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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

Going Solo: Self-Employment Fundamentals Webinar

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

12:00pm—1:00pm

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

Webinar schedule
We’ll begin promptly at 12:00 pm central for a 40-minute presentation to be followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

Webinar access
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!

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Growing Pains? Strategic Selling B2B

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

12:00pm—1:30pm

As you move beyond startup into a growth focus, do you find yourself short on time to sell, short on profit from sales, and/or short on confidence with hiring sales and marketing? If so, this workshop is for you! This highly interactive session will clarify your challenges and take action, qualify sales opportunities based on value, and place prospects in the right position in a managed sales process designed for your business.
You’ll leave with new insight on “the business of sales” and an Opportunity Scorecard for ranking any type of prospect that may come your way!
PRESENTERS
Leo J. Bogee III is a COCO member with many COCO clients in his marketing practice focused on growing the business brands and professional reputations of entrepreneurs from startup through maturity.
Evan Reminick, also a COCO member, helps small businesses plan and grow strategically through big-picture communications and customer insight.
Chuck Prescott is the principal of Prescott Sales Pilots, which helps growing small businesses confirm purchasing demand, develop early leads, and gather intelligence to refine their 1:1 sales messaging.
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SCORE Business Coaching at COCO - February

Thursday, February 9, 2017

11:00am—1:00pm

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.

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Sales Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs

Thursday, February 16, 2017

11:30am—1:30pm

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

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AIGA UX Meetup: Building A Culture of Experience

Friday, February 17, 2017

8:15am—10:00am

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.

About the presenter:
Andy Vitale, 3M Health Care UX Design Principal
Andy Vitale is a UX Design Principal at 3M, where he is focused on translating human insights into actionable experiences that improve the healthcare industry. Andy is responsible for leading a team that creates immersive, emotional experiences for 3M Health Care’s enterprise solutions that seamlessly integrate digital and physical workflows for patients, payers, and providers. With 17 years of experience in the design industry, Andy has held multiple roles as a designer, entrepreneur, education department chair, and team leader.

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.

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