transform GSO Newsletter: October 2023

by | Oct 13, 2023

Small Business or House of Cards?
As my daddy used to say, Lordamercy — what a week! Does your business have those weeks? Weeks where you think you’re on solid ground, moving forward and then some crazy thing happens and suddenly it feels like a house of cards when that one card gets pulled out, knocked down or something, and before you know it, you’re overwhelmed, scrambling to pick up the cards, trying to figure out what to do to get things back on track.

I think for we small businesses, it’s particularly hard. We’re often low on physical resources and riding a financial wave between success and closure. Many of us are startups and solopreneurs, who only have ourselves to rely on. It can be extraordinarily lonely operating a small business, especially if that one card that’s holding things together gets pulled out.

There’s a great joke that goes like this:
This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, ‘Hey you. Can you help me out?’ The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, ‘Father, I’m down in this hole can you help me out?’ The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by, ‘Hey, Joe, it’s me can you help me out?’ And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, ‘Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.’ The friend says, ‘Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.’

That is a big part of what makes Coworking spaces such an ideal place for your business home. No, your fellow entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and small business owners aren’t the be all and end all to your problems, but even when they don’t have an answer, a resource, a collaboration — they’re likely to be a great sounding board or provide perspective because a lot of them have been down in the hole before — and they know the way out.
No joke.
All good things and Happy Friday — we’ve got this!
PS – if you want to come check out life in our tGSO community, come visit on Free Coworking Day or click on my name, drop me a note and come be my guest for a day.

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Upcoming Events

Free Coworking Day @ transform Greensboro
October 26th, 8:30 am-5:00 pm

Come network and build connections at our two tGSO locations
at 111 Bain St. and 111 W Lewis. Enjoy our locally roasted gourmet coffee while you work in a top-notch environment with great people.
The last Thursday of every month is #freecoworkingday

Mindful Mondays
Monday 9/11/23-5/13/24* 9:00am
111 Bain St – Mountains Room

No Sign-Up Required For Inperson Sessions
To join via Zoom, please sign up through the website.
*Excluded Dates: November 20, 2023; December 25, 2023; April 1, 2024.
Recorded Session: January 1, 2024 (audio available for download).
Zoom Only: January 15, 2024.

Transforming Conversations
November 1, 2023 – January 31, 2024
Open to the Public 8:30a-5p M-F
transform GSO 111 Bain Street

In a world where social media has given everyone a public voice, our conversations seem to have devolved into anger and devisiveness. Our goal with this exhibit is to provide a space in which we can put down our megaphones and explore ideas together. Whether we come to a place of agreement or not, the act of transforming the nature of our conversations opens us all up to the possibility of connection. These five masterful artists give us a platform, both intimate and detached, through which we can explore the nature of ideas through a unique lens.

Launch N Learn: Leveraging Project Management for Successful Small Business Launch
October 24 12-1pm
transform GSO 111 Bain Street

This upcoming Launch N Learn presented by Annette Hayes, President of PMI NC Piedmont TRIAD Chapter, is designed to equip aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners with the fundamental principles and practical applications of project management to ensure a successful launch and sustainable growth of their ventures. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of project management methodologies, tools, and best practices tailored to suit the unique challenges and demands of starting a small business.

Register here.




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