About

COCO is a destination for growing businesses. Our mission is to inspire and enable entrepreneurs and small business owners to grow their ventures and bring prosperity to our community.

We offer private and semi-private workspaces for businesses with employees, as well as coworking memberships for solo-entrepreneurs, freelancers and remote workers. All in a collaborative environment that’s built for productivity, networking and socializing when you need it.

COCO facts

  • Founded in 2010 in Lowertown St. Paul, MN
  • Founders: Don Ball and Kyle Coolbroth
  • 5 locations in MN and IL

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Meet our COCO crew

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Shelby

Executive Assistant

What inspires you?

The human experience and how beautiful and endless the universe is. Everything about that just makes me feel so small, yet so important at the same time. We are all we have in this infinite place so we might as well make the most of it and care for one another!

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Kyle

CEO + Cofounder

Big thing I’m working on…
Imagine a world where you actually live the life of your dreams. A place where students are taught to explore and follow dreams, and where adults actively discuss and pursue those dreams. And where the word dream is not a fuzzy thing you do while doing nothing, but instead is a active agent that inspires you to action and inspires those around you.
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Claire

Community Host, Northeast Minneapolis and St. Paul

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by risk takers and creative thinkers! I love hearing people’s craziest ideas, and I love the way a person’s face lights up when they’re talking about something they’re passionate about. Even more so, I’m inspired by action. Observing people take on big, new challenges without letting the fear of failure hold them back really inspires me to act more boldly in my own life.

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Damola

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

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Erin

Community Manager

What inspires you? My family. 100%. They have been the biggest supporters my entire life. Especially my husband. He is the absolute hardest worker I have ever met, and never have I heard him complain once. He always pushes me to be my best and believes in me. I am inspired by people and their stories of who they are, where they’ve been and where they want to go. Taking a moment or two and just looking around you and inhaling all of the beauty of the world and the opportunities that are in front of us. I am inspired by change in the community and movement in the society we live in right now.

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Carolyn

Community Manager, Northeast Minneapolis

What inspires you? 

I am inspired by risks and adventures. I love witnessing people strive for something new; finding new ideas that have the potential to fail, as well as the potential to be amazing. I live with intentions to not let living a good life keep me from leading a great life, and sharing that concept with others. Inspiration happens everyday, you just have to live with eyes open to see it.

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Steve

Community Manager, St. Paul

What’s your next big thing?

I’ve always wanted to try my hand at stand-up comedy. Spending time around the many dreamers and doers at COCO has inspired me to go for it!

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Megan

Director of Operations

What’s your why?

Happiness. That might sound cliche, but it’s the simple and straightforward guiding force behind everything I do. If something isn’t going to bring happiness in the long run, then it’s not for me.

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Amy

Location Manager

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Andrea

Diversity Coordinator

What inspires you?

Creativity, innovative ideas, passion, and the energy of change-making and progress. Community building, spaces where new ideas are shared, welcome and encouraged. Relationships with fellow dreamers, movers, and builders.

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Emma

Business Manager, Northeast Minneapolis

What big thing are you working on?  

Trying to not let my passions fall to the wayside.  Too often, I let work and routines distract me from my hobbies and passion projects.  I’m working on not only focusing on these things more, but making a conscious effort to integrate them into my daily life.

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Laurie

Director of Marketing & Communications

What inspires you?

Genuine connections. Every day, we have the opportunity to interact with so many different people in various places. What may seem like a small, simple occurrence or conversation at first can end up having a significant impact on our lives. Discovering those moments – which seem increasingly fleeting – often results in experiences that I find deeply inspiring and rewarding.

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Don

Cofounder

What inspires you?

Anything that reminds me how big and mysterious the world is, and how little of it we truly understand. It’s that line from Hamlet: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

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Jamie

Founder at Enerspace Coworking

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Amber

Community Manager, Downtown Minneapolis

What inspires you? I get inspired by curious people who make intentional efforts to improve their communities, and who make these efforts collaboratively within their community. Having been immersed in the arts since I was young, I’ve remained focused on improving the human condition through stories and tailored experiences. When I can sit in either a public or private space and observe the variety of human expressiveness that unfolds, I become inspired both by what is and what can be imagined to become. It’s then that I become inspired to create.

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Chloe

Community Manager

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Sara

Community Manager, Downtown Minneapolis

What inspires you?

My biggest inspiration is my son Caden. He inspires me to be the best person I can be, always focus on what is right, laugh often, and live my life in a way that he would be proud to follow. Nature is another big inspiration in my life. I love getting lost in the woods and admiring all the beauty of the wild. When I am not getting lost in the woods, I love to look up to the sky at night. Space and the stars especially fill me with wonder and pushes me to pursue my dreams knowing that anything is possible. Finally, I love to give back to others. I am a true believer that you get what you put out into the world. Helping others and seeing other people helping others reminds me that there is good out there and it is our responsibility to do all that we can

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Ken

CFO

What inspires you?

People with positive attitudes, helping people, making a difference in others peoples lives, small business, being part of a team.

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Garrio

Growth Manager

What’s your why?
I believe in people, creativity and the power of ideas. I also believe each individual has the potential to be the catalyst by which others unlock their full potential. These beliefs inform my interactions with those I work with, meet and connect with each day.
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Emily

Events and Marketing Manager

What inspires you? 

I am most inspired by people coming together and finding a way to apply their interests and passions to make their community better, happier, and lighter hearted – some of my favorites include art sled rally, empty bowls, Powderhorn 24, and open streets.

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Alissa

Community Manager

What’s your why?
I believe everyone is in search of their passions. I absolutely love learning. I take risks and chase my curiosities every day. So far life has been quite the adventure. I’m planning on staying curious and hunting down what really makes me happy.

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