Jean publishes a blog called the Enterprise Corner. It features articles on entrepreneurship, local industry trends, manufacturing news and periodic ‘toolbox’ articles showcasing assistance, incentives and other resources for local businesses.
Yakima has a cool new group called Maker Space which is promoting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. Maker spaces are popping up all over the United States and abroad. They have grown out of the spontaneous collaboration found among computer coders and evolved to focus on knowledge sharing. Maker spaces typically provide space for members to work on their individual projects, or to collaborate on group projects with other members. They may also operate physical tool lending libraries (like our Yakima group). For the Yakima Maker Space group the mission is simple; to provide everyone with the opportunity to transform an idea into reality. The group has its eyes on the former Helliesen lumber building in downtown Yakima and is attempting to turn this vacant space into a start up haven. This building would combine access to professional resources, seminars and instruction to give everyone the opportunity to MAKE their idea come alive. Maker Space dovetails into another new buzzword, coworking. Coworking refers to a style of work which involves a common working environment, yet independent activity. Typically it is attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently who end up working in relative isolation.
Coworking is a group of people, who are still working independently, but who share more than just a space values, it works for those who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with talented people in the same space. The coworking movement is being fed by today’s economy – technology allows us to work anywhere, any time; layoffs have led to a surge of start-ups and freelance workers. While there are many tangible benefits to coworking spaces (shared wifi, printers, reception, rent, conference rooms, etc.), coworking goes well beyond this. Quality of life is improved by building relationships, heightened productivity, easy commute, and the amenities of the city just footsteps away. Coworking allows people to choose where, when, and with whom they work.
Click here for more information about the Maker Space movement in general. Yakima Maker Space is gearing up for a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) festival and fundraiser. For more information on this event or Yakima Makers Space visit their Facebook page at Yakimamakerspace.
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