There's not a day that goes by that I don't get to connect two people who can really benefit from a simple introduction. It's what I truly love about what I do. Seeing the relationships grow and witnessing the collaborations that happen as a result. The beautiful thing about our coworking community is that we have experts in all fields sharing a space together. Do you know what the other members do? Do they know what your specialty is?
I encourage you to try to meet someone new every time you come in to The TOP. Check out our Networking•Conexiones events, our Power Breakfasts every Monday at 8:30AM. They are truly a lot of fun and filled with amazing people. So next time you are in the neighborhood, please drop by and enjoy an authentic "cafe de olla" (Mexican coffee). We brew it all day. Then stay and cowork for the day and meet your future neighbors. We can't wait to meet you.
A few months ago Jess Roth, our then Community Development Director at The TOP attended Radiate Phoenix and immediately was inspired once again by the movement to keep supporting local. As a native Phoenician she loves all things Phoenix based. Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Retail Stores, the list goes on and on. Keeping our money in Arizona is so important for our local economy. Did you know that coworking is also a great way to keep it local? Of course, The TOP is a local business... But more than that, we are supporting 50 local businesses and counting. We are providing resources to grow, network and promote local entrepreneurs. We have our own little garden of local greatness here. I encourage you to seek out ways to utilize each others goods and services.
Is your insurance through a local firm? Your portfolio planning? Where do you workout? Who does your taxes? Next, ask yourself the real question...Where is your money going for these services? Why can't it stay here with local businesses? IT CAN. The very community you are a part of can provide these services for you. Just ask!
If you are not familiar with the Local First movement, I encourage you to join this great community. At The Office Pile, we are a part of Phoenix. We are a part of you.
My friend Jorge had a dream. He wanted to start a business magazine targeted specifically to the Hispanic entrepreneur. This was a tall order, but not impossible. One of his many hurdles was to find an office space where he could meet his potential advertisers and clients. Starbucks was not doing it, and working from home was not providing the professional image he was yearning for. Every office space he visited required at least two month’s rent in advance, a security deposit, a credit check, and a two-year lease. They did not offer free high speed internet, copies, fax, snacks, coffee, beverages, meeting rooms, event hosting, networking events, or educational programs. He would have had to pay for all of these services separately (if they even offered them) in addition to the very expensive rent. Jorge had not sold one magazine and was already facing a deadline. He had a decision to make: is my dream financially feasible or not?
One day Jorge showed up at The Office Pile to sell ad space in his magazine. I asked if he had an office, he said no. I asked if he had a sample of his magazine, he did not. He only had a promise to sell. And then it occurred to me: Jorge is the prototypical TOP member; a tenacious entrepreneur in need of an environment where the start-up risk is so minimal and the space so inspiring that dreams have a fighting chance to become real. Jorge did not know that a place like The TOP existed. After he toured our office he immediately fell in love. That day Jorge became a member and Nosotros Magazine was born.
Today, Jorge meets regularly with his prospective clients and holds strategy meetings in one of the 8 different work environments offered at The TOP. He treats his clients to a delicious “café de olla” (Mexican coffee), free snacks, and enjoys touring our very own Ático Galleria which displays stunning works of art by local urban painters.
His dream is now a reality. And we are proud to have contributed in a small part to his success.
Since August 2014 over 100 companies and entrepreneurs have joined The Office Pile. The TOP is the fastest-growing coworking space in Phoenix and the only culturally diverse coworking space in the nation. Like Jorge, we too have ambitious dreams and plans. And as we grow, we would like to contribute to your growth by sharing our space with your dreams. Come and share your dreams with us.
We are proud to be a part of Phoenix. We are proud to be a part of you.
Founder of The TOP