It’s a Very Special Birthday! The coLabiversary Approaches (Plus Renovation & coLearn Updates & Other Fun Stuff!)

It’s been a busy summer at the Okanagan coLab. New members, returning members, and lots of super fun events – not to mention all the dust we’ve been kicking up with the renovation. (And let’s not forget the fact that coLab is turning SIX this month! Correct us if we’re wrong, but we’re fairly certain […]

coLabber Spotlight: coLab Curator Dylan Ranney

Dylan Ranney on the drums. Photo Credit: Miles Overn Photography.   coLab is blessed with an abundance of great art from talented local artists hanging on the walls. From the tiny floppy drive paintings to the Victorian-style oil portrait of coLab member Josh Ansell, there’s lots of great imagery splashed everywhere you go, making the […]

Side Hustle to Only Hustle: How to Ditch Your ‘Clark Kent’ Job

  So you’ve got this big, bold dream, a shiny new idea for a business that combines a valuable skill you just so happen to have with a passion that burns bright in your heart. But there’s just one problem, one thing standing between you & your new business: A day job. There’s no shame […]

Digital Nomadism: When Your Entire Life is One Long Vacation

Vacations: Even the most dedicated workaholic enjoys them. But the one thing about vacations that isn’t so much fun? Is that they always end. Unless, of course, you’re a digital nomad. For digital nomads, the secret to fulfillment is living their entire lives like it’s one long vacation. Sure, there are times when the work […]

Saying Goodbye to CubicleLand: How to Manage the Transition from Office to Coworking Space

                    Whether you’re an independent worker who just quit a salaried position to go freelance or a CEO who’s shaking things up, moving from a typical office into a coworking space can present a variety of benefits – like happier and more engaged personnel, more creative […]

Recruitment and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Handshake

This week’s blog article comes to us courtesy of coLab member Ingrid Takai, who explains the importance of having solid HR practices for your startup. A lot rides on a handshake: Establishing trust, making deals, and mending fences. And yet, in the words of Jerry Seinfeld, “there’s absolutely no guidelines for handshakes – too strong, […]

Watch Your Language! Boost Your Effectiveness at Work by Eliminating these Three Words

    This week on the blog, coLab member and leadership coach Karen Bowen gives us a primer on a few simple ways that you can improve communication with your team starting right now. Words can often seem inconsequential in the moment. But what studies have repeatedly shown is that the words we use Matter. […]

How to Clearly Explain Your Idea to a Software Developer

  This week on the blog, coLab member and software tester Shelley LaHay explains how software startups can avoid common development headaches by clearly laying out their software idea right from the get-go.   Have you dreamed of taking your idea and nurturing it into the next hot app, business solution, or software platform? Your […]

Bland to Brand: How to Show Off Your Personality in Your Business – Without Sounding Unprofessional

The great thing about being a solopreneur, startup, or tech worker? Is that people expect you to be interesting. Sure, when you walk into some big chain store like Flim Flortons or LOL-Mart, every person there is a faceless cog in a much larger machine, completely replaceable at any point – a commodity. They all […]