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Wingspace Happy Hour

Melanie Banayat of Wingspace: First Coworking Space in County

On June 20, 2018, Melanie Banayat was interviewed by Sajid Islam about founding Wingspace. Wingspace is a 3,000 square foot space located in a tiny, desert town of Prescott, Arizona.  Despite its relatively small size, Wingspace has a great energy about it. It was the first coworking space in the entire county.  In fact, before she started this project, Melanie, herself, never heard of coworking. Background Melanie worked from home for almost her whole adult life.  She had been doing it…

1528 Webster Street Walls

Community Manager Alisha Thornton on 1528 Webster Street

On June 20, 2018, Sajid Islam interviewed Alisha Thornton, the Community Manager of 1528 Webster Street in Oakland, California. The Founders Members have found the two founders to be very valuable resources.  1528 Webster Street houses a lot of start-ups looking to build their business.  With the two founders on site, start-ups have been able to have conversations with them.  Since they are on site, members can bounce ideas off of them and ask them what they think about their…

A quick look inside the Brickyard

Michele KirkPatrick on Being Brickyard’s Community Manager

Sajid Islam interviewed Michele KirkPatrick, the Community Manager of Brickyard on June 6, 2018. [caption id="attachment_2309" align="alignnone" width="300"] Photo by: Benjamin Burgess (kstreetphotographydc.com)[/caption] Transition to Community Manager With a husband in the military, Michele was working 65 hours a week with the constant conflict of having to choose between family or career.  Her husband got an amazing opportunity in Alabama and went for a year. During that time, Michele was on the search for a job that could provide her…

FH+H celebrating the opening of Chisel

France Hoang and Tom Craig: Founding Chisel – A Space for Lawyers

On June 4, 2018, Sajid Islam interviewed France Hoang and Tom Craig of Chisel.   Chisel is a slang term for lawyers.  Accordingly, Chisel is a coworking space specifically for lawyers built within a law firm, FH+H. Finding a Niche France and Tom were partners together on the law firm, FH+H.  Fh+H is a very entrepreneurial law firm. Part of what differentiates FH+H from other firms is that the Lawyers are also entrepreneurial.  The firm itself is always looking for…

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Susan King Glosby and Nora FitzGerald: Women-Owned WorkAway Solutions

Susan King Glosby and Nora FitzGerald were interviewed about WorkAway Solutions on May 31, 2018 by Sajid Islam. Background Susan and Nora knew each other as friends.  They depended on one another to take care of each other’s children and support one another’s work.  They would occasionally cowork at each other’s houses but primarily worked from home. However, one day in June of 2017, the two went to a cafe for a change of scenery.  There, they spent $40 on…