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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…

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Jason Abbott: Launch in Winnipeg, Canada

Jason Abbott was interviewed about his coworking space, Launch, by Sajid Islam on June 20, 2018. [caption id="attachment_1924" align="alignnone" width="300"] Headshot of Founder, Jason Abbott[/caption] Background Jason Abbott used to work out of one of the premier coworking spaces in the US, Kahoots.  There he had an amazing experience working in a community that allowed him to be productive.  When he went back home to Winnipeg, he wanted to do something like it but could not find any spaces that…

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Herman Ayala of Workspace Suites: From Renting to Opening

Sajid Islam interviewed Herman Ayala, founder of Workspace Suites, on June 20, 2018. Background Prior to founding Workspace Suites, Herman worked in accounting with some large PA firms in Texas.  These firms had pretty nice office spaces. However, there was a transition into more modern office as workspaces moved away from the traditional model. Being in the accounting world, Herman is always looking for something new to have as a side venture.  Herman himself was always paying rent on office…

A quick look inside the Brickyard
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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…

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GCUC Radio Episode 20 – Commitment to Community

Tony Bacigalupo sat with Felena Hanson of Hera Hub.  Felena is one of the original female focused coworking space entrepreneurs. About Felena Hanson and Hera Hub When she was working with a marketing strategy firm, Felena worked primarily from home.  However, over the years she began to miss the sense of community and support that coworkers provide.  So, she looked at a coworking space called The Hive in San Diego and hosted an event there. Unfortunately, despite being a great…