entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs are Action Taking Dreamers!

CoLab_Factory_lounge_525pxIts challenging to build your dream from the comfort of your home.  With the bed, television, and sofa calling your name with no one looking, its easy for motivation to take a nap (literally).

CoLab_Factory_Image* Take your hustle to our state-of-the-art coworking space where the WiFi, security, furniture and utilities are included. Where there’s no long term leases (unless you want one).

* Be in the orbit of other freelancers and startups who are dream building right there with you! Nothing says motivation like other community members hustling on the couch across from you. Continue reading

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TONIGHT – A Talk on Starting a New Business: What To Expect But You’re Not Expecting

Open CoworkingThe Lounge @ The Yard

One thing many people have said about starting a business or going out on your own as a freelancer is that you don’t know what you don’t know. Health insurance? Burning out? Working in a male-dominated industry? People with great ideas are not necessarily considering these obstacles.

A talk tonight at the coworking space The Yard (33 Nassau Ave.) will feature three startup experts on what small business owners should expect, but aren’t.  Food, drinks, & mingling start at 6PM.  Panel discussion from 7-9 PM. Continue reading

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A Greenpoint “Love” Story: Two Business Owners Create a Book Together

 

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg - herself on the right, and Adina Grigore on the left

 

Greenpointers is excited to present a joint interview with two Greenpoint residents and business owners who recently collaborated on, and published, a book – a partnership they told us originated from this very website. We had to find out more.

The book is called Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin. Adina Grigore, founder of skincare brand S.W. Basics, wrote it, and asked local illustrator Libby VanderPloeg to illustrate it. It was published last week, just ahead of S.W. Basics’ March 1st launch in 500 Target locations nationwide – a huge accomplishment for a small business with a commitment to natural ingredients.

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Green Desk Coworking at 240 Kent

The sunlit halls of Green Desk's Co-working space at 240 Kent

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Co-working spaces are more than just a passing trend–they seem to be the wave of the future for small businesses and start-ups, especially in Brooklyn. This is exactly the case at Green Desk‘s 240 Kent location, where you’ll find a husband-and-wife-run sex toy business down the hall from a kids health food campaign, both upstairs from a new age-y crystal boutique.

The business and retail owners at 240 Kent are vocal about the leeway for experimentation and growth that the space affords them.

“It’s great because we have the flexbility of trying out our business to see if it works,” said Raymond Ng of Essbar Juicing, located on the ground floor of the building, which is exclusively devoted to retail and food outlets.

The ground floor space, which opened in July, is Brooklyn’s answer to the Chelsea Market, with a maze of speciality food vendors, handmade clothing retailers, and vintage sellers, expanding the options available to anyone talking a stroll along the Kent Avenue waterfront. Once a barren warehouse zone, we’ve watched the whole area undergo a major revamp–from the East River Ferry to the Brooklyn Flea and the Edge (and a bevy of other modern high rises).  Now, with the advent of this rapidly expanding co-working/retail establishment, the stretch of Kent between N. 12th and N.1st is quickly becoming a hub of young businesses.

Whether you’re craving a French Toast Cupcake (a la Brooklyn Cupcake or an “Vape Pen” to curb a smoking habit (from Vapor Lounge NY), the stores at 240 Kent are well worth exploring.

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“Keep It In The Family” – goodyoga Offers Franchise Opportunities

“I want everyone in the world to do yoga!” goodyoga owner Flannery Foster said as we enjoyed cupcakes at Ovenly along with her partner and goodyoga co-owner Ray Gonzales. With plans to franchise you may see more goodyoga studios opening up locally, and perhaps nationally and maybe even internationally if Flannery has her way. Continue reading

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LEARN AT THE YARD: 10% OFF CLASSES FOR BROOKLYN ENTREPRENEURS

How many of you have more than one day job? Or a side project you want to turn into your main gig? I know I do. I work full time as a photographer and am trying make a career out of Greenpointers.com. It’s a challenge and I need of help, especially in the areas of online marketing and business development.

My prayers have been answered! The Yard, a Greenpoint Co-Working Space, has rolled out a full curriculum of amazing classes geared towards entrepreneurs, taught by successful entrepreneurs, business executives, and venture capitalists. And it’s all happening here in Greenpoint!

Even better, the Yard is offering a 10% discount to our readers, by typing in the code: Greenpointers at checkout!

First rule of being a successful entrepreneur: save a buck when you can!

 

Exciting Classes for Brooklyn Entrepreneurs

 

How to Blog About the Art World, taught by Paddy Johnson of Art Fag City.

Kick Ass with Kickstarter, taught by two Yard members who have each well exceeded their Kickstarter campaign goals, raising $300k and 150k respectively!

Going It Alone: How To Make Your Side Project Your Day Job – This is the one I am taking!

Check out the full class curriculum and remember to get 10% off with the code Greenpointers.

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