Coworking for Non-profits

Coworking for Non-profits

You’ve heard of the benefits of coworking: it's a space away from home or the coffee shop, it's inexpensive, and it's a perfect place to network with and work alongside other professionals. These are huge advantages for start-ups, small businesses, and sole entrepreneurs alike. However, there's another group that can reap tremendous benefits from coworking: nonprofits. Here are just a few reasons why:

Q & A with Artist Erica Parrott

On Saturday, August 24th, COWORKQC is hosting a gallery for the very talented local artist Erica Parrott. We adore Erica and are amazed by her work! We took a minute to ask her a few questions. Read her responses here and then stop by to meet her in person!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN THE QCA?

I grew up in Moline, moved to Milwaukee for school, then spent 8 years in Naples, FloridaM before moving back the the Quad Cities in 2015.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AN ARTIST?

I’ve been drawing since I was a little kid. My mom always encouraged me and we would draw together.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

I am inspired by interesting faces, uncommon color combinations, and graphic elements mixed with natural or more subtle parts. I love 1970s portrait painting, Alice Neel, Alex Katz, Barkley Hendricks…and design and illustration from that era, as well as Peter Max and Corita Kent.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?

I think my work is personal and vulnerable. It’s hard to know how it looks from the outside.

WHAT ARE YOU READING / WATCHING / LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

I’ve been listening to a Spotify playlist from an old friend. And lately I love Weyes Blood, and this band I recently found called Kacy and Clayton. And Judy Collins, Fairport Convention vibes…so pretty.

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Member Spotlight: Leslie, Amy, & Kelly

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Today we are highlighting ourselves, yay! The three of us are the ones behind CoworkQC, and honestly y’all, it’s a lot of fun. We asked ourselves the questions we ask our members for these Member Spotlight posts, and the answers are below!

Leslie Klipsch:

What do you do? I'm a founder and co-owner of COWORKQC, co-host a podcast called Mama Bear Dares, author of the book Mama Bear's Manifesto, and director of communications for an NGO working East Africa.
How long have you lived in the QC? 12 years
Fave place to get coffee/beer/food in the Quad Cities? So many favorites! Soi 2 (and 3!), Lemongrass, Mantra, Los Primos. Coffee is my lifeblood and I will never say no to Redband.
How do you like to spend your time when you aren't at CoworkQC?
I love hanging out with my family and friends, reading on my porch, and planning our next family adventure.

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Amy Sivertsen:

What do you do?
I'm a founder and owner of COWORKQC. I am also do finances and bookkeeping for non-profits, and am in the very early stages of launching a start-up.

How long have you lived in the QC?
I have lived in the QC for 14 years. I went to Jr High and High School in Bettendorf, attended Augustana College, and settled in Moline.

Fave place to get coffee/beer/food in the Quad Cities?
I make it a point to go around to as many local coffee shops as possible, but I end up mostly at our downtown Davenport businesses. My go-to restaurants are Lemongrass, La Rancherita 2, and Ruby's before the flood - can't wait for them to reopen!

How do you like to spend your time when you aren't at CoworkQC?
I spend a lot of time planning and executing epic road trips for my family, reading and learning about the world, and keeping up with small kids.

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Kelly Hancock:

What do you do?
I'm a graphic designer and run a custom wedding invitations business called Noted Design. I'm also a co-owner of COWORKQC, and I handle all the design & marketing stuff as well as coordinating the rotating artist gallery.

How long have you lived in the Quad Cities?
My husband and I moved here from Chicago in 2008. He's from Northern Idaho, and I grew up in Bloomington, Illinois.

Fave place to get coffee/beer/food in the Quad Cities?
As vegans, we frequent a few places regularly: Chipotle, Lemongrass, and Mantra. I love the cocktails at RAW and will drink coffee from anywhere as long as it's hot!

How do you like to spend your time when you aren't at CoworkQC?
My favorite thing to do is hang with friends while our kids keep each other occupied. But for "me time", I love to play tennis and ping pong and travel whenever possible.

Member Spotlight: Josh Kunde

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After a two-year hiatus, we are starting the blog back up again at COWORKQC! Do people still read blogs in 2019? We aren’t sure, but either way we are going to kick this party off with some quick posts highlighting our truly remarkable members. First up, Josh Kunde:

What do you do? / Where is your work based?

I provide environmental consulting for Brownfield Environmental Engineering, and we are based out of Beloit, Wisconsin. Some of our services include remediation & redevelopment, engineering and construction, asbestos, lead, mold, environmental compliance, due diligence and site assessments, waste management and materials disposal, and health and safety, among others.

Where do you live? / How long have you lived in the QC?

I currently live in Davenport. I have lived here since October 2018. But I also lived here for a couple years back in 2009-2011 while attending St. Ambrose.

Fave place to get coffee/beer/food in the Quad Cities?

Armored Gardens and Five Cities Brewing for beer;
Wings from The Filling Station.

What is your super power or something you excel at?

The skillful art of fish-keeping. I have a couple freshwater, planted aquariums which I enjoy experimenting with and maintaining.

How do you like to spend your time when you aren't at CoworkQC?

I enjoy spending my summers on the golf course.

What are you looking forward to doing this summer in the QCA?

Spending more time outdoors either biking or kayaking and exploring new places.

Future professional dreams + goals?

Retired on a golf course. But really, someday I would like to do work with small scale renewable energy for homes and businesses.

Art Gallery Opening This Weekend!

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Often you'll hear a coworking space explained as an office space for small businesses, start-ups, and individuals. This is definitely true, but we believe coworking is so much more. It's not just about having a physical space to work; it's about having a community to work amongst. Coworking is about connections between local professionals, artists, freelancers, and entrepreneurs—people who are self-motivated and often earning an income through their own creativity and drive.

At COWORKQC, we have just about as an eclectic a group of people as you'll find. Our members are doing outstanding and interesting work and we could not be more proud of all they accomplish. As we provide a community and beautiful space for them to work, we also do what we can to make all of our their lives better through promoting local businesses, encouraging members to get out and try neighborhood eateries and breweries, and supporting local retailers and festivals.

During an exciting weekend in downtown Davenport, we are happy to announce our first gallery opening. We hope this becomes the first of many gallery events that sponsor and support local artists. COWORKQC is all about giving people a start, whether it's a start at new friendships, professional networks, or a broader audience for your business or art. 

This month at COWORKQC Davenport-based artist Marie Stephens will be displaying a collection of her most recent passion: beloved pooches. Marie is in tune with the personalities of pets, understands the bond between pet and owner, and loves to translate that to the canvas. She has hosted a contest to collect pooch portraits to display at her gallery opening on August 26th (National Dog Day!) and we're delighted to share them with you.

We invite you to come downtown on the 26th and stop by our open house, where you can enjoy the work of a talented artist, a glass of wine, and an appetizer or two. Click HERE for more information and to RSVP. (Friendly dogs are welcome.)

InnovateHER: 5 Things to Know

1. InnovateHER is a national pitch competition for businesses and organizations working to empower/better/enhance the lives of women.

2. Small competitions are taking place all over the country. The top 10 will get to pitch to a panel in Washington D.C. for a chance to win up to $70K.

3. Cedar Rapids' NewBoCo has organized the applications for the State of Iowa, making it easy to enter and pitch ideas in front of many audiences and panels. Contestants fill out ONE application and select locations. Apply Here! 

4.  Brought to you by Ignite Quad Cities, COWORKQC is the host location for the Eastern Iowa competition. The competition is Tuesday, April 25 at 6:00PM. 

5.   The competition is FREE and open to the public!  All are welcome to see what innovators of Iowa are up to!

Still have questions? Learn more about InnovateHER HERE.

Member Feature: The Legacy Project

After winning a three-month membership as part of our grand opening celebration, COWORKQC is now the official home to The Legacy Project. The brand new nonprofit has extended its membership and made themselves at home.

Four Reasons to Join an Industry Collaborative

Perhaps you, too, crave a space where you can share ideas with other professionals in your specific line of work. After several meetings with the Indy Hall Coworking Braintrust, here's why I believe stepping into a community collaborative—whether online or down the street—is something everyone can benefit from:

Coworking through Disaster

At COWORKQC, we have intentionally created a community of people who, as we like to say, “work alone, together.” This is obvious everyday as we observe people brainstorming, collaborating, walking down the street to grab lunch, hiring one another, and generally enjoying the workday together. This sense of kinship is evident on the most average day, but was even more so last Monday night when a disaster took place outside our space and literally flew right through our window.