I own my own business. I have only owned the business for a year, and have struggled to no end with getting it off the ground. From general accounting and law related issues, to the alienation and frustration from working at home, I honestly was not enjoying my situation as much as I thought I would have. While I still own my own business, I also recently started working here at thinkspace.

Let me tell you folks, and this is straight from the heart: I had no idea how important it is for entrepreneurs to surround themselves with other entrepreneurs. My view and understanding of the way a sole business owner operates, and has the potential to operate has done a complete 180. I now feel like climbing the tallest mountain around, and yelling down to all of the entrepreneurs that are floundering about “YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORK THAT WAY ANYMORE”. At this point you are wondering what on earth I am talking about, what IS a community of entrepreneurs, and what is the big deal. OK, allow me to explain why my view of entrepreneurship has shifted so radically.

When Immersed in a Community of Entrepreneurs, you could:

  • Have the ability to ask each other for help
  • Have seemingly endless referral and networking opportunities
  • Have focus, drive, and organization
  • Be immersed in an energy and buzz that could never be found at home or in a coffee shop
  • Have opportunities to partner and collaborate with each other
  • Have access to intensive educational seminars by Industry superstars

I happen to know of a place like this… e’hem!

Honestly, this is not a sales-pitch for thinkspace (click HERE for information and to purchase office space from thinkspace) <– just kidding. No really, the boss doesn’t even know I am writing this. I just wanted to share this intense, real and amazing new energy surrounding me.

If you would like to know more about us, what we do, and why, please feel free to call or email any time. We would love to show you around or invite you to an event or party. We care about you, and want you to succeed [insert big thinkspace hug here].

The Eastside Business Journal published an article about thinkspace on May 22.  The full article can be found here.  Here are a few highligts from the article.

Thanks to thinkspace, almost any small start-up company can overcome daunting obstacles, costs and compliance issues to become a certified “green” business from day one. 

“Many small businesses find it advantageous to market themselves as ‘green’,” states Mary Benz, Vice President of Operations at thinkspace.  “thinkspace makes this green opportunity available to any size business.”

I’m am quoted as saying “Fortune 500 companies can build LEED certified office space if they choose but for the small guy, it is much more difficult. ”

A variety of office sizes and configurations are available, ranging from single offices to 1,000 sq. feet of space for a team of employees.  Additionally, “coworking space” is an option that makes shared-space available on a daily or monthly fee basis.

On page 7 of the May 23-29, 2008 edition of the Puget Sound Business Journal, Thinkspace is highlighted as a new Eastside executive office suite.

The PSBJ commercial real estate reporter Jeanne Lang Jones tells the story of Thinkspace how we are seeking LEED silver certification, how we used HEPA filters to control dust during demolition and how we recycled 97.7% of our demolition debris.  She also mentions that we have energy efficient lighting and our goal of reducing our energy costs by about 30%.  She also states “Besides using nontoxic (low or no VOC) paints, recycled carpet and energy efficient lighting, Chee is also providing tenants with bike racks, a shower and changing room and a charging station for electric cars.”

I’m being quoted saying “It’s better space at the same price our competition charges.”  In the article, a tenant of Thinkspace is quoted, “It’s the nicest Class A space in downtown Redmond…An office with sustainable features like this is just not available to small businesses…For entrepreneurs, it is an affordable way to limit their carbon footprint.”

If you have a online subscription to the Puget Sound Business Journal, you can read the whole article here.  If you don’t, contact me.