Why Run a Coworking Takeover Week?
BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS
The Faces Behind The Pilot
"Younger generations are the drivers of job creation. Rural America is raising these generations, graduating them from high school, then sending them off to college, with most of them never to return. There is a desire for rural communities to innovate, and generate small economies that will support all generations. Through the rise of remote work, and the shared economy, we can make this happen without industrial infrastructure, but through a new infrastructure of community connections, and trust."
Brandon and Britney Schielack 
The PlatForum Founders
Join us at one of our Community Meetings!
Learn what Coworking Takeover Week is all about, 
and how you can participate
Flatonia, TX: Tuesday, 10/2 
HenryK's from 5:30- 7p.m. 
Passed

La Grange, TX: Thursday, 10/4
 My Office Sports Bar & Grill from 5:30- 7p.m.

Round Top, TX: Wednesday, 10/10
 Henkel Square from 5:30- 7p.m.
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Fayette County 
Coworking Takeover Week 
November 12-16, 2018
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Do you want to see a continuation of growth and innovation in your community? 
If you are a business owner, you're on the front lines of this change. 

Do you have any space that is currently under-utilized? Help create a social space for entrepreneurs to work and connect. 

Coworking is a unique model that provides entrepreneurs, contractors, remote workers, and aspiring dream-chasers a space to gather and work. Coworking spaces can vary vastly – from roaming pop-ups, to under-utilized space within an existing business, to purpose-built spaces that provide a wide range of business services.
 
Our team is looking to learn about how this model might work in our community through a pilot trial and we are looking to partner with interested businesses that may have an under-utilized space or a unique multi-purpose space to participate. Are you interested in being a part of the co-work revolution? You can help to create a social space for entrepreneurs to work and connect.

If you're an entrepreneur, commuter, freelancer, home-based business owner, or remote worker - get ready to meet and collaborate with like-minded movers and shakers living Rural On Purpose - just like you!

Looking For MORE?
WHAT'S coworking and 
WHY is it important?
The Pilot 
and The Challenge.
 AVAILABLE HERE!
Get your Rural on Purpose Tees here!
Get Your Swag ON! 
Official  COWORKING TAKEOVER T-SHIRTS are available for purchase online
Would you like to see coworking options right here?
Help us out by completing the SURVEY!
This survey is for remote workers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and home-based workers. 
It’s your chance to tell us what you’re looking for in coworking spaces, and what you value most. 
This info will be (anonymously) shared with vendors, so they’ll know what’s important to you!

Don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard!

FEATURED BLOG POST
Linden + Oak
Why Linden + Oak signed up! 

When we were approached with the opportunity to become a Vendor for the community CoWork Pilot TakeOver Week, we were ALL in, because our vision and concept for Linden and Oak was to always be a co-working space, as we are located in the Charles Clark Medical Centre, and local to so many free-lancers and local entrepreneurs in the surrounding area, so it only made sense to optimize the micro-space we occupy for those individuals needing a positive space to connect with others. 

And then we continued learning all about Rural On Purpose, and it was just something my husband, Matt and I identified with immediately, because we actually do live Rural On Purpose. We prefer small towns and connection with the community and this is something we have always wanted to see in High River! We love the feeling of community and we see everyday how hard working High River really is, so we have always needed spaces to work together to throw ideas out, collaborate, or simply just learning from one another and what is working for our community in High River. 

This is going to be epic for the town, as High River is an up and coming small town outside of the city and this is going to open so many doors for all of our business owners in the community, from Ashley herself at Freshly Pressed to even how we implement use of our space at Linden and Oak, and any free-lancers and bloggers out there like A Lush Life or even new businesses like White Bull and Doug Mitchell Photography that are just a year old! It builds support systems that we haven’t experienced yet in High River and will just show how much strength there is in living Rural on Purpose.
FEATURED BLOG POST
Foothills SNAPS ~ Orvella Small
Co-working Week

So you’re looking for a place to start up your business? Or even occupy space in High River. You too can be a leader in accessible business practices. It benefits everyone when your business is inclusive. Here are a few examples of what to look for when universal design is implemented:
The Space: is the building accessible for all? People with mobility challenges may need a ramp, are the bathrooms accessible for a person who uses a wheelchair or walker? Are the desks or counters well-spaced?

Signage: Large print or high contrast for those with vision challenges

Lighting in the building: natural or bright light

Alternate print material or marketing material: comes in a variety of formats such as high contrast, large print or Braille

Attitude: a positive, welcoming attitude goes a long way in accommodating your customers

Website: be committed to making your website accessible to all regardless of technology or ability and to ensure it displays correctly in current browsers and is compatible across different assistive technologies.

Captioning services: Captioning is effective for the deaf or hard of hearing, but also for people with certain types of learning disabilities and individuals whose first language is not English.

An inclusive society is one in which every citizen is welcome to participate in all aspects of everyday life in the community. To be inclusive, the environment has to be accessible to all citizens. Integrating universal design into any developments and projects so that environments are useable, functional and accessible to everyone, is the secret to a successful business.

In terms of Accessibility and Inclusivity she is meaning everyone included, including those in wheel chairs and with disabilities, older folks, etc
BOOTS on the GROUND 
Volunteer Opportunities
Want to get involved and contribute in a "boots on the ground" way?
This is a community led project and we invite anyone in or around the community to roll up their sleeves and give us a hand. 

Check out the Volunteer page to check out what we need help with and to register as a volunteer! 

Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who is Rural on Purpose?
We’re a social enterprise working with entire communities to pilot new programs and test concepts that support entrepreneurship in rural regions. We understand rural communities need NEW opportunities - not the same old improvement offers. We’re a group of trailblazers and trendsetters intent on delivering these opportunities, without deferring to urban “experts”. ROP knows rural communities need to reach higher and stretch further, and we’re the yogis who will show you how.
2. What is coworking?
Coworking is like having a gym membership, but it’s a space for working, not “working out”. You pay to use the facility and services and you have options like hot desks, which are working areas shared by different people (like treadmills at a gym...but with much less sweat involved). Internet, coffee, and meeting rooms are common elements of coworking. Many coworking facilities offer service options like legal, accounting, and marketing support, as well as a calendar of events and workshops. 
3. What is a pilot?
A pilot project is a small-scale test of an idea, designed to limit the impact of failure, validate the benefits, and generate support for a larger solution. 
4. Why should my community do a coworking pilot?
In less than a decade the majority of our workforce will be freelance. Freelancers are self-employed people working for different companies on projects or contracts. Currently, 50% of millennials are freelancing. Coworking is one of the BIGGEST trends supporting this group, and is mainly in urban centres. Rural communities are not urban centres, and statistics show the majority of standalone rural coworking centres are NOT profitable. 

A pilot program mitigates the risk and impact of failure. It allows rural communities to test coworking on a small-scale. With little added risk, an existing business could make additional income by including a small coworking option. Studies show that cost savings, convenience, and collaboration are the greatest benefits of working in cities. NOT so in rural coworking spaces. Rural freelancers and home-based workers want and NEED connection and community. Isolation is a real problem for rural entrepreneurs. The global coworking survey shows that rural entrepreneurs are calling out for coworking options, wanting them just as much as urban entrepreneurs. Your community can answer this call. We just have to approach it differently - in a Rural on Purpose way.  

5. As a coworker, do I have to pay to attend Coworking Takeover Week?
Daily costs are assigned by each vendor. Some locations may be free to work at, while others may charge. Check out the list of participating vendors to see whether or not there is a cost to work at each location. 
6. As a vendor, do I have to pay to attend Coworking Takeover Week?
Nope. Vendor registration is 100% free!
7. I have a small space and can’t fit that many remote workers - how can I limit this?
No problem. When you’re registering as a vendor online, just make note of this in the additional comments section. You can also request remote workers to pre-book space at your event in any way you wish (ex. By email, in-person, filling out an online form, etc.). 
8. I don’t have anywhere for remote workers to sit, but I still want to participate as a vendor - how can I?
Coworking Takeover Week is about SO MUCH MORE than giving remote workers a place to sit. It’s about building an ecosystem of support within the community, and ANYONE can participate in this. 

To get you thinking, here’s a list of how vendors could offer services beyond a physical work space:
  •  Daycares - offer a discounted service for remote workers that week
  •  Restaurants - offer a “remote worker” special that week
  •  Grocery Stores - offer a “Shop & Drop” program - remote workers leave their grocery lists and employees gather the items and deliver them to the coworking venue
  •  Laundromats - offer special “wash and fold” services for remote workers that week 
  •  Shuttle / Bus Companies - offer discounted shuttle services around the town or to / from a larger city centre
  •  Banks - offer information sheets / booklets on running a home-based business
  •  Electronic stores - offer information sheets / presentations on lighting for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and blue light exposure (from electronics) 
This list is NOT exclusive. So if your business is not on it, do not despair. Please get creative and join us - we can’t wait to see what you come up with!
9. What's the passport all about?
This passport is for remote workers - you can carry it around to all the vendors you visit throughout the week and get it stamped at each location. Then you can complete a super short survey, turn it in, and it serves as your ballot in a draw to win a prize. You’ll also vote for your favourite vendor on it - and the vendor with the most votes will win another prize. 

10. How does Coworking Takeover Week (CTW) work?
  •  Be Informed: Check out the businesses registered for CTW on the Participating Vendors page
  •  Plan ahead: Book time in venues you’re interested in working at - or walk-in throughout the week to businesses that don’t require pre-booking
  •  Get Your Swag: When you go to a business to cowork, pick up your Map and Passport (These are also available at CTW HQ) 
  •  Work, Work, Work: From November 12-16, cowork to your heart’s content!
  •  Get Stamped: Get your passport stamped (or otherwise marked) at each venue you visit
  •  Vote: On the back of your passport, vote for the vendor you believed to be the “best participating business” 
  •  Help a Vendor Win: The vendor votes will be tallied, and the vendor with the most votes will win the vendor prize!
  •  Hand in Your Passport: Submit your passport to CTW HQ
  •  WIN: Once submitted, your passport is your ballot in the draw for the remote worker prize!
  •  Stay Tuned: CTW is wrapped - stay tuned for a Final Report
11. Want to Join the Movement?
Join the CoWork Fayette County Community

Email us here to receive an invite:
info@coworkfayettecounty.com

12. I'm a vendor. How do I submit a blog post?
Blog posts are accepted by participating vendors only. 
You can email your blog post (preferably including pictures) to: info@coworkfayettecounty.com

Coworking Takeover Week (CTW):
How It Works
1. Be Informed: Check out the businesses registered for CTW on the Participating Vendors page.

2. Plan ahead: Book time in venues you’re interested in working at - or walk-in throughout the week to businesses that don’t require pre-booking.

3. Get Your Swag: When you go to a business to cowork, pick up your Map and Passport (these are also available at CTW HQ - [Location Name]). 

4. Work, Work, Work: From November 12th to 16th, cowork to your heart’s content!

5. Get Stamped: Get your passport stamped (or otherwise marked) at each venue you visit.

6. Vote: On the back of your passport, vote for the vendor you believed to be the “best participating business”. 

7. Help a Vendor Win: The vendor votes will be tallied, and the vendor with the most votes will win! (Prize TBA)

8.Hand in Your Passport: Submit your passport to CTW HQ: [Location Name].

9. WIN: Once submitted, your passport is your ballot in the draw to win! (Prize TBA)

10. Stay Tuned: CTW is wrapped - stay tuned for a Final Report.
Accomplished in collaboration with our Community Partners:
Our Sponsors:
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