COWORKTAMPA WINS 2018 COWORKER MEMBERS’ CHOICE AWARD FOR COWORKING SPACES

CoWorkTampa today announced it has been recognized as winner of the 2018 Coworker Members’ Choice Award for Tampa, Florida. Members’ Choice award winners were determined based on the thousands of reviews, votes and opinions collected in a single year from coworking space members worldwide.

Commenting on the achievement, founder Chris Arnoldi said, “For the past seven years we have continuously upgraded and expanded our space. Starting with just over 4,000 square feet, we are now completing our 5th expansion and have a workspace that is nearly 20,000 square feet. What’s most exciting is that over the next six months our members will see some of our best improvements yet; including updating our entrance and bathrooms, as well as transforming one of our multiple coworking spaces into more of a business lounge. Our members speak, we listen, then execute. Exciting times ahead for the CoWorkTampa brand!”

“Coworker is excited to announce the winners of the 2018 Members’ Choice Awards and celebrate the coworking spaces around the world that are making an impact in their community”, said Leanne Beesley, CEO of Coworker. “By putting a spotlight on coworking spaces that are providing a great environment and creating a community for their members, Coworker gives coworking spaces both large and small the ability to shine and attract new members.”

Want to become a CoWorkTampa member? Schedule a tour today.

About CoWorkTampa
CoWorkTampa is a creative community of entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote employees, working together to achieve maximum productivity. Founded in 2012, CoWorkTampa provides members with a comfortable work environment to complete projects, launch start-ups, and build businesses without distractions. It’s a one-of-a-kind workspace for like-minded professionals.

About Coworker
Coworker, the member-powered platform for the global coworking community, enables people to find & connect with their perfect coworking space wherever they are in the world.

TEN 2017 UPGRADES

We are incredibly proud of all the upgrades we have made around here, and it’s all thanks to YOU! Our members are always making great suggestions and thanks to the growth we’ve experienced in the last year we have been able to expand and grow more than ever before. Here’s what we’ve been able to accomplish this year (so far!):

Phone Booths
We understand not everyone needs a private office every day, but there are certainly moments when you need a quiet space to make a call or host a web conference. Complete with VoIP phones and Ethernet cords, these booths are ready for you.

Vending Machine
Snack craving during the day? We’ve all been there. Now, thanks to our new tastibot vending machine you can grab a healthy (but equally delicious) snack or drink anytime you want.

Better Coffee
You might expect coffee at any coworking facility, but do you expect good coffee? If you’re at CoWorkTampa, you should. We now proudly serve coffee from Zeal Coffee Roasters, an organic local coffee brand.

More Coworking Tables
We want everyone to have plenty of space to work, so we’ve added seven new coworking tables complete with ethernet ports to accommodate everyone.

Larger Kitchen Area
Our kitchen area is a great space to relax and have a conversation with a fellow coworker. Now, you’ve got more room than ever including more counter space.

New 70″ Presentation Screen
Giving a presentation? We’ve now got a new 70” screen you can use for projecting your PowerPoint or video.

Second Pool Table
At CoWorkTampa, we value work and play. Check out our new second pool table and take a break with a coworker- you deserve it.

Premium Dedicated Desks
Our new dedicated desks give you your own space, complete with dividers, file cabinets, and extra chairs for meetings.

Additional 5,000 Square Feet
We’ve expanded! To make room for all our great members we’ve added 5,000 square feet of space to accommodate more coworking tables, private offices, dedicated desks, phone booths, and more.

13 More Private Offices
For those of you who want your own private space to get work done, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got 13 new private offices, bringing our overall total to 31!

DREAMIT SELECTS COWORKTAMPA AS HEADQUARTERS FOR NEW URBANTECH ACCELERATOR

Leading startup accelerator Dreamit has selected CoWorkTampa as the office space for their newest vertical. Working together with Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, Dreamit is launching UrbanTech, a program focused on technologies and innovations impacting the development and management of real estate, city infrastructure, and aspects of how individuals and companies interact within an urban setting.

CoWorkTampa, located in the historic Garcia & Vega Cigar Factory, is a coworking space founded in 2012. It has grown into one of the standout facilities in Tampa for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and remote employees. With nearly 15,000 square feet of office space, CoWorkTampa provides its members with a combination of private offices, conference rooms, open coworking spaces, private phone booths, and more.

Dreamit is the latest company to select CoWorkTampa for their office space. Other Notable companies whose employees have leased the space include:

With this latest addition, CoWorkTampa has solidified itself as a leader in coworking in Tampa, a rising tech hub. As more entrepreneurs and small businesses flock to the city, the need for a facility that can not only provide them with office space, but also inspire creativity and innovation, is a must. For many, CoWorkTampa has been just the right fit.

Founder Chris Arnoldi says of the space, “CoWorkTampa represents many of Tampa’s finest for-profit entrepreneurs and employees at some of the world’s largest companies. One thing that members always tell me is that our space is constantly improving.”

UrbanTech is set to launch in September of 2017.

To learn more about CoWorkTampa, click here.

Free Workspace for Those Impacted by Hurricane Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew approaches the East Coast, we’ve decided to open our doors to those individuals impacted by the storm. If you are in need of a workspace, CoWorkTampa will be free for you to use for the next two weeks.

We understand the frustrations of being displaced during a storm, but we hope CoWorkTampa will be a great place to get some work done until things return to normal.

Sending a special thanks to Uhsome.com for helping make this possible. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Wishing everyone a safe and productive week!

Internship at CoWorkTampa

This is my second summer internship experience, however it feels like the first time. Last year I worked at a multinational bank, where I would sit at my small desk and perform statistical analysis. It’s funny how our paths sometimes go in completely different directions; how our preferences change. I’ve always liked marketing and the entrepreneurship environment, and CoWorkTampa combines both worlds.

Right now, I am mostly helping Chris and Ryan to keep their social media platforms updated, which is very interesting, as social media is used by almost all of the business in the U.S. It is a great tool to market yourself, keep track of your advertising investments, and especially, create a bond between the business and the customer. If a business can use social media effectively through things like providing quick responses to inquiries and frequently producing new material, there will be a strong positive correlation between social media use and client retention in the long run.

However, learning new skills is just 3% of the task of an intern, the other 97% is networking. We still live in a people’s world, where the most powerful tool you can have is interpersonal skills to create new relationships with others. I can’t think of a better place to meet new people than CoWorkTampa, as they provide office space to a diverse number of well-known companies and start-ups, giving me the opportunity to meet great entrepreneurs. Another important identity shift all interns (including myself) should make is to become more internally oriented, as opposed to externally oriented, meaning we should take full responsibility for the outcomes in our life and become the action takers. Blaming external factors for everything that happens to us just strengthens the ego.

CoWork Tampa to be Trump Tampa HQ

Most political campaigns seek out small vacant storefronts or strip malls to temporarily set up shop locally.

Usually, these are not-so-aesthetically pleasing (or particularly desirable) setups with dead wires coming out of the floors, cheap office furniture set up in a not-so-feng shui manner and blank walls that seem to hum in the glow of fluorescent lighting.

After all, they won’t be there very long, so why get hung up on aesthetics?

Not so for the Tampa leg of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, though.

That campaign, which should be kicking into gear after Super Tuesday and ahead of the March 15 Florida primary, has instead chosen to go the hip route: it’s rented space at CoWork Tampa, a locally owned spot where professionals (typically, ones who work remotely) can rent workspace rather than contend with noise and shoddy wifi at a nearby coffee shop.

It’s not the first time CoWork Tampa has been the site of political events, at least on the local level. Tampa City Councilman Guido Maniscalco held multiple events there during his run and to celebrate his victory.

Politics aside, having Trump’s campaign staff working the phones and basing their ground game out of the West Tampa site is a big deal for Chris Arnoldi, co-owner of the space, given the attention it brings the site.

“I think it’s great,” he said. “I’d probably have to pay thousands of dollars to get this kind of press.”

So, how did he land that deal?

Basically, someone he works with is a Trump supporter. Said supporter reached out to local campaign officials.

“And that got pushed up all the way to one of his senior advisors,” Arnoldi said.

Since they announced the Trump campaign would be setting up shop there, they’ve been catching grief on social media from Tump’s critics. After all, a place like CoWork seems to be tailored toward Millenials — not exactly a popular demographic for Trump (we admit we may have made ajoke or two about the larger-than-life candidate here and there as well).

Some have gone so far as to say they’ll never use the space again.

Arnoldi said he hopes people see the space, which has also hosted staff from the likes of Nike, Tesla, Solar City, Lyft, Special Olympics, American Society for Suicide Prevention, as politically neutral.

“In the past our space has shown support for both Democrats and Republicans,” he said.