Author: Jennifer Belk

Can’t run your confidential business from a Coworking Community? Think again!

We often have visitors who think they can’t run their business or work on a startup in a shared workspace because of confidentiality concerns. In reality, there is no better place to do it! Consider this:

  • Everyone comes here to pursue their own dreams and needs … to be productive at their own business.
  • Within a collaborative business community, we understand that when one of us succeeds, we all succeed! Being surrounded by a diverse group (rather than an office full of coworkers vying for the same promotion) breeds authenticity and a supportive network.
  • Having a variety of professionals readily available means you always have someone (other than your dog or spouse) to bounce ideas off of and you can constantly have a finger on what is going on in many markets!
  • Lastly, all members sign a member agreement that has confidentiality clauses.

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Our Community Benefit Partner Program is expanding! … You in?


We would like to welcome The Mud Puddle at Olives, Downtown Fort Mill’s new (and only!) merchant of fine coffee and craft beverages to our Community Benefit Partner Program!

Community Benefit Partners are local business owners who support our members while reaping the benefits of the increased foot traffic and brand marketing done by our staff. These partners offer helpful and creative discounts for goods and services in the downtown and greater Fort Mill area. Do you own or work for a restaurant, store or service provider that could take advantage of this opportunity? …. Some examples are….

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How to Network Without Being a Slimeball: by Chris Horner

We know deep down we need to do it, even though it can make our stomach turn just thinking about it. Sometimes we get the impression of the plaid coat used car salesman fast talker running around with a megaphone, shouting about themselves to everyone they see.

Even in this digital-Meetup-Twitter-Facebook saturated world, in-person networking can be some of the most productive that you can do. I’ve been to a thousand of these events for various positions that I’ve held, and I’m here to tell you that, done correctly, it’s not a waste of time. In this article, I’m going to give you some tips to make your time at these events productive and maybe, just maybe even enjoyable.

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How I Have Benefited from Coworking

People come to coworking for various reasons. I came because our two-bedroom house was too small for my work, my wife’s schooling, and the schooling for my 4 and 2-year-old children. One day, after several months in each other’s hair, we realized there wasn’t room.

I called up LOOM Coworking and started that day.

I did not think that a simple choice such as renting a coworking space could change my business for the positive, but it did. I have learned more about my business, I have found new clients, and I have been able to connect with the local community. Read more

Our members are doing such cool things and collaborating … Mama has gotta brag!


collaborateMember Chris Jones of Jones Brothers Realty hired member
Josh James to create this awesome promo video!

Member Paul Davis, tutor and writer, and Cathy Kitchens, who will be hosting  ACT prep courses in our Gallery@LOOM, are working together on youth tutoring services!

Member Tom Ostrowski of Cruise Planners is offering a “Painting at Sea” Cruise experience with Debbie Whitsett, our Community Benefit Partner at Olives Studio, Gallery and Gifts!

We are so excited about the business opportunities that are being created in our community!

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Don’t have what it takes to work from home? … yeah, me neither!

I recently read an article by Rachel Gillett of Business Insider entitled  “I worked from home for a year — here’s the one mistake I’ll never make again”. Immediately, I felt I had met a kindred spirit. In June 2015, I began working as contributing author on a textbook. Being in an educational environment of one kind or another for 35 years, I severely underestimated the culture shock I would have transitioning to a work-from-home existence.

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Media at the Mill – downtown crawl recap

We had amazing attendance at our Catawba Studios Progress Presentation,
Tour of Theater revitalization, downtown walking tour and after party!!!
Check out the first of three Talk of the Town segments on the event.
Thank you so much Ann Pensiero-Norment and Darlene Cunnup for the photos and to
Fort Mill Economic Council, and all our sponsors and volunteers!
of photos from the event!
Here is what the attendees shared….
Allison Rose said … I truly enjoyed the Catawba Studios presentation. The film crew community in this area is so happy about what’s to come. I am glad I was there for the presentation and ran into some people I knew. Pleasant evening. Thank you for hosting
Amy Hillard said … I loved seeing community come together. Everyone was engaged. Great event even in the heat. Also, thanks for checking on your volunteers! 😉
Jim Stablein said … I liked the Catawba Studios presentation and the Walking Tour, specifically the historical information at the Fort Mill History Museum. And, of course, meeting new people!

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Business in a Bedroom Community

working-in-pajamas2Almost 7 years ago, the Walls Street Journal published a great article about the idea of coworking. Raymound Flandez espoused that those within coworking communities enjoy lower overhead and improved networking. These advantages still hold true today and are even more important to remote workers outside of the urban core. So why are so many mobile and independent professionals in bedroom communities still working in their bedrooms? Read more