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People meet and ideas collide at COCO. Join us for one of our regular educational or social events. You can also take advantage of our energetic environment by holding your next meeting at one of our locations.

Why meet at COCO?

Inspirational Spaces

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Our members are doing the work of their dreams. So, we’ve selected and designed our spaces to be worthy of their ambitions. Stop by any of our COCO spaces.

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Energy to Spare

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Our spaces are overflowing with the energy of dreamers and doers. So, forget the hotel conference room – COCO is the kind environment where you and your colleagues can do your best thinking. See what it takes to become a member.

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Innovation-Friendly Rooms

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We believe in the power of collaboration and visual thinking, so at COCO you’re never far from a whiteboard or a flat-panel display. Want to book your next meeting at COCO? Let us know how we can help.

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Cool Events Coming Soon

Startup Grind with Kidizen

Monday, July 24, 2017

6:00pm—9:00pm

Join us for a fireside chat on July 24th with Startup Grind and Kidizen. Kidizen is a marketplace that provides a storefront for moms to independently create and run, earn money and find the latest styles for their kids a community that connects moms with other moms through shared experiences and a shared sense of style a platform that provides a safe venue where moms can express themselves and go through the joys and challenges of motherhood together.

 

 

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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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Cowork at COCO West Loop & Financial Advising Hours with Lake Growth Financial

Thursday, August 3, 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 West Loop is hosting a free day of coworking for you to check us out. We’ll also have Lake Growth Financial advisors on hand from 10 am to 2 pm to meet with you and give free and confidential financial counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business. Lake Growth advisors deliver valuable, timely, and practical advice based on the current needs of your business. Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, advisors can help you organize and prioritize your business’ finances in order to be successful as possible. Stick around for happy hour starting at 4pm!

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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First Annual Silicon North Stars Minnesota Demo Day

Thursday, August 3, 2017

6:00pm—8:00pm

Come join us for the first-ever Silicon North Stars Minnesota Demo Day! You’ll get to hear 16 extraordinary ninth-graders pitch their startup ideas on how to solve a pressing social problem affecting their lives. This event will come just after the students have returned from an immersive week-long summer technology camp in Silicon Valley, where the students visit top tech companies and startups, learning about the Valley and future careers in the innovation economy.

The students are a select group of incredibly talented rising ninth-graders from Minneapolis and St. Paul who come from a variety of diverse backgrounds, but share a passion for technology and the web. We know you’ll love meeting these kids, as well as a growing community of supporters for increasing diversity in tech.

Please join us at CoCo Downtown in Minneapolis starting at 6:00pm. We’ll have light snacks and refreshments, so you only need to bring your friends and your cheering voices. Special thanks to Best Buy for sponsoring this event!

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Startup Grind Hosts Tyrre Burks, Founder/CEO of Player's Health

Monday, August 21, 2017

6:00pm—9:00pm

Join us for another fireside chat on the evening of August 21st to talk with Tyrre Burks, founder of Player’s Health, hosted by Startup Grind. Player’s Health is an interactive mobile platform designed to allow coaches to quickly and easily document any injury that occurs during practice or games. This promotes real time communication between coaches and parents to best care for the health and wellbeing of youth athletes. The company’s HIPAA compliant interface simplifies the flow of youth athlete health information between coach, parent, and healthcare provider. Player’s Health fosters a personalized network of care for each youth athlete.

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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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Scale Your Business: CRM: How It Can Help Your Business Grow

Thursday, August 24, 2017

9:00am—10:30am

Most companies that have experienced growth have a customer relationship management (CRM) system. They’ve learned that investing in technology that streamlines their processes and simplifies their business sales cycle, allowing them to do more with less. Technology like a CRM system can seem like a large investment, in both time and resources, but we’ll break it down to show how it can return on investment.

Even if you are not technically savvy, this is a great opportunity to get an introduction to CRM systems and dive into the following:

  • Do I need a CRM and is it worth it?
  • How does it help marketing, sales, service?
  • How can I use it to scale my business?
  • What are a few options?
  • How to manage your pipeline of customers?
  • What are the benefits of keeping a customer history and what does it look like?
  • Some tips and tricks on how to dive into a system.

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
Eric Lehnen, Marketing Consultant, RedPath

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Startup Grind with Rêve Consulting

Monday, September 18, 2017

6:00pm—9:00pm

On September 18th, Startup Grind will be hosting another fireside chat with Rêve Consulting,  a strategy and service design consultancy, that helps people and organizations innovate and grow.  Rêve began with a mission to reinvent the strategy process. Studies show that 70 percent of all strategies fail, and Rêve aimed to do things differently. Passionate about catalyzing change, Rêve inspires their clients’ belief in what’s possible and unlocks their potential to design and deliver human-centered services, experiences and entirely new businesses. Please join us to enjoy a few hours of networking and food to learn more about Rêve Consulting.

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