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First Friday: April 3, 2015

Free coworking at Spark Plaza from 9am-5pm on First Fridays!

This First Friday we will be taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather and will be conducting a walking tour of Downtown Johnson City. We will meet at the Lady of the Fountain at 12:10pm. Bring your cameras! We will be eating an al fresco lunch in Founders Park, catered by Jonesborough’s Main Street Cafe, and hosted by Southern Side.

Thanks to the success of our last Startup Stories event, we are going to be holding another Startup Stories this Tuesday, March 31st, at 5:30pm. “Wisely Seasoned vs. Brand Spanking New” will be held at the Nelson Fine Art Gallery. We will hear from new business owners Greg & Shirley Mueller of Olive Oil Divine and the tried and true Tracy Johnson of Inspire Business Interiors, among several other new and seasoned entrepreneurs. Food will be served. Click here to connect to the Facebook event.

Save the date on April 25th! We will be celebrating 6 years of Spark Plaza at 6pm here at Spark. Details to follow!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Spark Knox event! We enjoyed coworking with you! We are continuing to look into the possibility of a Knoxville location for Spark. Stay tuned for our next Knoxville event.

Our 100 Girls of Code event was a grand success. With over 30 girls in attendance, Johnson City held the largest event yet in the history of 100 Girls of Code! And it was a blast. We were pleased to see so many young girls eagerly learning about coding. Check out the video.

We still have a couple of office spaces available here in Johnson City, so if you’re looking for a great space to work in 2015, come sign up while they’re still vacant. Don’t forget about our 5-day work passes if you want to give Spark Plaza a trial run! Email Margot if you’re interested in either of these options.

Please, take a few minutes to review Spark Plaza on Google+ and Yelp:
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We so appreciate it!

See you on the 3rd!

The Spark Plaza Team

How Not to Suck at Presenting

How Not to Suck at Presenting
First Friday, Feb 6, 2015

 

 

Come on out for the first Spark Plaza First Friday event of 2015! There is free co-working here at Spark from 9AM-5PM. Donuts will be served at 9AM!

 

At noon we will be having lunch. Jose and motivational storyteller Thomas Dismukes will be sharing tips and tricks on how not to suck at presenting. Enjoy the Spark Plaza atmosphere and gain some of these rare and much needed skills.

 

For more information on other Downtown JC First Friday goings-on, check out Downton Johnson City’s Facebook Page

 

Thanks to all of you who came out to our first Startup Stories event! With over 70 people present, the evening was even more successful than we expected. About two thirds of those present were entrepreneurs, and one third were potential future entrepreneurs. Due to the great response, we plan to continue meeting together at least once a quarter. If you missed it, or want to relive the evening, check out the videos on the Spark Startup Stories webpage.

 

February Meetups @ Spark:
TriJS: Feb 10 @ 6PM

 

We still have a couple of office spaces available, so if you’re looking for a great space to work in 2015, come sign up while they’re still vacant. Don’t forget about our 5-day work passes if you want to give Spark Plaza a trial run! Email SaraBeth if you’re interested in either of these options.

 

We have a special request for you all this month. As we continue to grow we would love to spread the word about the good things Spark Plaza has to offer. If you have good things to say about us, do us a favor: say them (review us) here:
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Thank you! See you on the 6th!

 

The Spark Plaza Team

Fall Festival of Gaming!

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1st Friday October 3, 2014

 

 

Fall has arrived and so has festival time! We are going to bring in the season with a Spark Plaza Fall Festival party and an afternoon of gaming.

 

We will have coffee & pastries at 9AM and lunch from Red Pig BBQ at 12 Noon!  Please come join us anytime during the day and bring your computer and a friend. Starting at noon we will have an afternoon of gaming around the conference table! We will talk about the latest and greatest games and enjoy playing your current favorites.  Bring your old gaming console, your latest water cooled gaming rig, or your favorite card or board game.  We are going to celebrate gaming together!
If you haven’t heard about the downtown First Friday event make sure you check out their Facebook page here!  It is going to be a great evening with lots of things to do for the whole family.  We would love to see you all down there bringing in the fall season!

 

Spark Plaza is filling up fast for the season.  We still have a couple full time spaces available but you better grab them fast!
As you can see from the pictures in the side bar, we have a brand new look here at Spark Plaza, thanks to Inspire Business Interiors!  We would love to have you come check it out this Friday.  Come game with us, eat some great food and share in great conversation and fun times!  Have a good week and see you this weekend.
Jose, Shannon, Sophia, Olivia

Geek Show & Tell

Geek Show & Tell
Friday August 1, 2014

 

First Friday is back! Join us this Friday from 9AM until 5Pm for a fun day of free coworking and sharing projects with each other. Bring your laptop, a friend, and come anytime and hang out.  Donuts and coffee at 9AM and lunch with be provided at Noon.  If you haven’t tried the famous maple bacon donut yet, you should!

 

 

At noon we will be doing a “Geek Show & Tell”.  Please bring your favorite gadget, old school device, homegrown project, or anything else you want to share with others.  This can be prototypes, half built dreams, inventions, or just your latest favorite toy.  We look forward to sharing projects and lunch with you!

 
We are still having our monthly meetings here at Spark Plaza for Hack-Sig and Tri.js.  Hack-Sig will continue to meet on the third Thursday of each month, so make sure you mark your calendars for August 21 at 6pm. Tri.js will meet monthly on the second Tuesday of each month and will meet August 12 at 6pm.  If you have another startup group you would like Spark Plaza to host, please let us know and we would love to help you out!

 
Don’t forget that the streets of downtown will be closing this Friday at 6pm for a fun evening enjoying our local shops, vendors, and music!  There will be a bluegrass band starting at 7pm.  We would love to see you downtown enjoying Johnson City!  Check out the First Friday website for more details.

 
We look forward to seeing you this Friday and hope you can come join us here at Spark!

Jose, Shannon, Sophia, Olivia

Friday July 18, 2014 “What is probabilistic programming?”

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

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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

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

 

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!

 

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!

 

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: 

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