Kevin Maillet

Member Spotlight: Kevin Maillet

A true New Bedford native, Kevin worked his way from selling swordfish in restaurant kitchens to crunching data at national banks. Kevin’s story is inspiring, and he is on a mission to empower others to embark on a career in data science.

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Teams that Thrive: EforAll

EforAll exemplifies teamwork– not only amongst themselves, but in the way they involve the community in all aspects of their programs: from mentoring, to reading applications, to interviews. It is always fun to watch the members of each accelerator cohort grow to know and support each other on their journey.

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GotChew Team

Teams that Thrive: GotChew Food Delivery

“No matter what happens, whether it’s petty fights or major disagreements on important decisions, don’t let that get in the way of your friendship and cloud your judgement about the matter at hand. Your team is your biggest support in your endeavor and you’re all working towards the same goal.”

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South Coast Almanac at Gifts to Give

Teams that Thrive: South Coast Almanac

“Don’t let things fester. Talk it through. A team can be like a family so there is a tendency to let slights/resentments build up. Don’t let that happen. Just calmly put it out there when you’re not happy about something. It may not change things, but it will avoid the accumulation of quiet negativity which kills things.”

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Coworking on the weekends is here. Get a Groundwork! weekend pass:

Have you been wanting to check out coworking at Groundwork! – but haven’t had the opportunity during the regular work week?

The Groundwork! Weekend Pass is your ticket to coworking this winter.

During the month of February, Groundwork! will be open to guests on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day for a special non-member, guest rate of $40 for one entire weekend or $25 for any weekend day of your choosing.

Got a start-up business plan to write? Working on a thesis or school project? Been contemplating writing a novel? Or, do you just want to beat cabin fever and get some work done on the weekend – without the temptation to binge-watch on Netflix?

Whatever your need, spacious tables, fast wi-fi and hot coffee await you. GW member and  blogger Steven Froias will be here to greet you and get you settled in.

Swing by at your leisure and get your pass when you arrive any Saturday or Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on these  dates:

  • Sat. Feb. 3 & Sun. Feb. 4
  • Sat. Feb. 10 & Sun. Feb. 11
  • Sat. Feb. 17 & Sun. Feb. 18
  • Sat. Feb. 24 & Sun. Feb. 15

The weekend pass is good for one weekend. Credit or debit cards accepted, or cash. You will receive a Groundwork Guest password upon arrival to access wi-fi. Staff will be present to greet you and provide any assistance you may need.

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m.

Please use the Maxfield Street entrance. Groundwork! is located in the Quest Center at 1213 Purchase Street, New Bedford and street parking is abundant on weekends.

Please note: No other special promotions or discounts can be applied to the Weekend Pass. Free day passes do not apply to weekends.

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Megan Zydel

The Freelancers Union

Okay, so you’re sitting at home day after day writing code or press releases, designing logos, or maybe running several social media sites at once for a variety of clients. You are in command and master of your own destiny, for sure – but heavy lies the crown when you’re all alone.

In New Bedford, the co-working facility Groundwork! came along to help relieve you of your burden with a bright wonderful space full of bright wonderful people.

But we’d never stop there – and haven’t. In addition to the scores of workshops, socials and special events Groundwork! has offered to members and often the public over the last year, we also feel a deep sense of going above and beyond with connecting you with all sorts of information you may find of use keeping yourself a going concern.

The Freelancers Union falls into that category. It’s another tool to put into your gig economy toolbox and have handy should it be needed.

The Freelancers Union calls New York home but is isn’t a Local; it’s nation-wide – and offers some real benefits – for free!

Here’s some background, from At Freelancers Union, we strive to make freelancing better now and in the future through joint benefits, live member events, expert guides, and online networking opportunities.

Freelancers Union gives independent workers a powerful voice through political action, research, and thought leadership. We aim to ensure that independent contractors receive adequate rights, protections and professional benefits.”

One of the ways that Freelancers Union is ensuring that is a reality is by leading a campaign to pass local, municipal legislation for Freelancers – a Freelancing Isn’t Free Act for every city and town.

It just scored an important victory. It passed in New York City! You can read all about it in this New York Times story, which states, “The bill represents one of the earliest policy efforts to grapple directly with the growth in the so-called gig economy — a term that typically refers to the likes of temporary workers, contract workers, independent contractors and freelance workers.”

Now, it’s New Bedford’s turn.

Groundwork! Has reached out to New Bedford City Councilor-At-Large Ian Abreu, also Manager of Business Development & Public Policy at the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, and asked him if he’d be interested in introducing a local version of the act here. He replied, “Absolutely! This is very progressive and I am happy to bring this issue to light.”

What should a local version of the Freelancing Isn’t Free Act contain? That’s up to us – and to help us reach some decisions, Groundwork! Has invited Abreu and area freelancers to a lunch-time discussion around the topic on Thursday, Dec. 1. You can RSVP here.

So, read up on the Freelance Isn’t Free Act via the links in this story and think about what would be helpful to you as a Freelancer on a local level. Then join us at noon on Thurs. Dec 1 – and remember: if the gig economy gets you down, don’t give it up. Groundwork! Is here to help.