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?
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.
Energy to Spare
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.
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.
Cool Events Coming Soon
Going Solo: Self-Employment Fundamentals Webinar
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
So, you want to take the leap and go solo as a freelancer or consultant? No question about it, having passion and enthusiasm for your area of expertise is critical.
However, there are a few more skills you’ll need to master if you really want to make it as a freelancer or consultant. During this webinar, we will provide you with a quick overview of the tradecraft of being a successful solopreneur.
Just some of the things we’ll cover include:
- Is the solo life right for you?
- Critical steps in setting up your new business
- Designing a better business model
- Pricing your way to success
- How to position yourself in a crowded market
- Creating a powerful sales pitch
We’ll begin promptly at 12:00 pm central for a 40-minute presentation to be followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.
We’ll email the link to access the webinar along with instructions 24 hours prior to the webinar start time.
About the instructor
Don Ball is founding partner of COCO coworking and collaborative space. Prior to COCO, Don was a partner in a usability practice, a marketing agency exec, a content agency owner and freelance writer. He’s had successes. He’s had failures. He’s made all the mistakes you don’t want to make!
Growing Pains? Strategic Selling B2B
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
SCORE Business Coaching at COCO - February
Thursday, February 9, 2017
St. Paul SCORE and COCO have teamed up to provide free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business. Select a 30-minute time slot to meet with a SCORE coach in-person at COCO. 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.
Sales Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs
Thursday, February 16, 2017
This hands-on workshop is designed to create a sales plan for your business that is practical, realistic, and can be executed. Too many entrepreneurs make the same mistakes; not having a strategy for finding customers and under-estimating the time and cost to sell to and market your business. You will learn strategies that can be implemented right away and get started on building your business.
- Writing a Sales Plan for your business
- Finding customers; research and preparation
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools; why using a database matters
- Defining your value proposition; using testimonials effectively
- The sales call; strategies for success
About the instructor:
Mary Jacobs, MA, Director of Center for Sales Innovation at St. Catherine University
Mary also teaches at St. Kate’s on the topics of Sales, Social Entrepreneurship, and Ethics in selling. Mary is Founder of the Women’s Excelerator and has worked with women in mid-career transitioning from employee to entrepreneur. She is an experienced SCORE mentor and workshop facilitator and has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs in many stages f their business from writing their Business Plan to the development of sales and marketing strategies. As a sales leader working at Northwest Airlines and Deluxe, she has worked with employees to develop sales and business acumen. She has worked with executives at Fortune 500 companies and start-ups just learning about building a business. Her passion is working with women in business and developing strategy for sustainability.
AIGA UX Meetup: Building A Culture of Experience
Friday, February 17, 2017
3M Health Care UX Design Principal, Andy Vitale, will address how to tackle organizational culture like a design problem. Andy will draw from his experience at 3M about making strides towards a culture of experience. He’ll share insights and tactics for getting a seat at the table, as well as a strategy for maintaining that seat. He’ll also discuss ways to expand influence and cultivate advocacy.
Design at 3M
Design is the creative heartbeat at 3M, helping to inspire a culture that never stops inventing; we translate insights into solutions that positively impact our business, our customers and our world every day. Within 3M Company, 3M Design is a global community of design professionals inspired by collaborative creativity. We design meaningful brand experiences and enrich 3M innovation. Our diverse design competencies help drive competitive advantage, grow business and delight customers.