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5 Reasons Why You Should Work From a Historic Mill

Working out of a historic mill is a little different than the “typical” 9-5 grind, but those of us who work here absolutely wouldn’t have it any other way! Here are 5 of the top reasons why you should consider moving your company or small business to a historic mill site, like the Lafayette Mill!

1.) It Sure Beats the Cubicle: Since they’re built upon so much rich history, mills have a much different feel than a florescent-lit, white-walled cubicle. The Lafayette Mill has countless spaces with exposed brick, original woodwork and architectural features, and natural lighting. At the Lafayette Mill, the relaxing sounds of the waterfall and chickens next door can be heard in the background. There’s also miles of walking/running trails in a town owned park available to mill tenants!

At the Lafayette Mill, there is also a ton of programming available to tenants! Mill tenants love The Hive RI’s Lunch & Learn program, which features a different mini-presentation each week, Pause at the Mill wellness studio with all kinds of classes from yoga to core strengthening, as well as the Mill’s new Food Truck Thursdays, which brings in local food trucks around lunchtime each Thursday.

2.) It’s Super Cost-Effective: Rent for a professional space at a mill is very affordable! At least it is at the Lafayette Mill. For most of the available spaces at the Mill at Lafayette, HVAC, electricity, and wifi are included with rent!

The Lafayette Mill currently has a new tenant special: sign and make your deposit by September 1st, 2016 and get a month’s rent FREE! Learn more here.

3.) The Countless Benefits of Shared Service Offerings: Many office tenants at a mill feel a strong sense of community with their fellow tenants, which is another reason why mill workplaces are so unique. In a mill office community, you’re likely to find a variety of business professionals, from accountants who appreciate the historic mill aesthetic, to eccentric artists who find inspiration in the mill’s natural lighting and exposed brick. This is advantageous to all involved – if you ever need a new website built, there’s probably a web developer right down the hall from you, or if you ever need advice on a project, your peers in the office next door are usually happy to help!

4.) It’s All About Community: As mentioned above, office tenants at a mill are usually bound by a strong sense of community, which in itself has many advantages for employee retention and morale. Building a community, rather than just a workplace, is something that more and more companies are striving to do, as many of the top companies are showing that this is an excellent way to increase overall company performance.

The Lafayette Mill has a thriving community! Office tenants rave about the unique comradery and community that has been bred here.

5.) You’re a Part of History: And finally, if you are an office tenant at a historic mill, you’re ultimately a part of something much larger than yourself. Not only are you working in a unique space with an amazing community behind you, but you are helping to preserve an important part of history. Putting historic mills to good use and preserving them carefully ensures that they will be admired and put to good use for many years to come.

Interested in joining a historic mill community? Be sure to contact us at the Mill at Lafayette before our new tenant special ends! 

Weekly BUZZ – “Revenue Rollercoaster” Lunch & Learn

This Thursday’s Lunch & Learn:

Join us this Thursday, noon-1:00, to learn ‘Six Steps To Getting Over The Revenue Rollercoaster with Dawn Quesnel’.
If you are a business development professional, a creative entrepreneur, small business owner, or solo-preneur and you feel like you rarely have much of a balance in your work/life, this lunch and learn is for you. Some months your revenue is up, and some months it’s down. You want more consistency from your business and you are tired of riding the revenue roller coaster. In this workshop you will learn exactly what you need to do AND how much time you need to be spending on it each week.
• This method is proven to help you fill the pipeline 50% faster
• Learn strategies to help you work on your highest dollar per hour value task.
• Key insights for developing systems to keep your sales pipeline going while you sleep.
Learn more & register here.

Food Trucks:

Food Truck Thursdays are still in the works but a little bumpy for the next couple of weeks! Elwood’s Dog House will be back again this week & I heard the cheeseburgers with bacon were AWESOME. We have to wait until September 15th but we’re excited to announce Open Season Food Truck will be starting then! Stop by the Mill at Lafayette for lunch! *They’ll be parked around back!

Blog:

Have you checked out our blogs? We have the www.millatlafayette.com website chock full of information (including our blogs) in case you’re in the mood to peruse!

Exercise at the Mill?

Check out our Fb page for Pause at the Mill and please feel free to share. We have classes listed as ‘events’ – take a 1/2 hour or more to just ‘pause’ and recharge your battery…*New Schedule here!

Community

Join our Mill at Lafayette community…we are offering a really great special – sign a lease by 9/1 and get your first month’s rent FREE! Reach out to: tuni@trsstrategies.com or call Mike at 401-255-7413. Here’s a list of available spaces open within the mill. There’s a video on this page that shows the 3rd floor that is now ready!

Flex Office

Calling professionals (who only need an office one or two days per week)…we have one furnished flex office available starting 9/1 for $175 per month for 1-2 days per week. If you’re interested please let us know soon. We’re going to cap this shared office at 3 – email: tuni@trsstrategies.com.

Coworking Deal

And…don’t forget we continue to offer our awesome deal at The Hive RI – $100 monthly memberships for our coworking space – total access Monday thru Friday 9:00-5:00 & so much more!

Social Media

Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Fb – we share information there on a daily basis!

Art

Did you know we’re an Art Gallery? Stop by to see Cindy Wilson Photography (our photographer in residence here at the Mill) a permanent rotating show here at The Hive RI. She is such a busy lady with shows throughout the region on a regular basis, teaching photography to individuals and classes, and traveling the world with her Profundo Journeys groups but somehow she manages to keep our walls filled with beautiful works of art.

We recommend self guided tours anytime during regular coworking hours (Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00) and if you are interested in purchasing any artwork within our gallery – please email tuni@trsstrategies.com.

Weekly BUZZ – Food Truck Thursdays Begin THIS Thursday!

Coworking

Food Truck Thursdays…start this week!  Woohoo.
We are SO excited to announce Food Truck Thursdays are starting this Thursday!  Mark your calendars, tell your friends & stop by the Mill at Lafayette for lunch! *They’ll be parked around back!

Blog
Have you checked out our blogs?  We have the millatlafayette.com website chock full of information (including our blogs) in case you’re in the mood to peruse!

Exercise at the Mill?
Check out our Fb page for Pause at the Mill and please feel free to share.  We have classes listed as ‘events’ – take a 1/2 hour or more to just ‘pause’ and recharge your battery…*New Schedule here!

Networking & Business Development
Our Lunch & Learn program will start back up next Thursday, August 18th. We’ll be sharing presenters and more information in next Monday’s Weekly BUZZ!

Community
Join our Mill at Lafayette community…we are offering a really great special – sign a lease by 9/1 and get your first month’s rent FREE! Reach out to: tuni@trsstrategies.com or call 401-255-7413.  Here’s a list of available spaces open within the mill.  There’s a video on this page that shows the 3rd floor that is now ready!

Sales professionals (and others who only need an office one or two days per week)…we have one furnished flex office available starting 9/1 for $175 per month for 2 days per week.  If you’re interested please let us know as we already have one signed up and can only have 3-4 (there are only so many days to ‘share’ during the week!).  Email tuni@trsstrategies.com.

And…don’t forget we continue to offer our awesome deal at The Hive RI of $100 monthly memberships for our coworking space – total access Monday thru Friday 9:00-5:00 & so much more!

Social Media
Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Fb – we share information there on a daily basis!

Art
We are SO excited to announce…’it’s official, Cindy Wilson Photography (our photographer in residence here at the Mill) will be a permanent rotating show’ (on the left side where the internal offices are) here at The Hive RI.  She is such a busy lady with shows throughout the region on a regular basis, teaching photography to individuals and classes, and traveling the world with her Profundo Journeys groups but somehow she manages to keep our walls filled with beautiful works of art.

Michelle Gradus Parenteau’s Soul Awakening Art Show is still up too.  Only a couple of weeks left to check out her beautiful work before we set up the much anticipated Mill at Shady Lea artists’ show!

We recommend self-guided tours anytime during regular coworking hours (Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00) and if you are interested in purchasing any artwork within our gallery – please email tuni@trsstrategies.com.

The Hive RI and the Mill at Lafayette have very affordable space options, from open coworking space(s), to individual offices of differing sizes, to a private conference room, or you can even reserve the larger space(s) for your own events, presentations or workshops! 

Networking Tips – How to Make it Less Painful & More Beneficial!

Our friend Amy of Hub Digital Marketing is away on vacation this week, so The Hive queen bee Tuni filled in on Amy’s weekly newsletter & blog with some networking tips! 

I know many of you out there HATE the thought of having to network.  I bet some of you might have even gotten to the door of an event and literally turned around and headed back home?  I’m also willing to bet there are some of you out there, like me, that actually look forward to networking events?  Whether you’re an introvert, an extrovert, or even an ambivert – that’s actually a thing, ambivalent are those who fall relatively in the middle of being introverted and extroverted, it’s almost like being ambidextrous, but with your personality…whatever your personality type, we can all probably agree that networking to grow your business (or professional career) is important.   We’re here to give you some simple tips on how to make it less painful (for those of you that dread it) and more beneficial (for all).  Your time, money and energy are valuable – networking can and should be both fun and provide a solid ROI at the same time!

Let’s start at the beginning, peel back the layers of this onion and get right to the heart of the topic…what does networking really mean?  One definition of networking that is perfect in this context is: to interact with other people to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further one’s career. Pretty simple right?

Go away pain…

If you’re the type of person that is painfully shy, just isn’t super comfortable being in groups of people, or maybe you might find the mere thought of going to a networking event causes you anxiety – here are a few tips on how to alleviate the stress:

1. The Buddy System – How about finding someone to go with?  You might be able to find a colleague, a coworker, a friend or even an employee to tag along with you!
2. S.O.S .  Ask for Help- Talk to the organizer, director, or someone involved with the event – let them know that you see the potential value in attending their event but be honest about your stress. You are not alone, they’ll understand and they’ll probably be more than happy to help!  They might connect you with one of their veteran members or an ambassador in their organization that can introduce you around and sort of stay with you.
3. Practice Relaxation Techniques – Whether you’re skilled at mindfulness practices like breathing techniques or meditation (you can easily search for tips on these) or maybe you just need a glass of wine…find something that helps you relax a bit!  I know some great networkers that are comfortable around people and even enjoy events like this but we’re all human and sometimes we’re wound a little tight…even the best of us can benefit by having some tools in our toolbox to help us relax and ease into an event!

Time is money, make it count…

Now for our top 5 tried & true tips on how to use networking to grow your business (or career):

1. Find Your Tribe – The first thing to be mindful of, and something I often recommend to colleagues or clients, is to ‘find your tribe’.  I often suggest that it’s best to try before you buy – identify different organizations that might make sense to join and/or to get involved with then see what kinds of events are available for you to attend.  Go visit, make sure the people that attend seem like the type of people you can see yourself fitting in with, the events are run in a way that works for your personality and you can see that the investment might provide a return on investment.
2. Show Up – It’s more than just signing up for an event and physically being there.  When you’ve invested the time, money and energy to attend…you need to really be present, open and ready to make connections.
3. Be Authentic – I can’t stress this one enough!  Don’t be ‘that person’ that shows up to take 10 business cards and give 10 business cards…yucko!  We’re all people and I guarantee that if you’re authentic and open, you’ll make some pretty cool connections that turn into lasting relationships.  Most people are interesting if you take the time to listen – ask questions and be curious!
Not Everything is Black & White – Something that I believe wholeheartedly to be true is that not everything is a straight line!  For instance, you might meet me at an event and just because I might not need your service doesn’t mean I don’t know someone who does or will in the future…
4. Follow Up – You’ve identified different groups and picked events to attend.  You’ve attended, been present, authentic, curious, and you’ve made some great new connections…now what?  Follow up!  We are all different and all have different time management algorithms, habits and so on, right?  What works for me might not work the best for you but there is a basic routine you can follow then tweak along the way.  Let’s say you get home from an event, you’re energized and you’ve met 5 people that you’d like to stay connected with in hopes that it’ll develop into a lasting relationship of some sort?  Maybe you’ll become referral resources for each other or maybe it’s a great potential client for you?  Whatever the scenario, here are a few basic tips on follow-up:

5. Enter contact info into your database(s).
– Do a little social research – follow, like or connect!
– Send an email/note – I like to send an email that night or within a couple days myself letting them know ‘why’ I enjoyed meeting them (or seeing them again) and might suggest we meet for coffee, a business meeting, etc…to continue the conversation ?
– Then stay in front of them with email campaigns, social shares/likes/favorites or retweets.

I try to go to any event with the mindset that I’ll probably run into someone that I maybe haven’t seen in awhile (yay) and that I’ll probably meet at least a couple/few people that I’ll authentically connect with – I know it also helps that I truly like people (most anyway) and find business in general fascinating.  I get that I might not be the norm, but I do know that many of these tips have helped dozens of friends and colleagues ease into networking and make it beneficial in their businesses.  I hope you’ll find a take-away here and that you’re future networking events are stress-free and bountiful!

Weekly BUZZ – Food Truck Thursdays!

Food Truck Thursdays

Announcing Food Truck Thursdays…
We are SO excited to announce Food Truck Thursdays are starting a week from this Thursday!  Mark your calendars, tell your friends & stop by the Mill at Lafayette for lunch!

Blog:

Have you checked out our blogs?  We have the www.millatlafayette.com website chock full of information (including our blogs) in case you’re in the mood to peruse!

Pause at The Mill Logo
Exercise at the Mill?

Classes have been growing & we have some fantastic practitioners and new classes like Yoga on the beach!  Check out our Fb page for Pause at the Mill and please feel free to share.  We have classes listed as ‘events’ – take a 1/2 hour or more to just ‘pause’ and recharge your battery… *New Schedule here!

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Networking:

We’re going to keep promoting this event up until it happens NEXT Monday, August 8th… Total Exposure Networking (T.E.N.)

Our Lunch & Learn program will be back August 18th but in the mean time we’re hosting Richard Austin’s next T.E.N. event!  Total Exposure Networking…have you heard of it?

At most networking events you’re lucky if you get to talk to 9 or 10 people. Even then, are you delivering your message or just talking about the weather or the latest news headlines? At Total Exposure Networking (TEN), we make sure that you get to deliver your pitch to everyone in the room! Our unique TEN format consists of starting out with food, drink, and general conversation. Then, when everyone is there, we pick 5 people, and they each have one minute to give their pitch to everyone in the room. Now for the good part – we then take 10 minutes to allow anyone to talk with those who just spoke – to ask questions, learn more, and make appointments. Then we pick 5 more and do it again, and again, using the 5/10 format until everyone has had the opportunity to deliver their pitch to everyone in the room! A perfect TEN!
***Read more about this event and RSVP HERE!

Community:

Join our Mill at Lafayette community…we are offering a really great special – sign a lease by 9/1 and get your first month’s rent FREE! Reach out to: tuni@trsstrategies.com or call 401-255-7413.  Here’s a list of available spaces open within the mill.  There’s a video on this page that shows the 3rd floor that is now ready!

And…don’t forget we continue to offer our awesome deal at The Hive RI of $100 monthly memberships for our coworking space – total access Monday thru Friday 9:00-5:00!

Social Media:

Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Fb – we share information there on a daily basis!

Art:

We are SO excited to announce…’it’s official, Cindy Wilson Photography (our photographer in residence here at the Mill) will be a permanent rotating show’ (on the left side where the internal office’s are) here at The Hive RI.  She is such a busy lady with shows throughout the region on a regular basis, teaching photography to individuals and classes, and traveling the world with her Profundo Journeys groups but somehow she manages to keep our walls filled with beautiful works of art.

Michelle Gradus Parenteau’s Soul Awakening Art Show is still up too.  We recommend self-guided tours anytime during regular coworking hours (Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00) and if you are interested in purchasing any artwork within our gallery – please email tuni@trsstrategies.com.

The Benefits of Shared Spaces

The Hive RI

More and more companies, including leading innovators like Google, Microsoft, and Twitter are reaping the benefits of collaborative work environments. Coworking, collaborative environments create their own version of community and makes people feel interconnected. Collaboration has countless benefits for companies and individuals alike. This spirit of collaboration fosters increased productivity and revenue, strengthening networks and relationships.

Shared Spaces

Shared spaces are an inherently important part of a co-working community and encourage collaboration. Here at The Hive RI, our Hive members really value the shared space(s) and appreciate having multiple choices of work setups from reclining chairs to couches to stand up tables to desks.  We also offer a conference room. Our conference room is a private area separate from The Hive’s open office space and is available for our Hive members to use for conference calls, meetings, or whatever they might need. It is also available for rent to the general public. In addition to our Hive members and Mill community, we have many different outside businesses, groups and organizations that use the conference room or our large open space to have off-site meetings, hold retreats, breakout sessions, workshops, presentations and more (we’ve even had an upcoming production/play hold auditions here).

Our Hive members also love being able to “work alone together.” At The Hive, you always have the choice between working solo at one of our desks, plugged in and hyper focused or collaborating together at one of our large tables. You can simply turn to the person next to you, and perhaps you’ll find a graphic designer, editor, marketer, or web developer at your service.  It’s really amazing how many different professionals we have here!

“Work Alone Together” With Us! 

Interested in joining our collaborative coworking environment? We have available space at The Hive, as well as in the Lafayette Mill.  And…we will also have affordable flex office membership options starting on 9/1/16 – perfect for the sales professional or lawyer!  Don’t forget, the conference room (or our larger open space after hours/weekends) is available for your next event or meeting! If you would like more information on becoming part of the Mill at Lafayette community, contact us today. We look forward to welcoming you!

Weekly BUZZ – Networking & Updates!

We love our community here at the mill!  

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BIG Thank You to Tim Mahoney of Diversified Services (Landscape Materials Yard on Dry Bridge Rd.) for donating this gorgeous river stone and the granite slabs for seating (that we have yet to figure out how to lift into place when he delivers them).  We’re finally getting to our landscaping and we’re always so very grateful for our collaborative partners like Tim!  #WeLiveHere #lucky #TogetherWeAreStronger

Blog:

Have you checked out our blogs?  We have the www.millatlafayette.com website chock full of information (including our blogs) in case you’re in the mood to peruse!

Exercise at the Mill?

Classes have been growing & we have some fantastic practitioners!  Check out our Fb page for ‘Pause…’ here and please feel free to share.  We have classes listed as ‘events’ – take a 1/2 hour or more to just ‘pause’ and recharge your battery with a Kettlebell class or maybe some Pilates or Yoga? Start off your week with a whole bunch of great choices from Monday Morning Meditation to (2) 1/2 hour Kettlebell classes at lunchtime (what a workout) to Monday Afternoon Sanctuary to Mondaze Yoga… *Schedule here!

Networking:

We’re going to keep promoting this event up until it happens on Monday, August 8th… Total Exposure Networking (T.E.N.)

Our Lunch & Learn program will be back August 18th but in the meantime we’re hosting Richard Austin’s next T.E.N. event!  Total Exposure Networking…have you heard of it?

At most networking events you’re lucky if you get to talk to 9 or 10 people. Even then, are you delivering your message or just talking about the weather or the latest news headlines? At Total Exposure Networking (TEN), we make sure that you get to deliver your pitch to everyone in the room! Our unique TEN format consists of starting out with food, drink, and general conversation. Then, when everyone is there, we pick 5 people, and they each have one minute to give their pitch to everyone in the room. Now for the good part – we then take 10 minutes to allow anyone to talk with those who just spoke – to ask questions, learn more, and make appointments. Then we pick 5 more and do it again, and again, using the 5/10 format until everyone has had the opportunity to deliver their pitch to everyone in the room! A perfect TEN!
***Read more about this event and RSVP HERE!

Community:

If you’ve been thinking about joining our community…now is the time as we are offering a really great special – sign a lease by 9/1 and get your first month’s rent FREE! Reach out to: tuni@trsstrategies.com or call 401-255-7413.  Here’s a list of available spaces open within the mill.  There’s a video on this page that shows the 3rd floor that is now ready!

Social Media:

Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Fb – we share information there on a daily basis!

Art:

We are SO excited to announce…’it’s official, Cindy Wilson Photography (our photographer in residence here at the Mill) will be a permanent rotating show’ (on the left side where the internal offices are) here at The Hive RI.  She is such a busy lady with shows throughout the region on a regular basis, teaching photography to individuals and classes, and traveling the world with her Profundo Journeys groups but somehow she manages to keep our walls filled with beautiful works of art.

Michelle Gradus Parenteau’s Soul Awakening Art Show is still up too.  We recommend self guided tours anytime during regular coworking hours (Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00) and if you are interested in purchasing any artwork within our gallery – please email tuni@trsstrategies.com.

Looking for a professional space to settle in and get some serious work done?  The Hive RI and the Mill at Lafayette have very affordable options, from open coworking space(s), to individual offices of differing sizes, to a private conference room, or you can even reserve the larger space(s) for your own events, presentations or workshops! 

 

Weekly BUZZ – We Love Our Community!

We love our community here at the mill:

Gail Hallock Architect

Blog:
This month’s edition of our Community Spotlight shines on superstar Gail Hallock, of Gail Hallock Architect, Inc. Gail Hallock Architect, Inc. is an architecture firm specializing in coastal residential architecture for new construction, additions, and renovations. They have over 30 years of experience under their belt and work closely with clients to make their dream home a reality!

Gail and her team have been a part of the Lafayette Mill community for a year and a half. “We truly enjoy being part of such a thriving community!” said Hallock.  Read more here!

Exercise at the Mill?

Classes have been growing & we have some fantastic practitioners!  Check out our Facebook page for ‘Pause…’ here and please feel free to share.  We have classes listed as ‘events’ – take a 1/2 hour or more to just ‘pause’ and recharge your battery with a Kettlebell class or maybe some Pilates or Yoga? Start off your week with a whole bunch of great choices from Monday Morning Meditation to (2) 1/2 hour Kettlebell classes at lunchtime (what a workout) to Monday Afternoon Sanctuary to Mondaze Yoga… *Schedule here!

Networking:

Check this out… Total Exposure Networking (T.E.N.)

In lieu of our Lunch & Learn program (back August 18th) we’re hosting Richard Austin’s next T.E.N. event!  Total Exposure Networking…have you heard of it?

At most networking events you’re lucky if you get to talk to 9 or 10 people. Even then, are you delivering your message or just talking about the weather or the latest news headlines? At Total Exposure Networking (TEN), we make sure that you get to deliver your pitch to everyone in the room! Our unique TEN format consists of starting out with food, drink, and general conversation. Then, when everyone is there, we pick 5 people, and they each have one minute to give their pitch to everyone in the room. Now for the good part – we then take 10 minutes to allow anyone to talk with those who just spoke – to ask questions, learn more, and make appointments. Then we pick 5 more and do it again, and again, using the 5/10 format until everyone has had the opportunity to deliver their pitch to everyone in the room! A perfect TEN!
***Read more about this event and RSVP HERE!

Community:

If you’ve been thinking about joining our community…now is the time as we are offering a really great special – sign a lease by 9/1 and get your first month’s rent FREE! Reach out to: tuni@trsstrategies.com or call 401-255-7413.  Here’s a list of available spaces open or opening up soon within the mill.  There’s a video on this page that shows the 3rd floor that will be ready in July…wait for it!

Social Media:

Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook – we share information there on a daily basis!

Art:

Michelle Gradus Parenteau’s Soul Awakening Art Show is still up in The Hive’s space and if you missed the open house… don’t worry, she’s sold a ton and has all new pieces up – it’s like two shows in one! We recommend self-guided tours anytime during regular coworking hours (Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00) and if you are interested in purchasing any artwork within our gallery – please email tuni@trsstrategies.com

Weekly BUZZ – Exercise at the Mill

Exercise at the Mill?
Yes, we will now be offering all kinds of exercise and wellness classes and ‘one on one’ sessions here at the mill down in Joanie’s old Lotus Fire Yoga space (she’s up on the main floor of the Rodman Bldg. now).  Check out our new Facebook page for ‘Pause…’ here.  We picked ‘Pause…’ as the name because that’s exactly what we’re hoping you’ll all do…take a 1/2 hour or more to just ‘pause’ and recharge your battery with a Kettlebell class or maybe some Pilates or Yoga.  It’s basically a ‘pop up’ for July and August and the hope is that a core group of the practitioners will take over and create a more permanent health, wellness & exercise space there. Check out the Facebook page for class times. Come on by!

Lunch & Learn:

We are taking a short break to line up a stellar new series of interesting & educational business development presentations for you all.  Richard Austin of Speaking of Success, the Hiver leading the Lunch & Learn program, is working on a Food Truck Thursday program to begin when we start up again…we are shooting for the beginning of August.  Stay tuned but in the meantime, check out his next Total Exposure Networking (T.E.N.) event here.  And, in lieu of our Lunch & Learn program, we’re hosting a great informational event here on Thursday, July 14th.  10,000 Small Businesses is a fantastic program designed by Babson College and hosted here in RI by CCRI.  Check out the invitation and share the event with any of your colleagues that you think might be interested. RSVPs may be sent to Tuni by July 11th at tuni@trsstrategies.com.

Community:

If you’ve been thinking about joining our community…now is the time as we are offering a really great special – sign a lease by 9/1 and get your first month’s rent FREE! Reach out to: tuni@trsstrategies.com or call 401-255-7413.  Here’s a list of available spaces open or opening up soon within the mill.  There’s a video on this page that shows the 3rd floor that will be ready in July…wait for it!

Blog:

The Mill at Lafayette blog this week really talks about what The Hive RI is all about.  It’s a repurposed article from 3 years ago that was featured in the RI Small Business Journal and that our Hiver, Amy Fields of Hub Digital Mktg. pushed out this week on her website/email.  It was written originally by me, Tuni Schartner/co-founder here at The Hive…it’s fun to read it now, to see how far we’ve come in 3 years but to also know we’re still hyper focused on building an organic sustainable community based economy here. We continue to grow and are home to so many dynamic and innovative companies and entrepreneurs!

Social Media:

Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook – we share information there on a daily basis!

Art:

Michelle Gradus Parenteau’s Soul Awakening Art Show is still up in The Hive’s space and if you missed the open house…have no fear!  We recommend self-guided tours anytime during regular coworking hours (Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00) and if you are interested in purchasing any artwork within our gallery – please email tuni@trsstrategies.com

Looking for a professional space to settle in and get some serious work done?  The Hive RI and the Mill at Lafayette have very affordable options, from open coworking space(s), to individual offices of differing sizes, to a private conference room, or you can even reserve the larger space(s) for your own events, presentations or workshops! 

Why We Believe in Cross-Pollination

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This week, The Hive RI’s Queen Bee Tuni Schartner was a featured guest blogger on Hub Digital Marketing’s weekly blog & newsletter. Amy Levesque Fields of Hub Digital is a Hive coworker. She and Tuni, owner of TRS Strategies, both run their own boutique marketing firms but often partner on client projects. This is a perfect example of the shared service offerings that are a huge benefit of coworking!  

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Check out the original blog and more by Amy of Hub Digital Marketing here.

cross-pol·li·na·tion  [kraws-pol-uh-ney-shuhn, kros-]  noun

  1. Botany. the transfer of pollen from the flower of one plant to the flower of a plant having a different genetic constitution. Compare self-pollination.
  2. a sharing or interchange of knowledge, ideas, etc., as for mutual enrichment; cross-fertilization.

Well, clearly we’re relating to the latter definition here!

At The Hive, we have a mix of small business owners, writers, artists, technical folks, marketing professionals, remote sales people, entrepreneurs, scientists and many more. We respect everyone’s right to privacy, but offer the opportunity to share what it is that we do. The person working next to us might be able to design our logo or write our next press release, and conversely, we might be able to help them write their business plan, or handle their books!

The Hive was established with a mission to always encourage collaboration between members and so far, it’s working.  We’ve been (officially) open for 3 years and what has already happened here is pretty awesome!

We believe that a coworking environment in general, and The Hive specifically, is the perfect place to set up shop for a small business looking to grow organically. Coworking spaces are environments that promote positive energy and new ideas – innovation through collaboration. Your network of fellow coworkers provide a huge referral network, for your clients and colleagues when they need services your business can’t provide. Coworking spaces offer a network of professionals who you can throw ideas around with, discuss some of the newest trends with, and discover how you can bring innovation to your clients. As a collaborative work environment, there is always a small business owner around to help guide you through the difficult and sometimes confusing process of starting, or running, a business in Rhode Island.

Coworking is a relatively new concept for Rhode Islanders, but it’s a concept that encourages original thought, new ideas, and business development. It fosters independent growth in a heartening environment. It’s the right place for many to begin, or sometimes continue, their journey of business ownership.

Based in the historic Lafayette Mill complex in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, The Hive RI coworking space provides inexpensive working space, conference and meeting areas and professional amenities such as copy machines, printers as well as high speed internet. Local artists, businesspeople, lawyers, engineers and other professionals come together at The Hive to work independently, but not alone. The Hive is open from 9-5, Monday through Friday, welcomes walk-ins and offers affordable rates for daily, weekly and monthly use. The Hive hosts weekly lunchtime networking events and is also available for group events at non-working hours. Please visit http://www.thehiveri.com for more information on coworking, or www.millatlafayette.com for information on spaces available.