Only 13% of You Will Attend This Talk
Friday July 18, 2014

 

Please come and join us this coming Friday at Spark Plaza for a free coworking day!  We will have breakfast provided for you at 9:00 AM and lunch for you at 12:00. Bring a friend, your computer, and come enjoy working and good conversation with others!

 

After lunch, Jose and Eric Olle, the founder of Immunonetics Inc., will be sharing about what probabilistic programming is.  They will be sharing what it is, how it can help your business, how it can help you make personal decisions, and ultimately how it can change the world.  They will be explaining why math is so important in every facet of our lives and we will be looking at several examples.  They will also be sharing how probabilistic programming can effect your websites SEO, what you order for dinner, and even how gene therapy could eradicate cancer!  Don't miss this exciting talk by Jose and Eric as they have a lot of good things to say and share with us.

 

Hack-Sig is also having their monthly meeting this Thursday, July 17th at 6:00 pm here at Spark Plaza. As a reminder, they always hack after the meeting so be sure to bring your gear and join!

 

We are always looking for new geeky meet up groups to host here at Spark Plaza.  If you have a group and need a place to meet, please talk to us about it and we would love to help you out and host your group.

 

We also have several office spaces still available for rent.  If you are looking for a fun place to work we would love to have you join our team.  Please contact us soon if you are interested as spaces can go fast, especially in the summertime.

 

We look forward to seeing you all this Friday and hope you have a great week!

 

Jose, Shannon, Sophia, Olivia

Happy 5th Birthday Spark Plaza! Friday April 4th 2014

Posted on: March 21st, 2014 by thinkjose No Comments

 

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Spark Plaza is celebrating it's 5th Anniversary this year! We cannot believe it has been five fun years already.  Please come join us as we celebrate!  We will open our doors at 9:00 am and will be providing a great breakfast for all to enjoy.  Don't forget that every first Friday of the month is a free coworking day so please bring a computer, come meet great people, and celebrate with us!  We will also be providing lunch so feel free to stick around all afternoon.  Bring your photos, stories, and adventures about Spark Plaza to share as part of the celebration!

 

We also have two other events going on before then that we would like to tell you all about.  The first is the Adobe User Group Meeting and that is happening here at Spark Plaza on Thursday, March 27th at 7:00 pm.  The second event is Hack-Sig and this will also take place at Spark Plaza on Friday, March 28th at 6:00 pm.  The Hack-Sig event will look at hacking micro-controllers such as PICs, Arduinos, Netduinos, and the Raspberry Pi, and will be talking about their hackathon event and other projects.  We would love to see you and your friends at these events!

 

After a fun and free day of coworking with others, don't forget Tartan Fest is this First Friday will be going on into the evening.  We would love to see you out and enjoying Johnson City's downtown!

 
We are looking forward to seeing you all and celebrating 5 wonderful years at Spark Plaza on Friday, April 4!

 
Jose, Shannon, Sophia, Olivia

First Friday February 2013

Posted on: January 28th, 2013 by thinkjose No Comments

 

Startup Weekend is back!

We are back in 2013! And we are pumped and excited with all the cool spicy things planned for this year. To kick things off on February 1st 2013 at Spark Plaza we will have free coworking all day, free tasty lunch, and hear all about our regions first ever Startup Weekend that was held in November of 2012. We had so much fun with our last Startup Weekend that we will be doing another one this spring. So come find out what the last one was like and see if you are interested in joining in with the next one. Check out tricities.startupweekend.org for more details as they are released.

 

A big thanks to AccelNow for sponsoring Startup Weekend & First Friday.

 

 

 

As usual we will have coffee & pastries at 9AM and lunch at 12 Noon with lots of cool entrepreneurial minds, technology gurus, and curious souls. Come bring your favorite web surfing device and join in the the conversation.

 

Also a BIG THANK YOU to all who donated and helped us provide for the kids & families of One7 over the Christmas holidays. We raised over $500 and were able to help 3 different families with clothing, food, and Christmas gifts. Your generosity was above expectations!

As always if you need anything email us sparkplaza@gmail.com call us 423.943.0530 or just drop by.

We look forward to an awesome 2013 and hope to see you soon!

Jose, Shannon, Sophia, Olivia

Merry Christmas 2011

Posted on: December 21st, 2011 by thinkjose No Comments

 

 

Thank you all for a fantastic 2011! We love providing you all with the Tri-Cities first and only coworking space and we look forward to everything to come in 2012. Please come by and visit.

See if you can spot my festive holiday sweater in the video below. :)
Merry Christmas from Jose, Shannon, Sophia & Olivia Castillo

 

GOOD NEWS!

Posted on: March 30th, 2011 by shannon No Comments

 

 

Good News!  Isn't it wonderful to hear those words??

In a time of uncertainty with the economy it's fantastic to know there's Good News.  This past Sunday, was one of those days.  The Johnson City Press released their annual Progress Edition and it was chock FULL of Good News!  You name the topic and Good News was flowing like water.  If you were discouraged about our city, it stopped after you read all those articles! 

I'm happy to say that Spark Plaza was among the Good News articles! (see attached) Our Good News spread to Peoria, Illinois.  Long story short, one facebook connection and an old College acquaintance of mine sparked another co-working space 600 miles away from Johnson City.  That's pretty darn cool if you ask me!

And the Good News continues!  This Friday is Spark Plaza's 2nd anniversary.  I can't believe it's been that long.  I still remember painting this place until 2 o'clock in the morning to get it ready for our grand opening April 1, 2009.  Since then we've been mostly empty, mostly full, added desks, seen people move on and new people come and NOW we've opened up another space right around the corner - LEVEL ONE (207 E Main Street Suite 1B).  This space is for folks that need a little bit more room.  Washington County Anti Drug Coalition is it's first tenant - with more space available. 

We'd love for you to help us celebrate by dropping by this Friday April 1st from 9 - 5.  Free coworking and free lunch!  We have several desks open if you want to sign up full time.  Please join us, check out Spark Plaza or Level One. 

Let us know if you can come!

Now go spread some Good News of your own.

Invasion of the College Students!

Posted on: September 13th, 2010 by shannon 1 Comment

 

 

Last week, something special happened at Spark Plaza. 

 

On September 9th, about 13 junior and senior digital communication majors from Milligan College invaded Spark Plaza in search of life's most important question.

"How in the world am I going to use my Communications degree to get a job!?!??!!"

 

So with coffee in hand, lots of questions and a hopeful heart, they visited with several of our co-workers.  They sought answers from a videographer, a web developer, a blogger, an interactive branding manager and a technology consultant.  "What exactly do you do?"  "How did you get into that?"  "How do you make your money?"  "What does a digital media job look like?"  "How about internships?"

 

Fun was had by all - students and professionals alike.  And we all left that day feeling a little more confident of the future.

 

Check out all the photos here: 

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=752803349#!/album.php?aid=19283&id=105491379497912&ref=mf

Facebook Connection = New Coworking Business

Posted on: August 9th, 2010 by shannon No Comments

 

I really like the culture of co-working. 

It kind of reminds me of the X Games (hang with me on this one).... when I watch them on TV, I get a sense that the athletes, though competing for number 1, really cheer one another on to victory.  When Jose and I started Spark Plaza, we never guessed that it would be so well received OR that someone would want to start their own co-working space over 600 miles away.  That's exactly what happened....

Take a look at this article that was published in my Alma Mater's alumni publication, The Milligan Magazine. Click here for article.

Congrats to Workflow Peoria and all the other co-working folks out there.

 

Who doesn’t like FREE?

Posted on: July 1st, 2010 by shannon No Comments

 

 

I don't know about you - but the word FREE really gets my attention.  I love FREE samples, FREE coffee, and coupons for FREE food automatically puts me in a great mood.  Even "Buy one get one FREE" intrigues me. 

At Spark Plaza, we like the word FREE too.  That's one of the reasons why we have FREE First Friday.  Every First Friday of each month - THAT's THIS FRIDAY July 2nd folks! - we have FREE co-working from 9 am - 5 pm.  Even your lunch is FREE! 

So - if you haven't tried co-working and you're sick of the distractions at the local cafe or coffee shop - come see if Spark Plaza is a place where you can get stuff done. 

Hope to see you tomorrow!

 

 

First Friday!!

Posted on: May 3rd, 2010 by shannon No Comments

 

 

You all know how much we LOVE First Friday in Downtown Johnson City!  And here it comes again.  There's a lot to do in downtown all weekend with The Thunder in the Mountains Motorcycle Rally - check out the schedule here ---->   http://www.thunderinthemountainsrally.com/

You don't have to ride your motorcycle, but here at Spark Plaza, we'll have FREE CO-WORKING this Friday May 7th from 9 - 5 and we'll pay for your lunch!  If you haven't been to Spark Plaza, come check it out.  OR -  If you know somebody that is trying to have a conference call in Starbucks - forward this to them!!  They really need to be a part of co-working!

 

Fun fact:  did you know that all our co-workers are famous on You Tube?  :-)

We'll be uploading all our YouTube photos from our 1 year anniversary on flickr.  This should be a few smiles! 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkjose/sets/72157623755221812/

 

Hope to see you all Friday!

 

 

 

 

SparkPalooza is April 2nd!

Posted on: March 19th, 2010 by shannon No Comments

 

 







SparkPalooza!!

 

 

Join us for our

1-year anniversary party

(Yes!  It's been a whole year of co-working in Johnson City!)

 

 

FRIDAY, April 2nd

7pm – 9pm

 

 

Live music from Bill Perkins and Sam Burke

 

New Artwork by Ann Ropp, Jason Sawicki, Eric McCarty,

 Jake Hathaway and Sam Mays

 

Appetizers and drinks.

 

Come see why co-working is

One of this year’s biggest trends!

 

Spark Plaza      

 201 E. Main Street     

Downtown Johnson City  423-302-0530

 

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