I started at Vibe back in the day when they were still in their temporary location, the Vibe Lab. I was a complete novice to the concept of coworking. What was all the fuss about? Here’s the thing: there was no fuss at all.
There’s something both understated and dazzling about photographer Brittany Kelley. Maybe it’s because she hails from Texas (“Don’t mess with…”), or it could be that she artfully stills her mind for her craft. Or is it that she’s tall and blonde and witty, a wordsmith in her own right, who also comes across as truly steadfast when it comes to character? She’s got the right stuff, that’s for sure, in her presence and her passion.
So you’re an entrepreneur running a startup or a small business, and you’re on the lookout for marketing that speaks to the fire in your belly, the passion on the table, the innovation you believe in? It might be time to call Vibe member Katie Crain, Managing Director and Cofounder of Urban Sherpa Marketing Co. whose mission is to make high-quality marketing possible for every business, no matter the size.
The brain burst for girl-next-door Jenny Ingram’s seminal blog happened one morning in 2004. She wasn’t interested in doing a book at the time, but why not try her hand at blogging? Today, Jenny on the Spot has grown from a hobby into a thriving business. Also a YouTube producer, speaker, social media guru and Vibe Host, Jenny is a Vibist worth knowing.
A pint-sized business woman, Jamie DeTavis is a powerhouse with the creative chops to match. Out on the patio at Vibe Coworks, with the sun (yay!) streaming all around us, she shares that we can all be our own power source, sparking electric ideas in the way we live, and in the work we do.
Data. Market research. Customer acquisition. Whether you’re a small business owner, startup entrepreneur or nonprofit fundraiser, those three things might well be the holy grail we’re all after. But how do you actually find what you’re looking for when you’re strapped for time and short on resources? The answer lies with a white-haired Wonder Woman you may have seen walking the halls of Vibe Coworks of late. Her name: Peggy Branaman.
Antonio García’s career is a global affair, embracing hometowns in Spain, the UK and now the USA. After serving as a mentor for the first cohort of the 6 Month Startup Kitsap program, Antonio is now playing a leading role behind the scenes of the second cohort which, like the first, will be housed at Vibe Coworks.
If you were here at Vibe a few weeks back, you might have caught the sparkling Nancy Bos strike a pose in the hallway with hot property in her hands: a desk nameplate with an engraved “Like a Boss.” A vocologist, author, singer, voice-over artist, thought leader, musician AND part-time Vibe community host, Nancy greets everyone who comes through the door in a beautifully modulated voice.
To say that the Kitsap Bank edg3 FUND competition is inspiring is an understatement. Lucky for us, the Kitsap Bank edg3 Center calls Vibe Coworks home, making it uber easy to pop in and chat with Janet Silcott to learn more about her, the edg3 FUND competition and Kitsap Bank’s larger vision for what our region’s entrepreneurial future holds.
Last week’s Zero proof: Uncovering the potential of the booze-free drinking boom at Vibe Coworks was the ultimate #sobernotboring pre-funk to National Mocktail Week. Bringing together the most unlikely of voices to talk about something that’s been overlooked for far too long—the utter dearth of delicious, sophisticated drink options sans alcohol—Zero Proof was an open dialogue on the very leadership, innovation and cultural disruption that defines the community and entrepreneurial culture at Vibe.
With understated elegance, eyes as bright as crystal blue persuasion and an engaging warm-heartedness, Marnie Clark claims the elephant as her spirit animal. As the founder of National Mocktail Week, Marnie’s vision is all about inclusivity. “For those who don’t drink alcohol, whatever their reasons, I want them to be able to walk in anywhere and feel that they have choices that are fun and taste great. Everyone should be able to join in festivities, whether they’re out and about or at home. That’s why I started creating my own recipes. This is a whole new movement for celebrating the good life.”
In another life, Mary Mason may well have been one of those favorite, super-cozy sweaters you inherited from a loved one. Hip and a bit hippy-like; softened with comfort; quirkily colorful yet somewhat low-key. She’s also a statement for metamorphosis, which her new budding consultancy, The Mpath, embraces.
Ed Hallda is a study in contrasts: animated and reserved; quick on his feet and a quietly deep thinker; enigmatic and open; a would-be comedian/actor but a tech innovator by trade. He delivers witty one-liners along with stories that wrap you up, full of color, character and complexity.
With the help of Poulsbo City Mayor Becky Erickson, the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce and nearly 300 other special guests, the Vibe Coworks Grand Opening Party was more than a just another ribbon cutting: it was a legit celebration of our move into The Centennial and all of the hard work, triumphs and shared achievements that have gotten us to where we are today. The pics are most certainly worth a share, but so too, are the remarks made by Vibe Cofounder and CEO Alanna Imbach.
Committed to the people and causes she cares about most, Kathryn Owen captures what makes human beings tick—and wildlife, too. As a professional evaluator, her job is to uncover the truth, and it’s one she takes seriously, helping people think clearly about what they’re hoping to accomplish and then figuring out how to make that happen.
Maggie, Maggie, Maggie Moore. Her name has a certain ring to it and, in person, she comes alive with all the bells and whistles of a committed professional. That’s because Maggie’s on the move to help make Olympic Community Health (OCH) a sustaining force—one to be reckoned with, providing strategic care and support services for the locals she and her team look out for across Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties.
Whether you’re changing jobs or launching a company, Brett Eddy is your go-to guy. With a spark of mischief in his eyes and a quick smile, he’s recognized for being an innovative business leader in the Kitsap County boom. Brett’s presence is intensely focused; he’s no nonsense. But he is also motivated by compassion for up-and-comers who are testing the waters of entrepreneurship.
We're big on real, authentic human stories about the people who make up our greater Kitsap community. Lucky for all of us, that community includes Magnolia Forest School founders and educators, Jenny Stokes and Brandyn Boyd, two of the West Sound's leading forest school educators.
All across the globe, startup ecosystems are exploding, with varying levels of success. Will Kitsap and the greater West Sound region be next? Many of us believe the answer can be yes.
Susan O’Meara is obsessed with wrangling language in ways that help brands, businesses and individuals grow and shine. She’s also mastered the art of ‘living dangerously and thinking magically’, with an international freelance writing and journalism career that might just make you drool.
If you’re having a long day, a hard day’s journey into night, or a bad hair day, no one can brighten your POV like Anna Choi. This conscious coach is helping to bolster social entrepreneurs and social enterprise (or “socent”) in Kitsap County and beyond—inciting businesses and persons to raise their consciousness.
Vibist Seth Morabito is a renaissance man. He makes technical magic happen, dabbles in linguistics, strikes a chord with musical musings, applauds Steve Martin, embraces the nomad within and crafts emulators for the fun of it. Want to meet an explorer of the software landscape—yesterday’s and today’s? Meet Seth.
An exciting new collaboration between Vibe Coworks and Magnolia Forest Preschool means working parents in Kitsap now have more flexibility than ever before. All Vibe members with a monthly membership of 5 days/month or more can now receive a 10% discount on Magnolia Forest Preschool and summer camps.
Sunny spring days are here, which means many of us are getting inspired to get outside, get in shape and PLAY in this spectacular PNW wonderland we love and call home. Of course, for Vibist Jill Sinkula of Belly Up Fitness, everyday is a great day to get moving, especially if you're a mama.
Registration is now open for 6 Month Startup Kitsap, an acclaimed monthly meetup that develops founders as they develop their business. Developed by tech-entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author, Dave Parker, the inaugural Kitsap cohort kicks off June 6 in Poulsbo, and is the first time the program has been made available outside of Seattle.
6 Month Startup is a new six-month program designed to help you avoid failure and navigate your way through common problems and mistakes as a founder. Farewell half-baked ideas. Hello strategic roadmap for making epic dreams both successful and real.
Jennie Hoffman can make even the most complex of problems seem solvable. She began graduate school with the intention of pursuing an academic career, but eventually decided she'd rather save the world. And so she is.
Michelle Day was passionate about the environment, technology and the cleaning industry. What better way to combine them all than with the birth of a new eco-friendly cleaning company: Kitsap Clean.
Thank you for naming Vibe Coworks 2017 Emerging Business of the Year.
Western Washington University on the Peninsulas 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.