We had a big talk about our bulletin board this week. Actually, the bulletin board is really a piece of glass covered with cork. On top of the cork, it has a beautiful piece of black fabric with creamy waves which was thoughtfully selected. The bulletin board is a key focal point when you enter our space and received a lot of compliments when it was put up ten days ago.
Now the bulletin board has many items have been placed on it – covering the beautiful black fabric with creamy waves. It has cards of our members, cards of people who want to become members, articles from newspapers from supporters from afar, brochures from neighbors, and key motivational statements that demonstrate why our members do what they do. As you can imagine, the bulletin board became less beautiful and more cluttered.
This lead to a discussion on what is the point of the bulletin board. We have 6 members using the space now, 3 new members waiting to sign up. We needed to establish clear guidelines about what our members can put on the bulletin board.
Wanting to stay true to the culture, I remembered how it is important to stay true to what lead me down the path of what is our culture and what do we stand for. Most importantly, who do we want to showcase and how can we best do that? A bulletin board seems like the most likely place to do it.
As our members know, starting a business takes a lot out of you. It takes a lot of our heart and soul. We have to wake up every morning and love what we do, believe in it, and want to be there in front of our customers and those helping us bring our business into fruition. That is what we want to help our members do – be the best version of ourselves, take risks to develop our talents, and lead us to the correct resources through our partnerships – all the while cheering eachother on with our successes and championing eachother as we venture into new territory.
But, our members can only be the best version of themselves if they know what they stand for, if they truly believe it, and want to do it. And we cannot fully support them if we do not know what it is. And it takes guts to let that piece of ourselves out our heart, show it to the world, and be vulnerable by putting it out there. Yet, for those of our members who do that, we cheer them on. We are ready to champion them and to lead them as they cautiously venture down paths unbeknownst to them.
So, please, come on in and see our Bulletin Board. Our bulletin board will feature our members business cards and their motivational statement, if they are so inclined, which state why they have chosen to walk down the path they have and will let our community help us showcase them to the world.
Our business, MalamaDoe Coworking Community for Women, is about caring for others, showcasing your neighbors while rooting for them and helping them succeed. We want friend to help friend, neighbor to help neighbor, brother to help sister, and so on.
So, we have our Grand Opening in a few days. Please come and bring a friend and a neighbor and let them know that we are there for them, that we champion their successes. We are there to cheer them on as they succeed. Here is the info on our Grand Opening. Ribbon cutting at 6 pm (thank you Adrienne Shea from Little Sprouts for the referral).
Hope to see you soon.