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Fort Collins: Small Town Feel, Big Town Innovation

We can feel it. You can probably feel it too. The digital world of business is shifting and growing at an intense pace, urging changes in the online tech and design marketplace faster than we’d ever imagined. And when you think of hot spots for ingenuity and entrepreneurship, what cities come to mind? Maybe Silicon Valley? New York City? What if we told you that Fort Collins deserves a place on that list? The curators at the Smithsonian Institute recently named our fast-growing town one of the top places for innovation in the country, and it was featured in the exhibit “Places of Invention” at the National Museum of American History. Fort Collins’ unique mix of university-level talent, passionate citizens, and green attitudes allows for incredible ideas and creations to launch into the mainstream. Our grit and adaptability, as well as our remarkable atmosphere of collaboration has put us at the forefront of modern engineering, design, and social action. It’s in this spirit that we decided to launch our coworking program here at the Digital Workshop Center, to take part in the incredible progress being made, and further foster the attitudes of community, cooperation, and ingenuity that make this city so great. Within just a few square miles, this town has managed to build a haven for new ideas, out of the box thinking, and fuel a passion to bring those concepts to life. We’re great at communication and supporting small and local businesses, so the time is now to jump on that project you’ve been dreaming about. The idea of collaborative business fits in perfectly with the zeitgeist of our “shared economy”, urging our citizens to partake in an exchange of ideas as well as physical space, material assets, and public resources. This trend is clearly defined by companies such as Airbnb, TaskRabbit, Lending Club, and Lyft, which were all small startups not too long ago. We believe that the next big idea is in the works right here in Fort Collins, and we’re committed to providing a space for that idea to flourish. But don’t just take our word for it- just look around! Fort Collins is home to thousands of small businesses, famous craft breweries, and an eco-friendly attitude that sets us apart from the rest. We’re changing the face of green energy and entrepreneurship as we speak! It’s time to rethink the way we do our work. Let’s face it, those inspirational classroom posters may just be right after all: we all accomplish more when we work together! Whether you are mulling over a project to reduce carbon emissions, produce more sustainable electricity, or make a better bicycle, you’re in the right city. Our little slice of Colorado heaven is ripe with intelligent minds, healthy outlooks, and global connections. And we know that the best ideas don’t always come in a traditional 9-5 office setting, so our coworking memberships allow for 24/7 access for those midnight bursts of creative energy and last-minute group brainstorming sessions. Fort Collins is a pretty special place, and will only continue to grow as a nationally ranked city for invention and innovation. With the expanding talents of our local colleges and universities, new small business owners setting up shop, and dynamic leaders in engineering, design, and technology moving here every month, this area is poised for unprecedented growth. So let’s roll up our sleeves, network with the right people, and start creating! There’s no reason to stand on the sidelines anymore- the world is your oyster, and we’re betting that you’ve got a pearl of an idea.   Want to...

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October 2015 Monthly Newsletter

This month’s newsletter includes Community Events here at the Digital Workshop Center including a ‘Tips & Tricks for Freelance Designers’ Lunch n’ Learn, Green Drinks Meetup, QuickBooks for Small Business class, and Intro to Social Media Class. As always the October newsletter includes a list of our fast-approaching classes and schedules.

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Launch Your Company With Our Business Administration Certification

With new small businesses coming on to the scene daily, it can be intimidating for any entrepreneur to jump into the fray. There are many skills that you need to know in order to be successful in today’s tech-savvy marketplace, and it’s hard to know where to start. For most companies, from the design sector to the financial sector, there are several key software programs that must be mastered for maximum efficiency and workflow. Luckily, you can get all the training you need to launch your own business right from the comfort of your own couch! With the fundamental business administration certification at DWC, you will learn all of the basic software and managerial skills that you need to run a successful business, no matter the size or specialty. You’ll become fluent in Microsoft Excel, the most common spreadsheet program used worldwide; you’ll send emails in a snap with Microsoft Outlook, a popular business mail client; and you’ll represent ideas in a visually appealing way with Microsoft PowerPoint. These three programs form a solid foundation for any business, and you will be able to put them to good use to grow your company’s productivity and efficiency. With this new prowess, you will be prepared for a new level of success in these three crucial areas: Effective communication A business is only as good as its staff, and working with a group of people requires crystal clear communication in order to stay on track. Intra-office brainstorming and discussion is a great thing to foster, but without the right tools, things can get lost in translation. Utilizing a clean and tidy system with a reliable email client like Outlook will enhance your staff’s ability to share and collaborate on spreadsheets and presentations in a direct and hassle-free manner. The more information you can share and the faster you can share it means you’ll get more accomplished and boost your sales. Productive presentation There are a lot of concepts and ideas that just can’t be explained verbally, which is why media-rich visual presentation tools are necessary for most businesses. Whether you are a designer, a PR firm, or a data collection laboratory, having the ability to share your work in a graphic manner could mean the difference between getting that important contract and being passed over. Using figures and stats from your spreadsheets, you can create eye-catching and effective presentations and slideshows in PowerPoint, which you can share across the globe with a click of a button. Efficient record keeping When you are running a business, there are several different areas you need to keep track of, including revenue, marketing stats, social media accounts, and operating costs. But if you are fluent in the three basic Microsoft software programs, you can easily keep tabs on multiple accounts and streams all at once, and seamlessly integrate them with the rest of your company’s programs. When you need to share or collaborate on a record or log, you can instantly send it to anyone, and track their changes visually. Highly organized and easy to read records and documents can save you time, money, and many headaches as business administrator. With the fundamental business administration certification, you will harness the power of software programs to keep your production, sales, and marketing on track. You will find that planning, strategizing, controlling, and overseeing day-to-day business functions comes more easily with your expertise. So if you are ready to make this smart investment in your future and your business, Fill out the form below to tell us more about how we can help you get started! You...

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5 Benefits Of Shared Community Office Space

One of the up and coming trends in the creative business world is the concept of shared work environments, and these wonderful collaborative spaces are changing the way we view and do our work. For a small monthly membership fee, you can have access to a professional office, take part in social and networking events, and even get deep discounts on classes and other programs to enhance your knowledge and further your career. And the best part of investing in a local co-working group is that you know exactly where the money goes and you know that your neighborhood friends and contacts will benefit from such a powerful collaborative force in the community.

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5 Ways To Boost Your Resume With Adobe Illustrator

Let’s face it- today’s job market is tough. The credentials that would fetch a top-tier position a decade ago are now only delivering an entry-level one. Unemployment and unpaid internships abound, and there is a distinct trend that is emerging from this new market milieu.

Those with the most well rounded resumes are the ones getting hired and promoted. The ambitious and creative few who take the time to flesh out their skill set and tack on certifications are the ones who bring the most usability to the job market. Utilitarianism has taken over, and employers are looking to stretch their new hires over several different professional fields. In this new minimalist market, if you can offer the skills and expertise of three people rolled into one, you’re miles ahead of the pack.

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HTML & CSS Cheat Sheet

Download the HTML & CSS Cheat Sheet for FREE! The Digital Workshop Center provides free cheat sheets on many popular software applications. If you are looking for a quick HTML and CSS reference sheet, then we’ve got just the thing for you! The HTML5 & CSS3 cheat sheet includes basic concepts and common elements to help you be more efficient and confident while working in code. Several of these concepts and elements are included in our hands-on Web Design with HTML and CSS training class, so if you need more HTML & CSS help please contact the Digital Workshop office.  Stay tuned for more cheat sheets coming soon! Click the link to download the cheat sheet in PDF format: HTML & CSS Cheat Sheet...

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