Claremont is hosting the largest independent startup community for local entrepreneurs to network and learn from each other in partnership with the Google this May.

210E Workspace founder, Ehmandah Ramsey, has taken the director role for Claremont in the Startup Grind X convention coming to Claremont on May 14. Google is a proud partner of Startup Grind, the largest community for startup entrepreneurs that inspire, connects and educates 1.5 million people starting up their own businesses across the world.

Reaching 125 countries, Claremont is now one of the 500 chapters around the globe that is a part of such a motivated and largely backed community. The first Claremont Startup Grind X event will be hosted by Dee Hankins, an inspirational speaker who started his own business by turning the trials and tribulations of his past into a lucrative speaking career.

Hankins, a 31-year-old motivational speaker, travels around the country for conferences and events for his living, but started his career during a ten-minute inspirational speech at a middle school. He still speaks to youth about how he has turned his life around from the foster care system and his tough upbringing to cultivate his future.

“I grew up in foster care, so moving from place to place is the foundation of my story,” Hankins said. “Then I just met people in the speaking industry that said ‘Hey you kind of have this talent for speaking… if you can take that and pair with your story you can do some good.’”

Hankins said he always wanted to be on foster youth panels when he was younger and knew he wanted to be a public speaker. However, he was headed down the path to be an entertainment lawyer when he was attended college. His “pseudo-dad” took him to a middle school for his first motivational speech at a middle school and that was what got the ball rolling for Hankin’s speaking career today.

On May 14, Hankins will be speaking at the first ever Startup Grind X event in Claremont, hosted by 210E, about creating a business from your struggle. While not everyone wants to be a motivational speaker, he believes that anybody with a passion they want to pursue can successfully start a business in any industry.

“Your traumatic events in your past can be a business for you down the line. It can shape what you want to do, how to help people and how you can turn that into a business,” he said. “I thrive off honesty. Just really being honest with listeners and letting them know that they have the potential to do what they want to do, but you have to be willing to put in the work.”

Tickets to see Dee Hankins and to cultivate and  grow your network as a startup entrepreneur at the Startup Grind X event in Claremont are available here. For more information and updates about the event, follow @startupgrindclaremont.

The Gig economy has been booming with the rise of Silicon Valley, apps that give workers the option to be freelancers or consultants, and to ultimately work for themselves.

Today, there are over 57 million freelancers in America. That number is predicted to rise to more than 90 million in the next decade in this so-called “gig economy.”  

Aside from the self-employed, employers are empowering their full-time associates to work remotely a few days each week, some businesses in the tech space don’t even require their employees to come into the office.

So where are all of these people working? How do they focus from home?

Well, they don’t.

Co-working is the new office for the self-employed, but better in so many ways.

Members of 210E collaborating in one of the open meeting rooms at the co-working space.

In Co-working spaces like 210E, there are working professionals from all sorts of fields; writers, entrepreneurs, consultants from varying backgrounds… the list goes on. Not only is a person in that co-working space getting access to a personal office to meet clients and host seminars, but they are in an open and interactive space where they can network with professionals from all types of industries.

At co-working spaces like 210E, professionals throw ideas around at each other and have the opportunity to find more jobs by getting to know the people in their space. A greater sense of community is formed within these walls and the productivity of others drives productivity of each individual.

Aside from sharing infrastructure costs, co-working builds community and growth for the self-employed. It is a creative space for people to expand their minds and their workforce. Ideas from the creative brains of forward thinkers bounce off of the teal walls at 210E and are molded into profit.

People in co-working spaces work for themselves because they find true meaning in their work. Passion is fueled in these spaces and professionals are thriving.

The Harvard Business Review has been studying co-working spaces for years and were astonished by the results. HBR said in an article about their study that they had to look at the results again because of how dumbstruck they were.

According to the study, 79 percent of people in co-working spaces said their social networks expanded and 83 percent of them said they felt less lonely.

Members in this space can find themselves a mentor, an investor, a new friend, a potential colleague, job opportunities and new tech skills. The benefits are limitless.

“Why don’t I just work in a coffee shop?”

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This is a common question for freelancers and the self-employed. Yes, there are fees to working in co-working spaces, however it is far cheaper than renting an office space that isn’t fully utilized month-to-month.

Collaboration and creating a community of forward thinkers is not what coffee shops are made for. Everyone is plugged in and plugging away at their work in open-public spaces like coffee shops and it is rare to find people who want to collaborate with one another, let alone pull out their headphones and enter the real world.

Besides the aforementioned reasons, 210E offers a P.O. box for all of its members, individual working spaces as well as a meeting and seminar room for clients, wifi, a full kitchen that is constantly brewing coffee, printing, 24/7 access to the workspace, and the perfect balance of independence and collaboration.

Great minds think alike, but extraordinary minds think together. This is co-working.