WWU places bets on Vibe Coworks

WWU places bets on Vibe Coworks

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Western Washington University on the Peninsulas is the latest to join as a founding member of Vibe Coworks

We're closing out Global Entrepreneurship Week with a bang: proud to announce that Western Washington University on the Peninsulas is the latest to join our line-up of founding members with big ideas on the future of life + work in the West Sound region. (Welcome WWU!)

As a Vibe Corporate Catalyst, Western Washington University on the Peninsulas (WOTP) joins the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance and nearly 40 Founding Members in becoming part of a collective community of visionaries committed to helping create a central hub of resources, ideas and connections at Vibe for the area’s most innovative, entrepreneurial and creative thinkers.

“Universities have a critical role to play in fostering fresh thinking, entrepreneurial activity and cross-sector initiatives," said Vibe Coworks cofounder and CEO, Alanna Imbach. 

"WWU on the Peninsulas shares our vision for fostering a culture of innovation, human connection and high-growth entrepreneurialism here in Poulsbo and beyond. As we close out Global Entrepreneurship Week here at Vibe, we’re delighted to welcome WWU into the Vibe Coworks family as a Corporate Catalyst and are grateful for their early support.”

Vibe Corporate Catalysts and Founding40 members are diverse in perspective and expertise, representing industries ranging from academia to tech and HR, marketing, architecture, health and wellness, nonprofits, design, real estate, copywriting, event planning and more.

“Western Washington University on the Peninsulas (WOTP) is excited to join the community of Corporate Catalysts and the Founding 40 members at Vibe Coworks," said Marlene Harlan, Senior Director West Sound, Western Washington University on the Peninsulas.

We are grateful for the opportunity and value the vision of Vibe Coworks in providing a collaborative working space that not only allows for strengthening community partnerships, but also provides a means for the creation of innovative community programs, resources and networking opportunities.
— Marlene Harlan, WWU on the Peninsulas

"We are grateful for the opportunity and value the vision of Vibe Coworks in providing a collaborative working space that not only allows for strengthening community partnerships, but also provides a means for the creation of innovative community programs, resources and networking opportunities.”

Vibe is a shared workspace and coworking community, offering local creatives and professionals on-demand workspace, meeting rooms, high-speed internet, lounge space, print and mail services and a wide variety of member events including lunch and learns, open office hours, mastermind groups, hackathons, pitch competitions and more.

Vibe operates on a membership basis, with memberships ranging from $35 per day to $415 per month. Meeting rooms are available for booking on an hourly basis to Vibe members and to the general public. Vibe Coworks opened its temporary space, the Vibe Lab on Poulsbo’s 8th Avenue in September. The permanent Vibe Coworks location in Poulsbo is expected to open in early 2018.

Western Washington University on the Peninsulas (WOTP) offers a variety of degree programs, certificate programs, community‐based (non‐credit) opportunities as well as programs for youth grades K‐9.  WOTP’s work on the peninsulas has been advanced through partnerships with Olympic and Peninsula Colleges. By maximizing the strengths of two community colleges and a university, educational and professional pathways have been created, so area residents can complete their educational needs without relocating.

Western Washington University is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report college rankings. U.S. News and World Report also ranked Western as the top public university of its type in the West on its list of highly ranked universities that operate most efficiently.

In addition, Washington Monthly Magazine listed Western as the top public master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, as does Money Magazine in its 2016 rankings.

Time out with Kitsap entrepreneur Raquel Pappas

Time out with Kitsap entrepreneur Raquel Pappas

For Chicago native, Raquel Pappas, taking ownership of Kitsap Hot Yoga in 2016 not only marked the start of her own entrepreneurial venture—it also marked the growth of one of the region's most community-centered yoga studios. 

For Chicago native, Raquel Pappas, taking ownership of Kitsap Hot Yoga in 2016 not only marked the start of her own entrepreneurial venture—it also marked the growth of one of the region's most community-centered yoga studios. 

In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, we sat down with Vibe Founding40 member and Poulsbo business owner Raquel Pappas to talk community, leaps of faith and the undeniable impact of the environments we're surrounded by. As if that alone were not enough, we're even more stoked to be talking with Raquel ahead of this Friday's special Global Entrepreneurship Week event, Vinyasa for Visionaries (all welcome!). 

Born and raised in Chicago, with stints living in LA and NYC, Raquel moved to the Pacific Northwest in July 2016 when her boyfriend was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma. Her 9-5 job with a major payroll and HR solutions company keeps her plenty busy, but—like any good student of Business Entrepreneurship (Raquel's degree is from Loyola Marymount)—working for "the man" just wasn't enough. Entrepreneurship is in her blood. Fast forward to one unexpected encounter with a sign at a closed yoga studio in Poulsbo and the rest, well, is history.

Vibe: You’ve just celebrated your one year anniversary since taking ownership of Kitsap Hot Yoga. That’s an exciting accomplishment. What are some of the things you’ve achieved that you’re most proud of?
RP: Thank you—I am really excited about it! What I am most proud of is the community that has developed here at Kitsap Hot Yoga (KHY). I've cultivated amazing relationships with both local instructors and the yogis in this special place, and seen others build strong connections from coming to classes. Hearing from yoga students that this studio and their practice here has helped them both physically and (even more so) mentally makes me super happy, and proud. I never knew all the amazing things that would come from the start of my personal practice, and I'm proud to be able to spread that to others and foster a yoga community in Kitsap.

The Kitsap Hot Yoga community is so special. Hearing from yoga students that this studio and their practice here has helped them both physically and mentally makes my feel super happy and proud.

Vibe: Tell us about the KHY community and the people who come to KHY to practice. What makes them stand out from the crowd?
RP: The KHY community is so special. People don't just come to get their physical practice in and then get right out. They bring their friends, their family, or build relationships with others in class that they never knew before coming here. So many of the students have amazing passions that they offer to the studio from the kindness of their heart, like photography, flower farming, etc. It's such a dynamic group of people and I genuinely feel that all feel welcome, which was my goal. We have everyone from the young college student, to the mid 20s young professional, to the Navy husband and wife, all the way to grown adults who come from all walks of life with the common value of cultivating health of body and mind... and everything in between! 

Vibe:  KHY has made a name for itself by _____________________. How and why?  
RP: By not being afraid to crank up the heat, and by having an eclectic group of instructors resulting in classes to suit everyone. We have power yoga classes and even hot classes that incorporate weights for those looking to get a hard core workout and sweat in. We have non-heated classes, beginner classes, restorative classes—I love listening to what the community wants and making yoga accessible to everyone who has an interest in trying it out. 

Vibe: What inspired you to own a yoga studio?
RP: Ever since I started yoga in high school, it's been a very personal practice and a consistent passion in my life. I went to college in LA, which was yoga studio galore, with some of the best instructors. It was there that I got even more into yoga. I'd entertained the idea of opening a studio someday in my business classes, but it was always just a thought. After college I followed my dream to go to India and practice yoga there for one month. Right after I returned back to Chicago, a friend was opening a fitness studio and I helped her with the yoga program, which required me to get my actual teacher training. Up until then I just practiced for my own sake, but suddenly I fell into teaching and absolutely loved it. When I moved to WA two years later, I came across Kitsap Hot Yoga which had a sign on the door that it was for sale. Even though I knew very little about the community, I just got this excited feeling that this was the time to make some of my abstract dreams a reality!

The nature of being an entrepreneur or remote worker can be very, very isolating which in turn can be uninspiring and discouraging at times. I thrive in an environment like Vibe where people are passionate, entrepreneurial and encouraged to share ideas.

Vibe: What are the biggest challenges that you face as an entrepreneur and as a business owner? 
RP: I have a full-time job working for another company outside of my small business, so a big challenge I face is having time to make all my ideas into a reality, and having the time and bandwidth to really focus on growing the business. With that being said, I think I thrive on having that mixture of running a business and working for another company—at least for now.

Vibe: As a human, as an entrepreneur and as a business leader, how does the environment that you’re working in impact you and the work that you do?
RP: I thrive in dynamic environments that allow for creativity and are not rigid. I've always been attracted to companies of a creative nature, and also cities/towns where those around me have an open mind. I think that's why I find Kitsap to be a great community to have my studio in. There's not a studio on every corner like there are in major cities, and it [Kitsap] has this really authentic feel where I can really listen to my instincts and feel the freedom to express. I find when I am in a more peaceful, somewhat laid back environment I thrive and have more creativity than I do when I'm in an environment that feels like a rat race. 

Vibe: You're a Founding40 member here at Vibe Coworks. Why did you decide to join? How do you think Vibe will change the world of work for local creatives, entrepreneurs and remote workers in Poulsbo and beyond?
RP: When I heard about the concept, I was instantly inspired and needed to learn more. It goes back to your question about how environment influences my work. I thrive in an environment like Vibe where people are passionate, entrepreneurial and encouraged to share ideas. The nature of being an entrepreneur or remote worker can be very, very isolating which in turn can be uninspiring and discouraging at times. Having a unique place like Vibe Coworks creates a community for these type of people to come and continue their passion in a really positive, forward thinking environment.  I think people will meet here who were just meant to meet and share amazing ideas and make cool things happen!! 

Vibe: In your opinion, what is the future of work?
RP: I think our generation is already a lot more open to alternative work environments and methods of work, rather than the standard 9-5 in an office concept. We'll see a lot more people working from home. What excites me the most is having the ability to take all of your random passions and put them together. That's why coworking is going to be such an important, successful model because even though we are very independent, entepreneurial-focused, we all crave and thrive from authentic connection with others, and physically being around other people rather than solely communicating via technology. 

Visitors to Kitsap Hot Yoga are welcomed by a hand-painted lotus pose symbol that transcends time and religion. The pose is said to have the power to settle your nerves, awaken your energy and quiet your mind.  

Visitors to Kitsap Hot Yoga are welcomed by a hand-painted lotus pose symbol that transcends time and religion. The pose is said to have the power to settle your nerves, awaken your energy and quiet your mind.  

Vibe: What are you passionate about, beyond work?
RP: Obviously yoga is a true passion of mine and more times than not it doesn't feel like "work" at all. Travel is probably one of my other biggest passions. My parents took [my siblings and me] around the world from a young age, and this curiosity has never left me. I love traveling and truly experiencing new cultures, learning new languages, and of course exploring local foods... food is considered a passion, right?! Finally, the outdoors/nature is another passion... hiking, surfing, snowboarding, and so on, which is why I love it up in the PNW!

Vibe: Speaking of love for the PNW, what’s your favorite thing about Kitsap?
RP: I've lived most of my life in big cities... Chicago, LA, NYC briefly... so at first I was taken aback by the more quiet, quaint pace of life but I've come to really enjoy it. I love that we have such easy access to Seattle which is an amazing city, then to the mountains, the ocean... on top of having really genuine and adventurous people, it's a great combo!!

Vibe: Do you have any superstitious beliefs or rules that you live by?
RP: Hmm... I don't think I'm a very superstitious person but I'll have to think about that! Rules I've come to live by are just allowing yourself to be open to new experiences. I guess I do believe in fate a bit or at least things happening for a reason, like me stumbling upon the sign at the closed yoga studio in Poulsbo and following my instinct to pursue it. You never know where one decision can lead you and it keeps life exciting! 

Vibe: Anything else you’d like to share / get off your chest?
RP: I'd love to just thank the community for being so supportive! If you're curious about yoga at all and haven't tried—you may be surprised what you'll find from it! I look forward to getting to know the amazing individuals in the Vibe community a lot more!

 

 

Vinyasa for Visionaries:
A Vibe x Kitsap Hot Yoga Event
 

Come get your flow on with the Vibe Coworks community as we take time out from the daily grind to quiet our minds, relinquish control and try our hand at yoga together in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Raquel will be leading us through this special low/no-heat session. Whether you're a practicing regular, or a complete yoga newbie, this escape is for you!

Friday, Nov 17 // 3:30 - 4:30PM
Kitsap Hot Yoga
 20714 State Hwy 305, Suite 3C

RSVP: info@vibecoworks.com
Special $10 rate at the door

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Kitsap celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

Kitsap celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

Now in its 10th year, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is an international celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

This year's event runs November 13 - 19 and you'd better bet we're kind of excited about it, here at Vibe. To mark the occasion, we've organized a full slate of events and activities, in addition to those being put on by other local organizations.

Whether you’re looking to learn new skills, get inspired or just connect with other business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs, there’s sure to be an event that’s perfect for you.

TUESDAY, Nov 14

WEDNESDAY, Nov 15

THURSDAY, Nov 16

  • 7 - 8:50am: Kitsap Economic Development Alliance Tech Committee Meeting (open to all!) // at Paladin
  • 12-1pm: Female Founders Power Hour // at the Vibe Lab
  • 5pm*: Vibe Night Out at the Edg3FUND Live Pitch Competition // meet at the Vibe Lab at 5pm to carpool to the Kitsap Conference Center. Event starts at 5:30pm

FRIDAY, NOV 17

SATURDAY, NOV 19

THROUGHOUT THE WEEK...

  • Special edition Kitsap entrepreneur trivia at 12 locations throughout the county, in partnership with Trivia Time Live
  • 20% off must-have business audiobooks for every aspiring and excelling entrepreneur! Use code VIBE20 to take advantage of this special Global Entrepreneurship Week discount on any (or all!) of these 27 audiobooks Nov 12 - 18. Courtesy of Vibe Founding40 member Nick Johnson and his start-up, Libro.fm

New shared coworking space now open in Poulsbo

New shared coworking space now open in Poulsbo

POULSBO—Vibe Coworks opened its temporary space, the Vibe Lab, in Poulsbo Sept. 26, giving freelancers, commuters, remote workers and entrepreneurs a place to convene until construction on the permanent Vibe Coworks location has been completed in early 2018.

At 5,846 square feet, Vibe Coworks is expected to be the largest coworking space on the Kitsap Peninsula when it opens on 8th Avenue. It will give local professionals a flexible alternative to commuting, long-term leases or distracting home offices.

Due for completion in early 2018, the flagship Vibe Coworks location in Poulsbo features shared desk space, private offices, meeting rooms, phone booths, a covered deck and bike storage.

Due for completion in early 2018, the flagship Vibe Coworks location in Poulsbo features shared desk space, private offices, meeting rooms, phone booths, a covered deck and bike storage.

Vibe aims to become a hub for the area’s most innovative, entrepreneurial and creative thinkers, Vibe Coworks cofounder and CEO Alanna Imbach said, a “flexible, shared workspace and a central point of exchange among our region’s most forward-thinking professionals.”

The Vibe Lab is located at 19307 8th Ave. NE, Suite C, next door to the future home of Vibe Coworks. The Vibe Lab is a temporary coworking space that offers members their choice of open workspace, a café-style coworking area, dedicated desks, a community kitchen, standing workspace and a fully-equipped eight-person meeting room. Additional amenities include high-speed internet, a staffed welcome desk, unlimited coffee and tea, print and mail services and a variety of member events.

A Vibe Lab launch party is scheduled for 4 p.m. Oct. 12. The event will be free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested at www.facebook.com/events/123663068215424, or via email info@vibecoworks.com.

“Silicon Valley changed the world, and Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond are all driving dramatic, positive change,” Vibe Coworks founding member Brett Eddy said in an announcement of Vibe Lab’s opening. “Why not Kitsap? We’ve always had a high quality of life here, but real growth in technology startups and creative entrepreneurship takes the right mix of energized community, entrepreneur excitement, and creative workspace to make startups successful.

Vibe aims to become a hub for the area’s most innovative, entrepreneurial and creative thinkers: a flexible, shared workspace and a central point of exchange among our region’s most forward-thinking professionals.
— Alanna Imbach, cofounder of Vibe Coworks

”Vibe is striving to create that mix—bringing together the creatives, the programmers, the non-profits, the business incubators into a cool workplace where we want to spend our time, energy, and talent changing the world. I’m happy to see companies like Vibe making a bet here, and now my former company Microsoft too. I believe Vibe Coworks will be a tremendous asset to our community, fostering companies, jobs, and professional opportunities to match our incredible quality of life.”

Nearly 40 founding members have already signed on as Vibe members, representing industries ranging from tech and HR, to marketing, architecture, health and wellness, nonprofit, design, real estate, event planning and more. The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance has also shown its support by becoming the first Vibe Corporate Catalyst.

Vibe operates on a membership basis, with memberships ranging from $35 per day to $415 per month. The meeting room at the Vibe Lab is available for booking on an hourly basis to Vibe members and to the general public. For more information, go to vibecoworks.com.

 

As published in the Kitsap Daily News, Friday, September 29, 2017.

 
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Vibe Coworks set to open on September 26

Vibe Coworks set to open on September 26

Hold onto your seats, Poulsbo: the day has finally come. We're officially opening our doors on Tuesday, September 26.

Our crazy cool new building may not be ready for us just yet, but we’re not going to let minor little details like that stop us from getting our coworking groove on. We’ve got businesses to run, bosses to report to, startups to launch, clients to serve, relationships to build, cool things to create...right here, right now.

That’s why we’re opening the Vibe Lab on Tuesday, September 26, right next door to our future home on Poulsbo's 8th Avenue. 

Located at 19307 8th Avenue NE, Suite C, the Vibe Lab is a temporary coworking space that offers Kitsap’s modern professionals a place to work, meet, convene, learn and grow together, all while doing our own thing. It’s a real life way to commute less, connect more, and take our businesses and professional endeavors to the next level.

Let’s be honest: the Vibe Lab digs aren’t fancy. But true coworking was never about fancy. Coworking is about human relationships. It’s about the flexibility of work+life. It’s about innovation.

The Vibe Lab has everything you need to work happier, healthier and more connected. You’ll find open workspaces, a cafe-style coworking area, dedicated desks, a community kitchen, standing workspace and an 8 person, fully-equipped conference room. You’ll also find high-speed internet, a staffed welcome desk, unlimited coffee and tea, both print and mail services, and more member events than you can possibly shake a stick at.

So get your membership now and join us, would you?

Vibe Lab memberships range from $35 per day to $415 per month, so there’s guaranteed to be just the flexible option you’re looking for. The conference room is available for booking on an hourly basis to Vibe members and non-members alike.

Just think: no more stink eye from the local barista for camping out at the coffee shop all day. What a concept.

And of course, this wouldn’t be a launch without a launch party, so mark your calendar for Thursday, October 12. This is one Poulsbo launch party you won’t want to miss.

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15 things that always happen in a Poulsbo heatwave

15 things that always happen in a Poulsbo heatwave

It might just be the hottest week of the year in the Pacific Northwest, which means people all over Poulsbo are behaving in entirely predictable ways. Here are 15 things you'll probably notice while the warm weather lasts.

1. You wake with a raging thirst, having gotten over-excited by the balmy evening and guzzling down one too many local brews last night.

2. You select your attire based on its sweat-concealing abilities. Heather grey = bad. Monochrome = better.

3. You spend the day feeling completely fatigued from a bad night’s sleep, tossing, turning and huffing on top of clammy covers. You vow to buy a fan for the bedroom and/or get the A/C fixed, but never actually do because everyone knows it doesn't ever get hot in the PNW. This scene is repeated annually right about this time of year.

4. You debate whether to kayak, swim or standup paddle into work today. Because you know, that's a thing that actually happens around here. 

5. You observe the thinly disguised efforts of knowledge workers everywhere pretending to work outside, i.e. clamoring for a window seat, patch of grass, or viewside spot at the Poulsbohemian with their laptop, only to spend the day squinting at screen glare and silently cursing those sunglasses that have got to be somewhere. You may or may not be one of these people.

6. You feel for the thousands of hot, sweaty, exasperated Pacific Northwesterners running to safety in any (rare) place of air conditioning available. Primarily the office that you once dreaded, the frozen aisle at the grocery store and Poulsbo City Hall (thank you Mayor Becky). Again, you may or may not be one of these people. #nojudgement

7. Doors banging randomly around the house, due to all the windows being open. Vow to buy doorstops, but never actually do.

8. You begin dreaming of what life will be like next summer, when you can work—glare-free, banging door-free—from the comfort of the second floor covered balcony at Vibe Coworks. Or one of many breezy indoor spots beside gigantic operable windows and perfectly placed ceiling fans. Ah-mazing.

9. You begin sending emphatic rounds of applause to the construction workers on Poulsbo's 8th Avenue, fiercely braving the heat and determined in their task of getting Vibe's new digs built while dreaming of shadier, more forgiving job sites next summer... (thank you TRC crew!) 

10. Flip flops worn by colleagues at work: you stare and them disapprovingly, then decide s/he may actually be on to something. 

11. You unwittingly send envious stares at those smug people who can finally use their convertible cars, swiftly followed by mildly entertaining thoughts of them getting pooped on by a Liberty Bay seagull. 

12. You throw all diets to the wind and willingly enduring long lines at Mora, because well, you really *must* follow the advice of heatwave experts to eat cool foods, and when one of the state's best ice cream shops is right here in Poulsbo...
 
13. You bemoan the incessant social media posts containing cocktails, cold beers, screenshots of the weather app and pathetic complaints about when the rain will return. Because, you know, we don't get enough of that the other 10 months out of the year. 

14. You fall victim to the grocery wars at Central Market in the race to buy meat and special offer multi-packs of lager for the grill before there's a run on all things BBQ. 

15. You actually start praying for rain, “for the garden”—as only a true Pacific Northwesterner can do.

Good luck out there, Poulsbo. Stay cool.

Vibe Coworks teams up with the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance

Vibe Coworks teams up with the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance

There's a new partnership in town, and it's red hot.

It’s not always what you know, but who you know. That’s why we made a bee-line to our friends at the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) when we first started scheming about launching the region’s premier shared workspace and coworking community. We knew full well that there would be no better place in town to get connected up with resources, movers and shakers that we might never encounter on our own. And we were right.

KEDA has been our eyes and ears from day one, helping make sure that the decisions we make are grounded in the most up-to-date local data available, and introducing us to rockstar local leaders at every opportunity. KEDA refers to itself as “your business matchmaker”, which is really kind of perfect. These gals and guys are masters of their trade, and ridiculously fun to work with, too.

That’s why we’re over the moon excited to welcome the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance  to Vibe as our very first Vibe Corporate Catalyst.

Similar to the Vibe Founding40, our Corporate Catalysts hold a special spot in our hearts as bold visionaries who share our passion for revolutionizing the way we live and work in Kitsap.

So many of us are ready to say goodbye to tiresome commutes, less than professional coffee shop client meetings and lonely days working from home. Here at Vibe, we’re thrilled to be bringing a happier, healthier, more connected way of working to Kitsap, and we’re grateful that KEDA believes in its potential just as much as we do.

Working with companies like Vibe is why I love being a part of KEDA. I am privileged to meet and work with the true visionaries of our community—the business owners and dreamers. I am excited each time I hear about a new project, a success, or am able to introduce one great business owner to another. The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance looks forward to the energy that Vibe will bring to Kitsap.
— Kathy Cocus, KEDA Business Development Director, KEDA

As we countdown to opening day late this Fall, expect to see the KEDA name appearing right along beside ours. We’re grateful for their support in bringing Vibe Coworks to life for all of us here on the Peninsula, and especially the work they’re doing with the Campaign for Kitsap. In the words of KEDA CEO, John Powers, “On Kitsap!”

Your charitable donations could be doing so much more

Your charitable donations could be doing so much more

When Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce chief, Sue Allison asked if I'd speak at this month's Networking Luncheon, the answer was easy (yes!). And while I would have loved to hop on stage and spend 30 precious minutes of your time talking about why everyone and their mother (and brother, and sister, and father...) really should be making a mad dash to ditch the status quo and join up with the future of work + life that we're building at Vibe Coworks, the truth is nobody wants to be marketed at. I get that. (Even if you really, really should come join us. Stat.)

Instead, I want to talk to you about how **smart** businesses go beyond one-off charitable donations to instead build partnerships that take their profits, impact and culture to the next level. 

Did you get that?

The smartest, most successful businesses today are ones that go beyond one-off charitable donations and instead build social impact partnerships purposefully and intentionally into their culture, products and marketing.

Here in Poulsbo, that should be ALL of us. 

That's because consumers are increasingly demanding that their dollars go to businesses that 'do good'. I know I am. And not just in a one-off, 'I sponsored X, Y and Z random event' kind of way, but in a meaningful, intentional, impact-driven partnership sort of way.

Same goes for new hires. Ask any business leader who has already adopted this approach and s/he will almost surely tell you that their commitment to social impact partnerships has also become one of the most powerful recruitment and retention tools for bringing in—and hanging on to—top talent. 

Some of you are probably asking why I'm talking about this. 

Well, in addition to wearing the hat of CEO and Cofounder of Vibe, Kitsap's premier shared workspace and coworking community, I am also the Regional Community Engagement lead for WaterAid, the world's largest international nonprofit dedicated to helping women and girls gain access to clean water, safe toilets and menstrual health education.

I'm lucky to have spent the last 15 years working with international organizations including the UN Refugee Agency, UN World Food Programme, International Catholic Migration Commission and WaterAid to publicize important untold stories, influence policy makers, and craft powerful social impact partnerships, including with brands and businesses including ARUP, American Standard, The Body Shop, Coca-Cola, H&M, HSBC, Western Union and The Hunger Games / Lionsgate.

Over the course of all that, I've learned a thing or two about partnerships, employee engagement, and what makes meaningful, impactful charitable different from just cutting a check and hanging a donor plaque. I've also learned a thing or two about how to go about building those relationships.

And you know what the funny thing is? One thing I've learned is that of some of the most authentic, impact-driven relationships take root and accelerate more quickly in coworking spaces like Vibe than they do most anyplace else. Imagine that.  

So come join me. Let's have a chat about how all of us can do well by doing good, right here in Poulsbo.

Wednesday, July 12 // 11.30am - 1pm 
Doing well by doing good, with Vibe Coworks CEO Alanna Imbach
July Poulsbo Chamber Monthly Networking Luncheon
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The West Sound’s premier women’s summit is coming to Poulsbo

The West Sound’s premier women’s summit is coming to Poulsbo

Get ready. Sparkwood Events announced last week that early-bird registration to the 2017 Inspired You summit is *now open*, and we are stoked. Not familiar with Inspired You? Inspired You is the premier one-day event for women seeking inspiration in their personal and professional lives (you know who you are!), right here in Kitsap. Set to take place at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino on Sunday, October 15, think big city quality, right here at home.  

 So what's this got to do with Vibe? Here are 5 big reasons why we're all in (and you should be too):

1. Inspired You celebrates West Sound women supporting West Sound women.

“This event is where you’ll find new connections and friendships, renew your sense of community, and find the inspiration you need to take on your next personal challenge,” says Jackie Wood, Inspired You founder and President of Sparkwood Events. “In a world where women spend more time thinking about what we have to do than we want to do, Inspired You offers an important and refreshing opportunity to discover and embrace what’s working, and let go of the things that are not.” 

The one-day summit is the only one of its kind in the region, and has been praised for creating an environment for local women to step back, learn, connect, reflect and reignite their diverse personal and professional passions in an inspirational and supportive environment.

2. The 2017 line-up of speakers is going to blow. your. socks. off.

From opening keynote Stephanie Jackson, to Lindsey Carnett, Megan Dalhman, Jenny Ingram, Jessie Nino, Kerry Slone, Kelly Welk and more, your head is guaranteed to spin with new tips, tricks and inspiration on how to design the life you love. Thinking of ducking out early? Don’t. Vibe Coworks cofounder Alanna Imbach has signed on as closing keynote and will be sending you off with some sweet news that we’ve got up our sleeve. You’ll hear it at first, at Inspired You. 
 

3. Inspired You speaks the language of Vibe: we're ready to change the way we live+work in Kitsap.

Don’t get us wrong, we absolutely want to see just as many men around Vibe as we do women. But in a society where women start companies at twice the rate of men but receive only 13% of the total angel financing availableand in a region where child care options are limitedwe’ve got work to do. Vibe is designed to be a launchpad, giving you the freedom, flexibility, resources and connections you need to accomplish the amazing things you’re aspiring to, whatever that may be.
 

4. Inspired You is the kickass brainchild of a Vibe Founding40 member

When we put out the call for 40 bold visionaries to join with us in creating Kitsap’s largest, most cutting-edge coworking community, Inspired You founder and Sparkwood Events President Jackie Wood was among the first to sign up. “Kitsap is the best place to raise a family, in my opinion, but I am so excited about having the ability to have a home away from my home office that doesn’t involve a coffee shop”, she told us.

 So what’s the only thing better than a first-class event produced by a Vibist? A first-class event that also features other Vibists. Like Lindsey Carnett of Marketing Maven, for example, another powerhouse Founding40 member on the docket to speak at Inspired You 2017. Swoon.
 

5. Did someone say brunch? And cocktails? And $30 off? Yes, yes they did.

Tickets to Inspired You 2017 are just $149 if you snag yours at inspiredyouevent.com before July 15 using the code COUNTMEIN. Not too shabby for a day of learning, connecting and strategizing alongside some of the West Sound’s most inspirational women. Another thing we love? A portion of this year’s proceeds will go to Morrow Manor in Poulsbo, which offers female survivors of domestic violence and their children a safe and supportive place to rebuild their lives. Oh yeah. We’re in.

Construction underway on 'community hub'

Construction underway on 'community hub'

New home underway for ChocMo, High Spirits, Crabtree Kitchen + Bar, Vibe Coworks.

POULSBO—Construction is underway on Tim Ryan Construction's newest project: a two-story building with underground parking that will house retail, office, restaurant and special event space. 

Conceptual rendering of the lobby of Poulsbo's new Work. Eat. Drink. building on 8th Avenue, developed by Tim Ryan Properties.

Conceptual rendering of the lobby of Poulsbo's new Work. Eat. Drink. building on 8th Avenue, developed by Tim Ryan Properties.

The building is scheduled to be the first private or public building in Poulsbo with LEED credentials, the company stated in an announcement of the project, on 8th Avenue.

The building boasts a functional design meant to offer a means for people to explore the space and all it has to offer. 

Among the new tenants: ChocMo and High Spirits.

"The project is on track for LEED certification by the United States Green Building Council by virtue of the very design elements it naturally possesses," the announcement states. "Using sustainable elements enhances the building design, as well as the operational efficiency, and the impacts that they have on our community both now and long term are important to us." 

Tim Ryan Construction, or TRC, collaborated with Rice Fergus Miller, Inc to achieve a building design that meets the needs of tenants and considers adjacent properties. The site backs up to Centennial Park and the south fork of Dogfish Creek. The building was designed for visitors to enjoy the park, the company announcement stated.

Using the property to showcase edible landscape plantings wherever possible will provide an opportunity for community members to gain an understanding of nature in an unprecedented manner. Easily accessible by foot, bicycle or car, the building will be an attraction for both locals and visitors alike.

"This new building is a family project, built for Tim Ryan Properties," TRC President, Dan Ryan, said in the announcement. The lease spaces are designed for third-generation family member businesses: ChocMo, High Spirits liquor store, Crabtree Kitchen + Bar and Vibe Coworks.

Conceptual rendering of High Spirits, a liquor store in the new Work. Eat. Drink. building on 8th Avenue in Poulsbo. Construction is now underway. High Spirits and ChocMo will move to the site from 7th Avenue. Other tenants—all family businesses—include Vibe Coworks and Crabtree Kitchen + Bar.

Conceptual rendering of High Spirits, a liquor store in the new Work. Eat. Drink. building on 8th Avenue in Poulsbo. Construction is now underway. High Spirits and ChocMo will move to the site from 7th Avenue. Other tenants—all family businesses—include Vibe Coworks and Crabtree Kitchen + Bar.

"As longtime residents of Kitsap County, the family is excited to bring this unique building as a lasting contribution to the community," said Ryan.

Construction is expected to be completed in early 2018.

This is a long-time Kitsap County team, with Rice Fergus Miller hitting the 30-year milestone in 2017, and TRC celebrating its 60th anniversary. TRC has been building in Kitsap County since the early 1970s. TRC's local projects include the Poulsbo Village Shopping Center, Poulsbo Village Medical Center, the former Union Bank building, West Sound Academy, and the Suquamish Museum.

Tim Ryan Construction was awarded the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award in 2016 for its contributions to the community as a supporter of youth organizations, health and human services and the arts. 

Rice Fergus Miller is a 47-person architecture, design and planning firm, located in downtown Bremerton. 

As published in the North Kitsap Herald, Friday, May 26, 2017, page A13.

How coworking can lower your taxes, and your stress

How coworking can lower your taxes, and your stress

Yay, tax season! (Said no normal human being ever). If you're anything like the 56% of American adults who say that tax filing season is among the most anxiety ridden times of the year, you've probably spent a fair bit of time these last days trying to find those last six receipts that you know you saved right there... or was it there?... or crap, I have no actually have no freaking idea. Do you think X vendor will issue me a new one? Like NOW??

And when you're done crawling around behind the dusty file cabinet in a futile attempt to find that one rogue, yet essential, receipt, you can start working on that revered home office deduction. All you have to do is measure the size of your office, calculate what percentage your office takes out of your whole home, do a little voodoo, and deduct that percentage from your indirect household expenses. Not into measuring tapes? Just deduct by room. Or by square foot and the magical the $5 flat rate... 

Wait. What's that, you say? You don't actually have a physical home office, but more of an 'hour on the couch, 3 hours at the dining table, 4 hours at the kitchen counter' type of home office? Yeah, sorry. You're screwed. No IRS home office deduction for you (unless you happen to have a really smart tax advisor, perhaps?)

That's why we'd like to blow your mind for just a minute: your coworking membership at a place like Vibe Coworks can put an end to all of that tax prep trauma.

Using a coworking space for business means you finally have a clean way of claiming Tax deductions on your office expenses.

The statements, receipts or invoices that you get from us here at Vibe provide a clear record of expense and, because it is separate from any use of space for personal reasons (like a room at home might be), there is a clean delineation of the business expense. No more hair-brained measuring and calculating of rooms, square feet and percentages of your humble abode, and no more wondering whether your home office claim might trigger your return for an audit. Unless you like that sort of thing. Then by all means, go for it. 

For the rest of us, your coworking expenses are the secret weapon to achieving the tidy tax records and deductions you've been dreaming of. But don't take our word for it. Talk to your personal tax advisor; we'll provide the receipts.

Happy tax day!

 

This PNW designer has something to say about transparency, connectedness and pink hardhats.

This PNW designer has something to say about transparency, connectedness and pink hardhats.

Happy International Women's Day to you! Celebrated in homes, schools and workplaces around the globe, today is a day to celebrate progress, call for change and celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

Interior designer Stéphanie Isaacs is turning conventional on its head at the Vibe coworking space, creating an inspiring new hub for community connectedness in Kitsap. 

Interior designer Stéphanie Isaacs is turning conventional on its head at the Vibe coworking space, creating an inspiring new hub for community connectedness in Kitsap. 

If you didn't get a chance to read our earlier story with Rice Fergus Miller's Kristen Linn, who is blazing trails as the lead architect on the new building that Vibe is proud to call home, you better hop over and do that now (here's the link). But come back and read this, because we've got another powerhouse woman on our team that you really have to meet. Her name: Stéphanie Isaacs. And there's no better day to get to know her than on a day when we're celebrating bold change and 'women in the changing world of work.'

This building will help to change the preconceived notion that you have to live in a big city to feel connected.
— Stéphanie Isaacs

Stéphanie may or may not have known what she was getting into when Rice Fergus Miller assigned her head up all of the interior design work on our project, but we're damn glad to have her with us, and know that you will be too, from the moment you walk in the door at Vibe this Fall. Hear what she has to say about a few things, including transparency, connectedness and pink hardhats.

Vibe: What inspired you to get into interior design?
SI: 
I think it was all those episodes of "This Old House" that I was forced to watch as a kid. Ha! Truthfully, I was always kind of a squirrelly kid with tons of interests. One year I was tap dancing, another year I was on a pottery wheel, and the year after that I was writing poetry. If I'm not constantly learning or experiencing new things, I don't thrive. Design as a career allows me to take a deep dive into worlds outside of my own experience. You're getting inside the thing that you're trying to design, and it requires research and educating yourself about all the moving parts and pieces. Every new project is like going to school I'm a total nerd for it.

Vibe: How would you describe your approach to design? 
SI: 
My design approach really attempts to arrive at the most simple expression of how a thing or space needs to function. I ask myself: 'What is this thing actually trying to accomplish?' Then I look at the problem in its most abstract form. You're questioning everything you know and basically throwing it out the window. Stripping it down often reveals a more beautiful version of itself. Then it's an additive process, playing with scale, texture and materiality to make an aesthetic statement. Sometimes you come up with total crap, but you keep working at it until it's not. It's those Eureka! moments you live for. Any designer will tell you it's not just problem solving. Bucky (Buckminster Fuller) said it best: 'When I'm working on a problem I never think about beauty, I think only how to solve the problem. But when I am finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.'

I’m bummed that we still have to talk about this in 2017. Discrimination, unequal pay, harassment, etc. are all things that you’re going to deal with in any male-dominated profession and you constantly have to prove yourself in the field. Construction sites get interesting. I made it a point to swear more just so I could be ‘one of the guys.’

Vibe: According to a 2016 survey by Women in Architecture, 1 in 5 women worldwide say that they would not encourage a woman to start a career in architecture. How do you feel about that?
SI: Honestly, I'm bummed that we still have to talk about this in 2017. Discrimination, unequal pay, harassment, etc. are all things that you're going to deal with in any male-dominated profession and you constantly have to prove yourself in the field. Construction sites get interesting. I made it a point to swear more just so I could be 'one of the guys.' Yes, there are some stories. A friend of mine attended a conference for women in architecture and they had distributed a gift bag with various things, one of which was a pink hardhat. A PINK HARDHAT. That was literally exactly the opposite of what they should have done. Architecture and design isn't for everyone, but that's not necessarily because you are a woman.

Vibe: Talk to us about Vibe and the building that Vibe will call home. What has been your inspiration behind the design work that you're doing on the project?
SI: 
Vibe and the other tenants of the building hold tight to their values of enriching and elevating the customer / member experience. Vibe does this by reaching out, developing and nurturing community relationships. ChocMo, Crabtree Kitchen + Bar and High Spirits achieve this through educating customers about high quality products and services that are local to the region. There is an educational component to each of the client programs, which really lends itself to the idea of transparency. The building design responds to this by being honest in its use of materials and construction. Nothing fake or fabricated. This transparency of design will help connect the users of the space, and help reinforce the integrity of business and the spirit of the owners. My clients are my inspiration!

Vibe: How do you think Vibe Coworks, and the building space that it's in, will change the world of work for local creatives, entrepreneurs and remote workers in Poulsbo and throughout the Kitsap Peninsula?
SI:
I think this building will help to change the preconceived notion that you have to live in a big city to feel connected. There are so many great stories happening right at the local level and very inspiring entrepreneurial people behind it. If you can give folks a cool place to gather, eat, work and network... you're creating a hub for connectedness. There is really nothing like it in the area!

Vibe: What keeps your creative energy flowing? 
SI: 
Travel. I hardly get to do it enough, but it's the one thing I most look forward to. Again, it's about experiencing anything outside of what you know and attaining a different perspective of the world. Travel provides endless inspiration for creativity. It's a given, and you'll find most creative people actually require it. For me, it's about asking questions about the world. I'm super inquisitive by nature and I like to know why things are the way they are. How could they be different? Do they need to be different? I like to live in a cerebral state of mind most of the time, which generates interesting outcomes in terms of creativity. It's a blessing and a curse.

Vibe: If you could design for anyone, who would it be?
SI: 
Anthony Bourdain!