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 & Small Business Fundamentals
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
So, you want to 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 class we will provide you with an overview of the tradecraft of being a successful solopreneur. Just some of the things we’ll cover include:
- The right way to quit your job
- Critical steps in setting up your new business
- Being comfortable being in business
- Designing a better business model
- How to position yourself in a crowded market
- Branding: thinking beyond your logo
- Creating a powerful sales pitch
- Considering your service/product mix
- Pricing your way to success
- How to do less of the stuff you hate (accounting)
- Building momentum through partnerships, alliances & joint ventures
Startup Grind – Tom Salonek
Monday, September 12, 2016
Tom Salonek is the founder and CEO of Intertech, a Minnesota-based technology consulting and training firm. Intertech has won over 50 awards including landing nine-times on the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing companies in America, being named eleven-times to The Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Minnesota.
Adulting 101: Understanding Wine
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The world of wine can be a bit overwhelming! Join us at COCO and learn the basics of wine and wine tasting from an expert. This hands on class will run you through a handful of hand-selected wines by our instructor, Chuck Kanski of Solo Vino Bottle Shop.
This class is for you if:
- You love wine, but have a tough time choosing a bottle at the the shop
- You know nothing about wine and want to learn the basics
- You want to know the difference between a $5 bottle and $45 bottle
- You want tips on choosing and delicious and affordable bottle of wine
Chuck Kanski is owner of Solo Vino, an independent wine shop located in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood of St. Paul whose inventory is always changing to keep up with the fast moving world of wine.
COCO Chicago Open House
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Visit us at COCO, and see what our community is all about! We have revamped our newest space and are celebrating with an open house on Wednesday, September 14. We would love to meet you and learn more about how COCO can support you and your business.
Join us for snacks and refreshments! We look forward to meeting and showing you around.
Financing and Lending Preparation Workshop
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
As part of Twin Cities Startup Week, come for a lunch and learn about how to get your business ready to be banked and looked at by investors. Specialists from Sunrise Banks and Crow River Financial will host a short workshop to help you understand what is needed to move your business finances forward.
Sleep: As crucial to your business as customers and capital
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
SLEEP! We need it, we love it- but why does it always feel as if we don’t get enough of it? In today’s fast paced world, our sleep is counter-productively sacrificed as we try to accomplish more and more. Unfortunately, the quality of our work and daily lives suffers in return. Are you tired of walking around tired? Join us to learn all about the role sleep plays in your life- including how the quality and quantity of your sleep can impact your day, tips and tricks to achieve better sleep, actions to take (or stop taking) to improve your sleep, signs and symptoms of common sleep disorders and more.
This session may be particularly advantageous for sleep-deprived startup founders, energy-zapped entrepreneurs or just about anyone who is launching/growing/scaling a business and feels like they could benefit from better sleep habits.
Presenter: Sarah Moe, RPSGT, Founder & CEO, Sleep Health Specialists
Writing Performant English (or, Poetry for Startups)
Thursday, September 22, 2016
This Lunch and Learn is for brilliant startup founders who have trouble communicating with other kinds of humans. Founders have exotic skills: technical prowess, singular focus, novel and strange ways of seeing the world. But those very same talents often lead you to have trouble communicating—and you have to communicate to get your startup off the ground. In today’s session, we’ll practice ways of thinking about your startup that compile to lucid and compelling English. In other words: we’ll make your pitch into poetry.
Presenter: Neil Chudgar, Communications Strategist
Using Your Product to Grow Your Product
Friday, September 23, 2016
Join Jason Hable (VP Growth) and Tamer Selim (Director of Product) from When I Work to discuss marrying your product and distribution channel to maximize your growth. Learn how to design your product from the start with distribution in mind and how to construct a product-enabled growth machine to scale your business. Hear real world examples from Tamer and Jason’s experience at When I Work, Code42, TuneIn, Disney Interactive and Playdom.
Fireside Chat with Local Diversity and Inclusion Leaders
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Join us for an evening of conversation about diversity and inclusion in the local business community as we announce the call for applicants to COCO’s 2017 Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) Program.
Bring your questions for a panel of professionals working to advance diversity and inclusion in the Twin Cities who are ready to answer your inquiries about: navigating workspaces that lack diversity as a person of color, forming diverse partnerships that support your path to success, and promoting inclusion within the culture of your organization. Our panelists for the evening: Tasha Byers from the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, Jenna Pederson from Hack the Gap, and Sharon Kennedy Vickers of Blacks in Technology.
The 2016 EIR recipient, Alex Rodriguez, co-founder of WorkMand will formally announce the open call for applications to the 2017 EIR program. The EIR program is a partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs and CODE2040. The recipient of the 2017 EIR program will receive a cash stipend, a membership to COCO, a retreat to the Googleplex in Silicon Valley for training and networking, and ongoing support from CODE2040, Google for Entrepreneurs and COCO to grow their business and support the local Black and Latina/o technical/entrepreneurial community.
We will cap off the evening with a fireside chat about diversity and inclusion with a local business leader (speaker tba).
Thank you to our event sponsor, Thrivent Financial!
Camp COCO 2016
October 7—9, 2016
It’s back! And it’s bigger, badder…and campier!
Camp COCO is a weekend retreat for members and friends of COCO. It’s a slightly wild experience on the North Shore of Lake Superior, where you can wear plaid and flannel without any sense of irony.
Don’t miss this year’s Camp COCO! Speakers include:
• Dessa – rapper, singer and member of Doomtree
• Nora McInerny Purmort – author of “It’s Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too)”
• Robert Stephens – founder of Geek Squad and co-founder of Assist
• Patrick Rhone – blogger and author