Francisco, provides Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms in the heart of the Financial District and is in the area’s premier multi-use complex. Overlooking the historic Ferry building, this shared office space offers phenomenal views of the surrounding area. It also happens to be in a very convenient location as it is in close proximity to a multitude of business and entertainment facilities.

CloudVO City Guide San Francisco Carr Workplaces Embarcadero Meeting Rooms

CloudVO partner, Raven Office Centers- San Francisco, features Virtual Offices located in the desirable Financial District. This shared workspace offers flexible solutions that are ideal for people starting new businesses or currently working from a home office. This workspace is also a great landing pad for traveling road warriors and those that need flexible satellite office solutions. This shared workspace is also conveniently located near tons of coffee shops, restaurants, shopping and public transportation.

CloudVO City Guide San Francisco Raven Office Centers Meeting Rooms

As far as places to stay goes, The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is a great option as it’s the only luxury waterfront hotel with breathtaking bay and city views and is conveniently close to all of our partner locations. The Hilton San Francisco Financial District offers stunning panoramic views of the city skyline and the bay at a really good value. For a little more upscale, check out the Loews Regency San Francisco and its awesome views and this hotel’s natural beauty, timeless design and modern amenities.

CloudVO City Guide San Francisco Hyatt Regency

Since all of these shared workspace locations are in close proximity, you’ll find an array of after-work or weekend activities to do in this area of San Francisco. Some of these include the famous San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Ice Cream (yes, Ice Cream!), Union Square, and more.


CloudVO City Guide San Francisco Museum of Ice Cream

Whether you are in San Francisco for a business meeting or looking to add a professional San Francisco business address to your portfolio, we have many options that are suitable for your needs. Virtual Office plans are available at all of the aforementioned partner locations and offer standard mail services, sophisticated meeting rooms, as well as use of the business address with options to add live phone answering services.


About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.




CloudVO City Guide: Denver, Colorado

On today’s city guide, we are highlighting a few of our shared workspaces in Denver, the capital of Colorado and an American metropolis dating back to the old west era. Denver makes for a great place to do business thanks to its third fastest growing economy in the United States.  Besides traditional industries, Denver also invests in and promotes creatives with its “Creative Districts” that have seen annual job growth since they were formed in 2011. The work environment in Denver is more relaxed, not to say employees don’t work as hard, but the culture allows for people to take advantage of the outdoors and focus on their overall well-being. Being that you’re encouraged to get out of the office to balance work and play, Denver is a great place to build or further your career if you are someone who appreciates and thrives in that type of environment.

CloudVO City Guide Denver Colorado

We are excited to take a closer look at these shared workspaces in Denver, since the CloudVO team is heading to Denver on April 15th for the 2019 Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC)! If you are also heading to the conference and are planning to stay an extra few days in the city and need a space to work, be sure to check out these shared workspaces.

Downtown
CloudVO partner, Your Office- Denver, offers fully equipped Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms and is located in the heart of the financial district on 17th Street, known as Denver’s Wall Street of the West. Just half a block from the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall and all of its abundant entertainment, shopping and dining options. Your Office is near the State Capitol, the City and County Court House and a large concentration of oil and gas companies, and one block from the RTD Light Rail stop and numerous bus lines pass along the cross streets of their building.  CloudVO partner, ZEN Offices- Denver- Johns Manville Plaza is located in the heart of the Central Business District in downtown. These Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms are on the 19th floor and feature outstanding views of Downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains. It is newly renovated and has an outdoor plaza where you’ll find Starbucks, banks, shopping centers, and hotels like the Marriott City Center.  Johns Manville Plaza is known for offering professionals high quality office space in a stress-free work environment with amenities like weekly yoga, massage therapist sessions, aroma therapy rooms, a spa inspired café, and daily nutritional meal deliveries. Another CloudVO partner, Novel Coworking- 16 St Denver, provides Virtual Offices and Coworking Space adjacent to the popular 16th Street Pedestrian Mall and just two blocks from the Colorado Convention Center. This location offers easy access to Downtown Denver’s restaurants, hotels, and Light Rail transit.

CloudVO City Guide Denver Zen Offices Conference Room

CloudVO City Guide Denver Novel Coworking 16th Street Meeting Room

 

Speer
CloudVO partner, Shift Corona- Denver, provides Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms in a productive, yet dynamic work environment. Hit the gym for a free yoga or boot camp class, or conduct a cuddle sesh with resident dogs on your break. At Shift, it’s about finding how you work best. This location is in the hub of Denver and offers an ideal workspace just minutes from some of Denver’s best restaurants and shops.

CloudVO partner, Shift Workspaces Bannock- Denver, provides Virtual Offices that are sure to impress with its refined industrial style featuring numerous pieces of locally sourced art, furniture, and wall hangings. In addition, you can obtain a professional business address, mail services, and other virtual office services.  

CloudVO City Guide Denver Shift Workspaces Lounge

Denver Tech Center
CloudVO partner, Executive Business Centers- Denver, offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms in a prime place for your next business meeting. Centrally located on Belleview Avenue in the Denver Tech Center, this space has great panoramic views and easy access to major highways like I-25 and I-225 which make this an ideal location. Onsite ample and free parking is available for your convenience. Additional services available include notary services, word processing, copy/scanning, courier services, and catering.

CloudVO City Guide Denver Executive Business Centers Day Office

Where to stay?
Here are a few of the most notable places to stay in Denver. The Curtis Denver Doubletree is a uniquely fun boutique hotel conveniently located smack dab in the center of Downtown Denver and is where the CloudVO team will be staying in April for GCUC! Embassy Suites is also in a great location and is a perfect place to stay for business or pleasure. Another great option is the Hyatt Regency Denver, also centrally located and steps from the Colorado Convention Center and minutes from Paramount Theatre.  All of the hotel options are in close proximity to GCUC if you are planning to attend. 

CloudVO City Guide The Curtis Denver Doubletree

Want more info on the free resources we will provide operators who visit our booth at GCUC USAContact us  and we’ll give you a sneak peek of what we have in store at the conference.


About CloudVO

CloudVO  is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

CloudVO City Guide: Washington, D.C.

In the next CloudVO City guide, we take a closer look at our shared workspace locations in Washington, D.C. This compact city is known for many things other than being the United States Capitol and the center of the U.S. government. It’s also known for its historic national monuments, famous museums, having a growing economy, and being one of the most visited cities in the world. 

CloudVO City Guide Washington DC

The economy and tourists drive tons of business to Washington, D.C. and make it the ideal place to have your business address, hold meetings, or utilize the amenities of a shared workspace to build your business.  The city offers lots of cultural activities, entertainment, shopping, festivals, outdoor recreation, and great restaurants. We are breaking down D.C. into its respective neighborhoods to take a closer look at the shared workspaces that CloudVO offers.

Virgina- Reston
CloudVO partner, Carr Workplaces Reston Town Center offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms and is optimally located close to dozens of high-tech companies and offers both commercial and retail entities. This meeting space is sure to project the professional image your business deserves. In addition, Reston- Library Street is conveniently located near a plethora of local restaurants, bars, and cafes. Another CloudVO partner, Metro Offices Reston- Plaza America has Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms just minutes away from Dulles International Airport and conveniently close to thoroughfares offering fast access to Washington, northern Virginia and Maryland. The building is encompassed by walking paths with a variety of shops and restaurants. The site is just blocks away from the active Reston Center and renowned Reston Hyatt Hotel.

CloudVO City Guide Washington DC Reston Plaza America Meeting Room

Tysons Corner/McLean
CloudVO partner, Metro Offices McLean- Greensboro Station is a new workspace that provides beautiful Meeting Rooms perfect for your next business meeting. With onsite parking and easy access to the Silver Line Metro, meeting at our Greensboro Station location in McLean couldn’t be easier. The onsite café makes busy days smoother so you don’t miss a meal. Other perks include the onsite wine bar, relaxation room and game room! Sold yet?  If you’re looking for something more corporate in the area, CloudVO partner Carr Workplaces Tysons- McLean boasts one of the most prestigious addresses in the suburban Washington area. These Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms provide instant access to the Ritz- Carlton and Tysons Galleria by way of a climate enclosed concourse. Also nearby are restaurants such as The Palm and 120 specialty shops and services at your disposal.

CloudVO City Guide Washington DC Carr Workplaces Tyson McLean Meeting Room

Alexandria
We offer three shared workspace locations in Alexandria. CloudVO partner, Novel Coworking Old Town offers Meeting Rooms situated in Old Town Alexandria, directly across the Potomac.  This location features four floors of private offices, coworking space, and large suites for teams of up to 15 people. This beautiful red brick building is outfitted with the latest technology, including internet, espresso machine and the on-site garage makes parking a breeze. Carr Workplaces Duke Street- Alexandria provides Meeting Rooms centrally located to the Embassy Suites Old Town Alexandria, with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Federal Courthouse only steps away. Nearby transportation includes the King Street Metro, Amtrak, and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station. Carr Workplaces King Street- Alexandria offers Meeting Rooms in the heart of Alexandria, across from King Street Metro and Amtrak. The building is home to Theismann’s Restaurant and is in close proximity to many other fine restaurants and hotels.

CloudVO City Guide Washington DC Novel Coworking Old Town Alexandria

Downtown
Right next to the White House, CloudVO partner, Carr Workplaces Pennsylvania Ave. offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms with a prestigious reputation giving your business the professionalism it deserves. This building offers onsite security, parking, and is surrounded by many fine eateries and retail stores. Getting here is hassle-free being that it’s located two blocks from the Farragut West and three blocks from Farragut North Metro Stations. CloudVO partner, Virtual Offices DC, offers Meeting Rooms located in the heart of the city with easy access to the Superior Court, K Street, local and federal courts, and judiciary square. The Dupont Circle and McPherson Square metro stops are minutes away, along with abundant taxis and parking garages.

CloudVO City Guide Washington DC Carr Workplaces Pennsylvania Avenue Day Office

Friendship Heights
CloudVO partner, AdvantEdge- Chevy Chase offers fully equipped Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms at the corner of Wisconsin and Western Avenue. This is a great location in one of D.C.’s best high-end suburbs. Located within walking distance of banks, boutiques, restaurants, theatres, and the Washington Sports and Fitness Club, there is no shortage of things to do and places to eat.   

CloudVO City Guide Washington DC AdvantEdge Workspaces Boardroom

Dupont Circle
CloudVO partner, Metro Offices- Dupont Cir., provides Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms with a fresh and modern feel. This shared workspace is in the middle of D.C.’s renowned Dupont Circle community and within walking distance of top-notch restaurants and fashionable retailers. Strategically located one block from the circle itself, it is encompassed by foreign embassies and prominent national and international corporations and organizations. This is the perfect place to get some work done and then reward yourself with some food or shopping just steps away.

CloudVO City Guide Washington DC Metro Offices Dupont Circle Meeting Space

Sights to see
The city offers many must-see attractions being that it’s defined by iconic monuments and buildings. The White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, The Smithsonian Museums and the United States Capitol are just a few of the noteworthy places to visit. Beyond the traditional D.C. attractions, you’ll find fresh food, arts and nightlife scenes. Two of the best restaurants for wining and dining are known to be the Poca Madre, high-end Mexican that presents explosive flavors in a fun, fine-dining setting, and the Dabney, that serves mid-Atlantic cuisine at this rustic spot set in a former row house. For one thing, D.C. is known as a hotbed for fine dining which makes it the perfect place for business lunches and/or dinners.

Places to stay
If you’re planning to stay in the area, here are some of the top-rated hotels to consider. The Jefferson is a luxurious 5-star hotel located in downtown that boasts they are much more than a room to rest, but also an all-encompassing and immersive customized experience. The Park Hyatt is another 5-star hotel and is known to be as visually stimulating as it is comfortable and convenient. The Hyatt Place and the Washington Hilton are two more budget friendly options that are also modern and polished.

Washington D.C. has a lot to offer when it comes to professionals and workspace needs. Whether you need a professional business address or a place to hold meetings, CloudVO has an array of options for you. Virtual Office plans are available at most of the aforementioned locations and offer professional meeting rooms, standard mail services, as well as the use of a business address with options to add live phone answering services.


About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

How Coworking Improves Human Performance

This article published on the Mind Rocket site and entitled “Technology Drives Community” was authored by our CEO, Laurent Dhollande. In it, Laurent observes that while remote working is providing desirable flexibility to professionals, it also too often leads to unwelcomed isolation, intrusion into our private lives, and ultimately the potential for loss of productivity, but coworking can offer a solution.

Laurent postulates that this isolation and lack of motivation often experienced by remote workers are the flip side of the new empowerment and flexibility brought to us by the technological developments of the last two decades. That’s why, he writes, teleworking has actually not taken off as much as anticipated, in spite of many corporate programs that support remote work. He explains why joining a coworking community helps transcend these performance-hindering side effects.

Coworking provides more opportunity for members to learn and grow professionally, by interacting with people who are not fashioned by the same corporate mold, sometime serendipitously and other times via organized events. In the end, he explained that the social fabric of a coworking place can greatly help improve the individual member overall work experience. Coworking communities, no-doubt, bring much needed counter-balance to the downfalls of isolation inherent in remote work.

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What’s interesting here is that a high level, someone secretive, consulting firm like Mind Rocket, who among other things advise foreign governments on how to leverage technology to improve Human Performance, sought out the opinion of our CEO, a keen observer of, and participant in, the flexible office industry, to explore how coworking communities may help soften the down side of remote work enabled by remote technology, and enhance human performance.

At CloudVO, we want to support all research efforts that might help gather data to support that claim, which we, as operators and coworkers, experience in our daily lives. If you have an academic project, or any kind of research, going in that direction, do not hesitate to contact us!

Meanwhile, we highly recommend you read the Mind Rocket article.

Visit us at   www.CloudVO.com    to list your location for free and join our coworking family of 700 shared workspaces around the world.


About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

CloudVO City Guide: Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is the largest city in Illinois, and the third largest city in the United States. Contrary to popular belief, Chicago is not only known for its Chicago-style hot dogs, Chicago-style deep dish pizza, Maxwell Street Polish Sausage and jazz music. It’s also known as the international hub of finance, commerce, industry, telecommunications, and transportation. This makes Chicago one of the busiest areas in the United States for business and therefore the perfect place to hold meetings or obtain a professional business address. We are taking a closer look at our shared workspace locations in Chicago and breaking them down into their respective neighborhoods.

The Loop

CloudVO partner, Novel Coworking, offers two shared workspace locations in The Loop. Novel Coworking The Loop offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms and is full of small businesses, the self-employed, and entrepreneurs. It’s located across from Chase Plaza. The El and metro are within walking distance and are a great way to get around and visit many of Chicago’s famous landmarks. Novel Coworking The Loop is only three blocks from Millennium Park, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Bank of America Theatre.

CloudVO City Guide Chicago The Loop Novel Coworking

Novel Coworking Wacker is the second location in this area and is located directly across from the Chicago River. This location offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms with abundant amenities and supreme personal service. Transportation options are plentiful being that The Ogilvie and Union Stations are located ½ block away. Several restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels and shopping centers are just steps away from both locations.

CloudVO Partner Coalition Energy is centrally located right in Chicago’s Loop, on Michigan Avenue in the historic Gage Building. Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms are available at this location. One fun fact about this space is that it originally started as a green energy hub and still houses some of the original members. Being that it’s situated in the penthouse of the building, you’ll enjoy the panoramic views of Millennium Park and amazing views of Lake Michigan. This space has a historic meets modern vibe with its exposed brick, high ceilings, rustic vintage feel and tons of natural light. It’s the perfect place to get in work-mode and be productive.

South Loop:

CloudVO Partner CoGen Coworking offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. This shared workspace is ideally located minutes from Grant Park and sights such as the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum.

CloudVO City Guide Chicago CoGen Coworking South Loop

West Loop:

Novel Coworking West Loop offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms that empower entrepreneurs by providing a modern and professional office space to run a business at an affordable rate. This workspace is ideally located in the heart of Chicago’s financial district and within walking distance to a plethora of local restaurants and cafes. Novel Coworking West Loop is also conveniently located near the Quincy/Wells subway station making it easily accessible.

CloudVO City Guide Chicago Novel Coworking West Loop

Inspire Business Center provides Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms that are perfect for your small, start-up, or home-based company to acquire the professional image that it needs with the price you can afford. Located near plenty of restaurants and shops as well as being easily accessible from public transportation and the highway, this is the ideal place to run your business.

Magnificent Mile:

BeOffice is a shared office space offering Virtual Office space, coworking space, dedicated offices, Meeting Rooms, and event space located on the prestigious Magnificent Mile. This shared workspace has flexible terms and personalized, friendly service. BeOffice is conveniently located near public transportation, major highways, restaurants, hotels, etc. Here you will find a professional, yet warm environment with a friendly staff available to assist you and your guests.

CloudVO City Guide Chicago BeOffice Magnificent Mile

River North:

Novel Coworking’s River North location, offers fully furnished Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms featuring the perfect balance of privacy and open space. There is an abundance of professional amenities such as your company logo displayed at reception, mail service, and 24/7 secured access. This space has a fresh and modern feel, making it a great space to work productively.

CloudVO City Guide Chicago Novel Coworking River North

Sights to see

Chicago offers a ton of fun activities to do if you’re feeling touristy and want to explore the city. You’ll find panoramic views from 1,353 feet above Chicago at The Skydeck .  A few other notable attractions are Cloud Gate (often known as “The Bean”), Navy Pier that offers carnival rides, restaurants, shops & fireworks, and 875 North Michigan Avenue where you can drink and dine on the 95th floor!

CloudVO City Guide Chicago Skydeck

Places to stay

When considering places to stay, there are many hotels that make the list for best hotels in Chicago. A few of the most notable include the Langham, a luxurious top-notch hotel, The Peninsula, known for its elegance, and The Thompson, a boutique hotel with views. Other more affordable options include the Best Western Grant Park Hotel, Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown- The Loop, and the Courtyard by Magnificent Mile.

CloudVO City Guide Chicago Langham Hotel

Whatever your business needs are in Chicago, CloudVO offers many workspace options. Virtual Office plans are available at all aforementioned locations and offer professional meeting rooms, standard mail services, as well as the use of a business address with options to add live phone answering services.


About CloudVO

CloudVO  is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

14 Ways Coworking Spaces Can Build Community Over the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, in our homes and in our workplaces. If the traditional office holiday party elicits a been-there-done-that sort of feeling, we encourage our CloudVO partners and friends to shake things up with events and projects that build community both inside and outside of your space. CloudVO 14 Ways to promote community over the holidays Here are 14 tips for spreading holiday cheer and giving back to your community inspired by the community managers from our sister company, Pacific Workplaces (PAC). 1. Potluck Lunch Keep things low-key with a potluck lunch. Invite employees and members to join and have each person bring something. This is a great addition to any of the other events, drives, or contests you’re planning to hold in your space. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring members together to enjoy food and chat. Themes can be around a specific holiday or just to celebrate your community.
Pacific Workplaces Oakland Holiday Potluck Event
2. Charitable Drive This holiday season, several PAC locations are hosting charitable drives for clothing, food, coats and jackets, sleeping bags, blankets, toys, monetary donations, socks and more. The East Bay spaces have a competition to see who can collect the most food donations for the local food bank, the San Mateo location is holding a relief drive for those affected by the California wildfires, and Greenhaven is doing a blood drive.
Pacific Workplaces Oakland Food Bank Drive Holidays 2018
The Sacramento Capitol location is doing a donation drive for My Sister’s House, an organization that helps women and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking by providing a safe haven, job training, and community services.
Pacific Workplaces Sacramento My Sisters House Dontation Drive Holidays 2018
3. Celebrate Member Strides PAC Sunnyvale is hosting a New Year’s Social and “champagne day” to celebrate members whose businesses have made great strides during 2018. Members of the space have published books, had multiple FDA approvals and landed major accounts, so the community wants to celebrate with them. 4. Workspace Decorating Contest Bring holiday cheer to your shared workspace by holding a decorating contest. Encourage members to decorate their dedicated desk, meeting room, or office in an effort to win best décor. Winners can be voted on by community managers and the award ceremony can take place during a holiday activity. 5. Gift Wrapping Stations One of the simple joys of the holiday season is wrapping presents in cheerful paper and ribbons. Make it easy for members to wrap their gifts (and keep them secret) with an in-house wrapping area. Pleasant Hill and Palo Alto PAC teams create gift wrapping stations or rooms for members. PAC provides the wrapping paper, bows, gift tags, tape, hot cider, snacks and holiday music. 6. New Year’s Wish Board A wish board is a great way for members to participate in something and have it displayed for everyone to see. In preparation for the new year, have members fill out a paper star, snowflake or other design with their 2019 resolutions and anything they’re looking forward to in the next year.
Pacific Workplaces Greenhaven Wish Board for Holidays
7. Ugly Holiday Sweater Day Spark fun and laughter all day long with an ugly holiday sweater day. This is also the perfect opportunity to snap some pics for social media.
Pacific Workplaces Ugly Sweater Party Holiday Member Event
8. Care Bags Holiday traditions at NextSpace San Jose include making care bags for the homeless. These bags are filled with everyday essentials, such as socks, a toothbrush and toothpaste, snack bars and hygiene items.
NextSpace Coworking San Jose Care bags for the homeless member event
9. Secret Santa A Secret Santa is a fun way to spread holiday cheer. The Bakersfield team makes Secret Santa gift buying easier on members by displaying a poster in the lounge showing all the Secret Santa participants’ names and “Things I Like” underneath each name.
Pacific Workplaces Bakersfield Secret Santa Display Holiday 2018
If you want to add a new twist to your workspace Secret Santa, try doing a “modern” secret Santa where members exchange e-gift cards. No one has to worry about running around and shopping for something. Plus, who doesn’t love Target or Amazon? Tip: You can still draw names the old-fashioned way. 10. Holiday Tree In Palo Alto, PAC members participate in a group tree decoration and lighting event, complete with popcorn strings, ornaments, tinsel and lights. 11. Gratitude Projects You may have heard of a gratitude jar, where people write down things they’re grateful for and put them in a jar to be read later. Pacific Workplaces San Mateo is putting a twist on the practice with a Thankful Tree, where members can write what they are thankful for and display as little notes on the tree.
Pacific Workplaces San Mateo Thankful Tree Holidays 2018
12. Cocktail Classes In San Francisco, PAC VO member company SF Mixology does various cocktail-based events for the space’s annual holiday party. This year, they’re teaching a cocktail class for members. 13. Giving Tree The San Mateo PAC team has an annual Giving Tree to helps kids in need. The tree has a list of children’s names and what they need (basketball, toothbrush, backpack, etc.). Members can choose a name and supply the requested items. 14. Here Comes Santa PAC Capitol in Sacramento invites Santa to make an appearance in the space. They have a member who volunteered for Santa duties and they invite parents to bring a small pre-wrapped, pre-labeled gift before the event for Santa to give to their child(ren). It’s a great photo-op and a good way to spread the holiday cheer to members and their families. However you celebrate the holidays in your workspace and home, be safe and may your days be cheery and bright. Happy Holidays from all of us at CloudVO and Pacific Workplaces.
Ways Coworking Spaces Can Build Community Over the Holidays
Written by   Cat Johnson  and Sasha Bonar.

About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.