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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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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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5 Social Media Platforms To Boost Your Small Business

Today’s world is faced paced and new businesses have to jump in with savvy in order to survive. It doesn’t matter how amazing your product or service is if nobody knows about you and you aren’t making an effort to connect with the public. Here’s where social media platforms come in- the ability to insert yourself into the social sphere and be a part of your customers’ lives, both past and future.

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5 Easy Steps to Get Started Blogging in WordPress

Even though the initial blogging fever of a decade ago has cooled off, it’s never out of style to create a blog of your very own. The great thing is: now it’s easier than ever to get set up and started writing, and there are a variety of platforms out there to launch your musings into the electronic world. WordPress is a classic and established choice, having been around long enough to have fine-tuned the art of the blog, so naturally I wanted to highlight them here. There are only five easy steps between you and your very own professional writing space, so let’s get started!   1. Clarify your purpose I know this isn’t a technical step, but in my opinion, it’s the most important one. Why do you want to blog? Is there a particular subject you are passionate about or have experience with? Is this blog going to be for your business, your family, or just your personal thoughts? Make sure you sit down and brainstorm a clear direction and “theme” before you go through the actual set-up process. Trust me, it will save you a headache later and will increase the likelihood that you’ll stick with it!   2. Decide whether you need WordPress.com or WordPress.org Yep, you have two main choices here and they are quite a bit different in terms of use. To build on the simple graphic above, I highly recommend you do some research on which version will suit your needs the best. There are a variety of articles out there on the web, as well as the pros at the Digital Workshop who can point you in the right direction! But to give you a brief sum up: Choose WordPress.com if you want something that’s free, simple, and requires very little maintenance. This is the best choice if you’re on a budget, don’t care about too much fancy personalization, or are just writing for the fun of it. Choose WordPress.org if you have a business, an established social media following, or want to create revenue off of your writing. This isn’t free (you need to pay for web hosting and domains), but does offer the perks of plugins, customization, and ad sales opportunities.   3. Register Come up with a blog name that you really really like, because you can’t change it later! Whether or not you choose to go with a custom domain (www.bloggingisfun.com) or let WordPress handle that (www.bloggingisfun.wordpress.com), it’s important that you find a name that sums up the results of your brainstorming session from step #1. For example, if you want to blog about sports, choose something like “Rebecca’s RBI Rundown” instead of something like “Rebecca Writes”. Remember, you want to attract readership and most of us navigate through links of related content. If I want to read about cooking, I am going to click on a blog with a clear culinary focus. Once you decide on a name that is available, it’s as simple as clicking on “create blog” and following the instructions sent to your email address. Then you’ll be directed to your very own Dashboard, which will serve as your home base and is the launching point for writing, changing appearance, and viewing comments/statistics.   4. Fine Tune Once you have an official WordPress site, you can choose and activate a theme. There are many to choose from with a variety of colors, patterns and layouts, so pick one that suits your style and content matter. You can change this later (and however often you’d like) so don’t fret too much! If you...

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