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Exactly 5 years ago, in May 2015, we were ready to launch our Coworking business. Construction was almost complete on our newly renovated, 16,000 square foot office space in downtown Phoenix. We had a business model, an LLC formed, pricing, branding, some leases already in place…and now we needed to find a “friendly face at […]

May 27, 2020

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Entrepreneur’s Guide: 10 Reasons to Office at The Department [GUEST POST] LeeAnn Blanchard ZirkaMax   As a seasoned professional, but newly-minted entrepreneur, I wanted to start my business off right.  The #1 killer of small businesses is cash flow, so launching from a home office seemed like the smart choice.  Plus, taking conference calls in […]

March 11, 2020

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You’ve put in the sweat. You’ve laid a solid foundation with your current clients. You’ve begun to build your team and your processes. You have the right attitude, solid values, and the right focus. So what’s next? Let’s make a deal. After all, that’s what entrepreneurs do, right? Nobody has a dream of having the […]

February 19, 2020

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An entrepreneur succeeds. An entrepreneur fails. An entrepreneur gets rich. An entrepreneur goes broke. An entrepreneur gets lucky. An entrepreneur does not. Sometimes one entrepreneur does all of the above multiple times. But every entrepreneur has one thing in common: the belief that they are going to succeed. Why? Because it’s that very optimism that […]

January 15, 2020

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There’s no question that the bright lights and festive nights in downtown Phoenix can woo customers, impress potential partners and lure employees. Downtown is where the action is when the Valley of the Sun grows dark. But when it comes to the workday, do you really need to be downtown? After all, it’s just you […]

December 18, 2019

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Every growing business owner wants to be in the heart of the action, right? Being downtown puts you dead center in the heart of Arizona business. Some of the biggest deals happen right at our doorstep. And it’s no wonder, with all of the incredible amenities available to us to help facilitate these deals. But […]

November 20, 2019

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Downtown Phoenix gives growing businesses a solid place to plant some roots. From networking to negotiations, there’s no replacement for being accessible and up-close and personal with the decision-makers of your industry. When a deal is being made, the only way you stand to land the deal or even get a piece of that work […]

October 30, 2019

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The Phoenix area has been named the best metropolis for remote workers in the country, with suburb Glendale, AZ earning the top spot!  Glendale’s close proximity to all that Phoenix has to offer – remote work spaces, free and fast WiFi – combined with its affordable rent options make it a great place to live […]

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September 16, 2019

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September 5th is the International Day of Charity. At The Department Coworking, we have many non-profit and for-profit organizations who are making a big impact in our community and communities all over the world. 1MISSION has been with The Department Coworking since we started, so we thought we’d sit down with Communications Director Tim Hoiland […]


September 3, 2019

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This guest article is written by Department member Ahsan Jameel. What is FIRE? It seems like every day there is a breathless newspaper article about the FIRE (Financially Independent Retired Early) movement, and the articles usually focus on the “R” word. Devotees of the FIRE movement, however, are much more concerned with “FI” – being […]

Fire Movement

August 22, 2019