It is with a slightly heavy heart that I type this, but as of the beginning of July, LakeworkSpaces is going on indefinite hiatus. A year ago, we arrived in Cleveland bright-eyed, tremendously naive, and excited to start hitting the pavement, and it has been a whirlwind ride.
In the the past year we have:
- held 8 pop-ups coworking events.
- Hosted over a hundred cleveland area coworkers.
- Released a small (not scientifically rigorous) case study on the state of NEO entrepreneur work locations.
- won two business competitions.
- been accepted into and graduated from an accelerator.
- completed the Bad Girl Ventures program me.
- found hundreds of supporters who value what we are doing.
- had a total blast.
Though there is a decided air of finality to this post, this should not be viewed as a funeral, but more of a vacation. The reason for the hiatus is that our team has recently gained full-time employment, and while this is a good thing, it does dramatically reduces the time available for LakeworkSpaces (a full-time job in and of itself). So rather than have our community languish in a sort-of limbo, while we look to the next steps in our lives, we decided to instead make this hard choice and celebrate what we had accomplished.
As the months progress, our schedules may open up and if they do, we would love to bring back the pop-ups. That said, for now that is just wishful thinking, but if it becomes more concrete, we will make sure everyone knows.
Until that day, the Cleveland Metro Area Coworking meetup group will continue to highlight coworking opportunities in our area for those that need their coworking fix and we will try to send out occasional updates on coworking and the coworking industry via our Facebook page and Twitter accounts.
Thanks again for all the support: you all have been amazing, Cleveland has been amazing, and we are so happy for what we have been able to accomplish.
-The LakeworkSpaces Team