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June 22, 2011

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What Are You Doing This Summer?

“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” — Nat King Cole

Summer’s here. Undoubtably. If the heat hasn’t reminded you then surely the deafening buzz of the cicadas should. The days are longer. The kids are out of school. Everything seems to slow down.

Are you slowing down? We’d like to hear about your summer plans, whether business or pleasure.

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”

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May 20, 2011

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2011 Start-Up Business of the Year!

Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce 2011 Startup Of The Year Award

We did it!!!

Last night The Works was awarded the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce 2011 Start-up Business of the Year Award. We can’t tell you how much this means to us. We are humbled yet proud of this achievement. It stands as a confirmation of not only all the hard work we have put into build and growing The Works, but more importantly it’s a confirmation that the ideals and tenets of coworking have been widely accepted in this great county we live and work in.

First and foremost, we would like to thank all of customers who have come to love and support us and spread the word about The Works. As cliché as it may sound, we couldn’t have done any of this without you. We love it when our new customers walk in that door with what we call “the look”. It’s that “aha!” moment that they “get it”. And it’s always special when our regulars come in and we get a chance to catch up with you over a cup of coffee. We also love chatting with you over on Facebook and Twitter where it’s always fun.

Chuck here.

I’d like to take a moment to thank my staff – my girls as I affectionately call them –  for their incredible work and commitment.

Summer, words can’t begin to describe how lucky I feel to have you as my right-hand woman. In my fifteen years of management in one form or another I have rarely come across someone with such intuition, passion and dedication. Your talent to generate and execute new ideas is unparalleled. Lastly, and probably most importantly, your abilities to keep me on task, center me when I’m all over the place, and listen when I need to let things out deserve a huge debt of gratitude. Thank you so much!

I also can’t thank Katelyn and Jaquda enough. Both exemplify the perfect employee to have in such a unique establishment. Whether it’s helping our customers understand the concept of coworking and all its advantages or guiding them through a coffee, tea, and espresso menu with so many choices, they have the spirit most bosses only dream of.

We would also like to thank our great neighbors who have been so supportive of our fledgling business. We hope our presence has also benefited them, too. Same goes for the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce. We are very proud to be a member of a great organization that gives back to us in so many ways.

Finally, and most importantly, I would like to thank my wonderful wife Mollie and our children, Oliver and Ruari. Your love and support through good times and bad, through missed dinners without complaint, and for dealing with Daddy’s crazy schedule is overwhelming. It fuels me every morning and makes every day feel like Friday.

So what’s next? We promise to keep working as hard as we can to live up to our mantra: “We believe that great people and great coffee in a great place builds a greater Wakulla”. Along the way we’ll add new things to the menu (bagels, anyone?), grow our membership and networking opportunities, and give back as much as we can to our beloved county.

Again, deepest thanks,

Chuck Robinson and The Works staff.

PS In the spirit of openness, one of the tenets of coworking, you can see the form we submitted for our nomination here. It gives yet another insight into the philosophy of The Works.

 

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March 28, 2011

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April Showers

We all know that the showers of April bring the flowers of May and we wanted to plant some metaphorical seeds in our little corner of the world so that they can grow and spread to your corner of the world. We believe that if with even just one seed we can reach someone else who will, in turn, reach others and so on, we will be able to spark a domino effect of great ideas and create an infrastructure of support for encouragement, development, and growth in our community. And the effects are compounding: when we see startups working on nurturing their seeds others, too, are more likely to start growing their own ideas. At The Works, one of our goal is to be a ray of sunshine in Wakulla that fuels growth.

We have always been wild about Wakulla and so we’re excited to be kicking off Wild About Wakulla Week 2011 this Friday. In fact, we’ve decided to turn it into a month-long event. From April 1st (no joke!) to April 30th we have the following offers:

  • Free Coworking – Want to grow that new idea of yours or change up your normal workaday routine? Use any of our offices (on a space as available basis) at absolutely no charge.
  • More Webinars and Workshops – We will be creating and hosting many more workshops and webinars. For example, one of our newest groups will be a Returning Mother’s To The Workforce support group hosted by our very own Summer B.
  • Kid Works – Beginning in April, we will be hosting bi-weekly events for kids like reading and activities groups. This will give our busy parents a chance to catch up on some work, socialize and network with other professionals and entrepreneurs, or just plain unwind with a cup of coffee. If you are interested, please send an email to summer@theworkscafe.com.
  • Free Coffee! – Yep, you read that right. Every day in April come on in for a hot, fresh, and FREE cup of your choice of two of our select Coworker’s Choice coffees. The catch? Served in-house only. No to-go cups. Why? Well, we think everyone deserves a little break in their day and, shucks, we’d like to get to know you more! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the coffees of the day.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reply to this email address — info@theworkscafe.com — or call 850-253-7253* for more information.

* You may need to dial the area code first. We apologize for the confusion.

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March 7, 2011

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The Sunday Times

Ah, Sundays. A day of worship. A day of rest and play. A day of (groan) house chores. We know that Sundays can be your busiest day of the week.

Truthfully, Sundays at The Works have been quiet. That’s great for those looking for a little peace so they can study, catch up on some work or just relax and read the paper over a nice cup of coffee. We, of course, are here to bring you “great coffee in a great place” but with just a slight adjustment in our Sunday hours. Beginning on Sunday March 13 our new Sunday hours will be from 12 noon to 5:00 pm. We are also lowering our coworking daypasses on Sundays to $10.

To liven up Sundays we would like to jump-start some initiatives we have on the back burners. But before we do so, we want to turn to you, our community of awesome fans and followers, about any ideas you would like to see come to fruition not just at The Works but in Wakulla as a whole. We’re crowdsourcing idea generation and we want to hear from you.

In the comments section below tell us and your neighbors what sparks of genius you have. How do you want to change the world starting in our neck of the woods? Or, how would you like The Works to do things differently or how can we add to the services we already provide? Do you want to give a shout out to a charity or organization you’re actively involved in that you feel needs more attention? Whatever your story is please don’t hesitate to share. We look forward to hearing from all of you.

Thanks in advance from your friends at The Works!

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October 19, 2010

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Don’t Gamble With Wakulla’s Future

What is an Internet cafe? The name has a seemingly singular meaning—a peaceful and professional location for enterprising individuals to connect with one another and the world around them using the latest web-based technologies. Quite simply, Internet cafes provide a comfortable setting for like-minded entrepreneurs to work.

However, the recent influx of several professed Internet cafes has added a particular ambiguity to the conventional concept. Exploiting certain loopholes in Florida state law, the proprietors of these misnomered institutions operate under the guise of a connected cafe, but actually entice clientele with online gambling credit. Thus far, the gaming parlors have escaped the legal ramifications of gambling promotion by calling the credits an additional benefit of the Internet access price.

As the legality of these establishments has not yet been fully explored, they (and similar businesses across the state) are under a great deal of police scrutiny. Comparable business models that utilize included gaming have appeared in Florida before, but few still exist today. As expected, the tenuous relationship these outfits have with the law rarely lends itself to fostering the professional atmosphere expected of true Internet cafes.

It is that same need for a genuinely professional public workplace that lead to the creation of The Works Coworking Cafe. The Works is predicated on the idea that enthusiastic, motivated intellectuals should have consistent access to appropriate accommodations right here in Wakulla. We want to provide the forward-thinking citizens of Wakulla with an engaging and practical work environment, where they can connect to continue helping better our community.

Networking has long been one of the principal tent-poles of a strong community, and The Works is designed, specifically, to help innovative individuals share the ideas that may someday change the world.

Our community is growing everyday, and the citizens and leaders of Wakulla need a communal venue that will allow them to ensure this city continues to realize its full potential, without the influence of recreational gaming. The Works is that venue. Come share a cup of coffee, and find out why.

Don’t gamble with Wakulla’s future. Invest in it.

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