Coffee and Coworking Was a Success!

When we planned the first Coffee and Coworking event, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. But, that’s part of the fun of doing something new. There was a nice turnout for our inaugural event. There were several interesting conversations, including planning for South Bend’s participation in the Day of Civic Hacking (stay tuned for more details). Some folks worked on independent projects, and others collaborated. Some people flowed between those two activities.

The consensus was that there was enough value to have another Coffee and Coworking event. Our next event will be May 1, from 9:00 to 1:00 at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe. Sign up for the May 1st Coffee and Coworking on The Branch’s Facebook page.

What was worked on?

Here are a few of the people and projects that were present. As you can see, it’s a group of individuals with diverse skills and activities, yet with knowledge to share with each other.

Copy Katz DesignsAngela Temple, owner of Copy Katz Designs stained glass painting, had information about her business and shared some tips for where she gets marketing collateral produced.

A number of folks (Doug Hill, Beth Harsch, and others) contributed to planning the first South Bend’s participation in the national Day of Civic Hacking. Stay tuned for more details on that event. We do know that the event will be on Saturday, June 1, so mark your calendar now.

Beth Harsch is founder of ConnectHelp. ConnectHelp sprung out of Startup Weekend South Bend in 2012 with a mission of connecting people to the help they need.It is exciting to see the continued development of that service since the conclusion of Startup Weekend.

Andrew Elegante was working on activities related to the State Theater and Crowd Funding.

John Goodson, investigator for the North Central Indiana Human Trafficking Task Force, was present. We had some good conversations about his work as well as coworking.

Jared Short, owner of Simplexly, a South Bend technology consulting company, was present and worked on his business as well as contributed to various conversations.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that The Branch also updated some marketing collateral, discussed needs of people not just for coworking but for the private office space we will have available, and Agile Coaching work that Dan Neumann does.

See you all in May!

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