Minneapolis – Uptown

In the heart of one of the city’s most bustling neighborhoods, COCO Uptown is located at the intersection of Lake and Lagoon, along the Greenway bike route. Close to the lakes, shops, unique restaurants and nightlife. Memberships available at this location for individuals, groups and enterprise. 

User's Guide

Events

Local Legends with Kieran Folliard

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

6:00pm—8:00pm

We’ll be hanging with this transplanted Irishman and learning all about his graceful transitions from building Irish pubs in the Twin Cities to creating the 2 Ginger Irish Whiskey brand to navigating the brands that call the FOOD BUILDING home. Come prepared with questions!

Agenda

  • 6-6:30 – Check-in & networking
  • 6:30-7:30 – Program
  • 7:30-8 – Networking

About the Local Legends speaker series
Startups are nothing new in Minnesota. Many of the products and services we take for granted were started by a lone entrepreneur at some time. Target, General Mills, Medtronic, 3M, Best Buy? All founded by someone with a big idea. We want to sit down with the founders of well-known and much-loved local businesses and projects and simply ask them, “how’d you do it?”

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Cowork at COCO Uptown & SCORE Business Coaching

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

9:00am—5:00pm

Have you been wondering what this whole coworking craze is all about? Now is the time to try it out first-hand…for free! COCO Uptown is hosting a free day of coworking for you to check us out. We’ll also have SCORE Business coaches on hand from 10 am to Noon to meet with you and give free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business. SCORE coaches deliver valuable, timely, and practical advice based on the current needs of your business. Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, coaches can help you open new markets, reach new customers, and achieve new goals. Make it a full day at COCO by attending our evening event, Local Legends with Kieran Folliard. Use the code GuestofCOCO to register for the event at the member rate!

Cowork with us for an hour or nestle in and stay the entire day away. Everyone is welcome, whether you usually work from home, are thinking of starting a business, already have a business off the ground, or just want a change of scenery! Here are a few of the amenities you will be able to enjoy during your free day:

  • Unlimited, quality coffee and tea
  • Speedy 1GB WiFi powered by Comcast for Business
  • The ability to work with your furry friend (we are dog-friendly)
  • And much more!

What to bring:

  • Power supply for your computer AND mobile devices
  • Headphones or earbuds (universal coworking symbol for “Do Not Disturb”)
  • Mouse & keyboard, if you use ‘em
  • Home lunch (we have a refrigerator, microwave, oven and range or money for lunch at a local eatery.)
  • Business cards
  • Positive attitude!
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Social Media for Your Small Business

Thursday, July 27, 2017

9:00am—10:30am

Between Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Yelp, and beyond– it can be overwhelming to keep track of your business’s social media presence. As more people turn to social media to inform their decisions about brands, it is no longer something you can push under the rug or leave untouched for weeks or months at a time. But no need to fear! Tyler Olson from SMCpros will be walking through how to build a social media strategy that fits your small business or professional service firm. Hear about topics like:

  • How often should I be posting?
  • What platforms should I be using?
  • What’s the deal with Facebook’s algorithm?
  • Should I be using paid advertisements on social media?
  • Is social media worth it and how do I get a return for the time and money I put in?
  • How do I manage my time on social media as a small but mighty team?

THE SCALE YOUR BUSINESS SERIES
We’re putting on monthly business skills presentation focused on bringing you the tools you need to push your business to the next level. We bring you a presenter that will educate you on relevant topics to help you grow your business and career. The series is free for COCO members.

PRESENTER
Tyler Olson, CEO, SMCpros

When Foursquare needed help integrating itself across the Internet, they called upon Tyler Olson, Chief Executive Officer of SMCpros and a nationally recognized speaker. Tyler is an accomplished entrepreneur and SMCpros is his seventh business venture. With over 100 social media speaking engagements in the last two years in front of over 10,000 people, Tyler is one of the most experienced social media presenters you will find. He is one of the most dynamic, data-driven, and experienced Gen Y speaker on social and digital media, Tyler will ensure that any audience leaves with new insights.

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Local Legends with Lili Hall

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

6:00pm—8:00pm

Lili Hall founded KNOCK in 2001 after 14 years in brand-building and business development. Throughout those years, Lili dreamed of starting a branding and design firm that would fulfill her vision of a more perfect union of amazing design talent and insightful business acumen. In 2001, she made KNOCK a reality. As KNOCK’s founder and president, Lili has grown KNOCK into a successful enterprise that continually achieves proven results for clients.

Agenda

  • 6-6:30 – Check-in & networking
  • 6:30-7:30 – Program
  • 7:30-8 – Networking

About the Local Legends speaker series
Startups are nothing new in Minnesota. Many of the products and services we take for granted were started by a lone entrepreneur at some time. Target, General Mills, Medtronic, 3M, Best Buy? All founded by someone with a big idea. We want to sit down with the founders of well-known and much-loved local businesses and projects and simply ask them, “how’d you do it?”

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Meet some of our awesome members

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Lindsi

Owner/Doer

What’s your why?

I’m working on building the life I want to live. I choose the clients and partners I want to work with. I decide how much sleep I need, and how to get it. I set up shop wherever it makes sense for me, and wherever I’ll be most productive. I decide when to turn off, and when to turn on. I don’t want a life of spending an arbitrary number of hours in an arbitrary 10×10’ space. I want a life that includes me having ample time to stay healthy and happy, to be with the people I love, and to work on things that matter to me personally.

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Dan

Founder

Where will your dreams take you?

Building a complete life for myself that challenges my thinking, keeps me learning, and keeps me happy!

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Jenna

Founder/Developer

What’s your next big thing?

Partnering with the Twin Cities Geekettes and Gr8Ladies on Hack the Gap was my last ‘big thing’ and now that that is mostly wrapped up, I’m off looking for my next big adventure.

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Samantha

Deputy Campaign Manager

What inspires you?
Nature, wildlife, gardening, parenting, cooking, traveling.

 

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Andrew

Web Developer

What inspires you?

Artisans—no matter in what capacity or role. Anyone who has made a conscious decision to dedicate their life to becoming the best at something, anything.

 

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