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Member Spotlight: Doug Lane

By Sarah | February 5, 2015

“My job sometimes brings me to more trendy places like New York City and Silicon Valley. They are great places, but I find them a bit phony at times. New Bedford has a realness to it. We all know that it’s not perfect, but it’s a one-of-a-kind place filled with many creative and hard-working people.”

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How To: NOT Waste Time on Social Media

By Sarah | January 13, 2015
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Time is precious if you run your own business. Here are five tips from our experience at Groundwork! that will help you make the most of your time on social media.

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The Startup Life: Great Doubt, Great Faith, and Great Effort

By Sarah | January 7, 2015
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Great faith, great doubt, and great effort are the three pillars of Zen practice, and are useful for any entrepreneur. Light the fire of your doubt and faith and your effort will follow…

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How To: Make a Small Collaborative Work Space

By Sarah | December 15, 2014
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In case you missed the news, the Groundwork BETA space is open for business. This small but inviting office suite presented a unique challenge: how do we turn a small space into a dynamic and inviting work environment? Read on to learn what we did.

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Groundwork! Gets TDI Grant from MassDevelopment

By Sarah | December 8, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that our space on the first floor of the Quest Center will be remodeled with the help of a $150K grant from MassDevelopment. Groundwork! partnered with the New Bedford Economic Development Council (NBEDC) and the City of New Bedford to apply for a grant from the Transformative Development Fund, which…

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The Startup Life: On Tribes and Building Community

By Sarah | October 29, 2014

Our farm-to-table dinner was a success! Dena and I were pleased that the food turned out well, but we were even more excited to see the seeds of the Groundwork tribe take root. Finally we were able to bring people together in real life, and facilitate connections. And this is what coworking is all about!

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How To: Make Marketing Fun (Hint: use video)

By Sarah | September 30, 2014

It is always nice when the marketing message of a business is congruent with the business itself. In other words, our actions and values should line up with the way we project ourselves. Our aim was such in the recent series of videos we produced to promote our IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign. And we sure had a lot of fun doing it…

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What I like about Crowdfunding

By Sarah | September 16, 2014
Groundwork #14

We’re almost through with our crowdfunding campaign. No matter what happens in the next few days, I’m glad we took the plunge. We’ve built a stronger sense of purpose and identity as a company since we started this whole thing. We’ve reached new perspective members, we’ve connected with old friends… heck, we’re even planning a culinary foray into farm-to-table cooking. So thanks for coming along for the ride thus far, and stay tuned for some fun videos in the coming days. It ain’t over yet, baby!

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The Startup Life: Floor plans, tweets, and getting discouraged

By Sarah | September 10, 2014
roof video shoot

I had heard that running a startup was the hardest thing I’d ever do, and I’m starting to understand why. And I have a sneaking suspicion that Dena and I are just scratching the surface. So for your entertainment and my personal catharsis, I will be blogging some personal thoughts, experiences, and lessons from the life of a startup right here.

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Join us for a farm-to-table feast!

By Sarah | September 2, 2014
Farm to table

Hey everyone! So we’re halfway to our funding goal on IndieGoGo. To keep the momentum going, Dena and I decided to add a farm-to-table dinner as one of the perks for contributing. Contribute $200 and you and a guest will join us for a farm-to-table dinner served at Dena’s farmhouse in Berkley, MA. We’re talking a five course vegetarian feast, featuring organic veggies grown by Dena and lovingly prepared by both of us.

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