Sunday Spotlight Brainerd BizSpace CoWorking

Sunday Spotlight

Happy Sunday everyone! Time for another Sunday Spotlight! I love doing this feature, and it continues to get great views and reviews from our readers. I think people like reading about other people, especially people in their own community. Do you know of a local business that could benefit from some great local promotion? If so, send ’em my way!

This Sunday I am excited to share this amazing business that is the brainchild of a dear friend of mine. Scott Hall and I have been buddies for years and I absolutely admire his tenacity, drive, innovative thinking and community building mentality. He and his wife Tessa have created a much-needed business option for entrepreneurs who need sporadic office or meeting space without the burden of a full office space rental  commitment. “Co-working” and “Collaborative Workspace” are terms I guarantee you will be hearing more in the coming months. Check out Brainerd BizSpace!

Tell us about your business. When did you start and how long you’ve been in business too.


Brainerd BizSpace promotes the idea of co-working. It is a place where small businesses can come together to collaborate, share contacts and ideas, and have an office space to call their own.  Sometimes it can be challenging to work from home for a small business. Brainerd BizSpace offers dedicated office space to rent on a monthly basis, or desk space to rent on an hourly basis. We also have a conference room that seats 10 people comfortably available to rent on an hourly basis.  Brainerd BizSpace officially became a LLC in November, 2013. We are located in the lower level of BlackRidge Bank, in suites 7&8.


Share what attracted you to this business, and what you like most about it.


Brainerd BizSpace has been an idea I’ve had for a few years now. I was just unsure how to put it all to fruition.  I finally decided that I should just ‘go for it’ and put some extra time and effort into this idea, rather than just talking and dreaming about it. I happened to discuss the idea with the Vice President of BlackRidge Bank. He loved the concept, and offered the lower level of the bank, as the previous tenants happened to be moving out. It was made to be! What I love most about this business is the satisfaction of helping small businesses get up and going and helping them grow. Through promoting the co-working idea, they can share contacts and ideas with each other to help each other grow and be successful.  

What has been your biggest business challenge with your business thus far?


The biggest challenge for Brainerd BizSpace has been the start-up. We are using our own personal finances, and trying to start-up everything without taking out a business loan. We have also found that spreading the word about Brainerd BizSpace has been somewhat difficult. Facebook and Social Media has been very helpful, but we would like to go further with it, and reach more people in the community. Advertising is expensive, so it can be a challenge to find cheap, effective avenues to advertise Brainerd BizSpace.

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What business goals to do you have for 2013/2014?  

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A goal for Brainerd BizSpace in 2014 is to fill all of the dedicated office space, and fill some of the desk space on an hourly basis. We’d also like to advertise our conference room rental. It’s a perfect space for an At Home Business to hold a launch party, or for someone looking to host a party, but doesn’t have space in their home to do so. It’s also nice for churches to hold council meetings, etc. Small businesses may holding teleconferences there, and we do have Powerpoint capabilities in the room.

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Which one your products (or services) are you favorite and why?

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What my favorite service we offer is the dedicated office spaces that we offer people at an affordable rate for people to be able to start their own business.

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Tell us about your family.

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Our family consists of myself, my wife, Tessa, and our new daughter, Maren who is 8 months old. She is our pride and joy! I’m still working full-time at Lakes Area Habitat For Humanity as the ReStore manager, so I rely on Tessa to take care of administrative aspects of Brainerd BizSpace. In my free time, I like to be with family, and go hunting and fishing.

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What advice do you want to share for moms/women in business?

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If you are a home business or service provider, I know how hard it can be to conduct business from home, especially if you need to meet with clients or need some time to focus and concentrate on a task. The coworking and collaborative space option at BizSpace allows your business to have a professional/physical office space without the commitment and overhead of a full-time office. Coworking is really picking up in popularity and is very prevalent in the Twin Cities with places like CoCo MSP. Coworking is just as it sound, sharing an office space with other business professionals and sharing the costs and resources within that space. That includes meeting rooms or conference rooms. BizSpace has a great meeting place and for those who need to conduct business, have a group meeting or even host as class (like the upcoming Intro To Blogging Class on April 17th)

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Name a personal quirk you wish you didn’t have (interrupting, eye rolling, etc.)

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I wish that I was better at Time Management. I am one of those people who think that something should not take long and I always try to put way too many things on my ‘to do’ list for one day.

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What do you or your family do for fun and recreation.

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I personally enjoy doing activities outside. Hunting, fishing, and working on cars are a few of my favorites. For fun with family, I enjoy each day I have with Maren and Tessa. We have been through so much over the years to get to finally being a family. I really treasure the times when I come home from work and Tessa and Maren are there to greet me.

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Are you on Facebook? Twitter? Linked-In?

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Brainerd BizSpace is on Facebook. www.facebook.com/BrainerdBizSpace. I am personally on LinkedIn. We haven’t explored the world of twitter yet!

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If you could do anything for a living, and money was no object, what would you do?

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I would want to run BizSpace full-time and just volunteer when I have time.

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If you had to choose one word to describe your focus for 2014, what would it be?

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Community

About Becky Flansburg


Becky Flansburg is freelance writer, blogger and virtual assistant living in Northern Minnesota. A dedicated mom to two beautiful kids, her veteran blog Franticmommy.com is filled with laughter and love about the joys parenthood. Becky is also committed to helping women realize their work-from-home dreams, enjoy life beyond the cubicle and find clarity in the work/life/family balance. Connect with Becky via her website, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest

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