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How To: Make a Small Collaborative Work Space

By Sarah | December 15, 2014
furniture assembly

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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We’re raising funds on IndieGoGo!

By Sarah | August 26, 2014

Hi folks! The end of summer is near, and here at Groundwork we’ve got our game faces on. We launched our official fundraising campaign on the IndieGoGo platform last night. We will be hard at work rolling out our campaign strategy over the next thirty days and we’d love your support.

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Why Coworking is Good for your Business

By Sarah | July 18, 2014

We’re so excited about launching Groundwork! because we believe it will be a catalyst to a healthy local economy in New Bedford. What exactly does that mean? We want creative and hard-working people to have a place where they can get inspiration and support to launch their own business. Let’s be honest, starting a business is daunting: Should I be an LLC or S Corp? Do I need insurance? Should I take out a loan or seek investors? How the hell to I market myself? File taxes?

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Groundwork! is under construction

By Dena | July 17, 2014
Open doors to Groundwork!

Construction is taking place at Groundwork! Construction workers have been working hard taking down walls, restoring the electrical and making all efforts to revitalize the space for Groundwork to move in!  The natural light is now flooding in through all of the windows, revealing the beautiful open space, wooden floors and beams.  We are slowly learning…

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