7 February

Member Spotlight: Geoffrey Allen

Geoffrey Allen, PMG
Geoffrey Allen is the Founder and President of PMG

Geoffrey Allen, the founder and President of PMG, is a licensed contractor with over 13 years of renovations, repairs, and building maintenance experience. He is an expert at diagnosing problems and identifying potential issues before they become larger. Geoffrey is a graduate of HCST with a certificate in building maintenance and a Certified Construction Manager from the Turner School of Construction Management.

Property Maintenance Guys

PMG renovations, maintenance, repairs, and home/business improvement services to property owners, property management companies, realtors, and business owners. All PMG customers receive the highest quality work, ensuring both customer satisfaction and on-going professional relationships. We are reliable and always on time because we understand the value of time. The reason for PMG’s existence and its main goal is to go beyond your general repair needs, so that our working relationship reflects on the success of your property.

Discover more about PMG at http://www.propertymaintenanceguys.com/

7 February

Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Santana

Elizabeth Santana
Frugal Finds NYC

Elizabeth Santana is the Frugal Finds NYC
Frugalfindsnyc.com launched seven years ago with the support of top sponsors such as Macy’s, Nordstrom and Overstock.com. The site offered a place for shoppers to find exclusive, trend driven items for the right price. Frugalfindsnyc made shopping easy and budget friendly.

After a short break, Liz Santana the Founder and CEO of FFNYC, a business saavy Brooklyn native and Stylist, respected for her fashion sense decided to reestablish and expand the site. Re-launching with an enhanced experience for shoppers and evolving with times of social networking, FFNYC began using instagram (@frugalfindsnyc) in order to connect with costumers in a more interactive way. The daily photo posts highlighting the beautiful and unique details of her Frugal Finds collection lead her the name Ms. Frugal, given to her by Instagram followers she gained in a matter of months. Quickly winning the hearts of fashion bargain hunters and style icons, she was deemed with the reputation of selling quality pieces at competitive prices.

Shedding light on the market of high end, highway robbery costs to some of todays most sought after looks in fashion and the smarts of getting those looks without spending the big bucks, inspired costumers not to feel the need to over spend in order to have style. Her movement to help people save their money for a bigger picture with a better life and using ones own personal style to convey a message about their personality is being well received by her fans.

Ms. Santana a/k/a Ms. Frugal is today’s favorite up and coming style and budget guru, gaining new followers everyday. With a heart that keeps on giving, percentage from each sale is always donated to the The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (www.ccfa.org), a cause that she supports.

Discover more about Frugal Finds NYC at www.frugalfindsnyc.com

7 February

Member Spotlight: Kate Goodin

Kate Goodin is the Web Content Editor at
Slimming World.

In 1969, Slimming World founder Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE started the company in the U.K. to help people lift both the physical and emotional burden of being overweight. Having tried many diets herself, without lasting success, Margaret knew that hunger, deprivation and guilt weren’t the answer. And from that, Slimming World was born. They offer a healthy eating plan that’s not a diet—it’s something members and their families can follow for life—and they support their members in making the changes, big and small, needed to lose weight for life with a unique weekly online group, plus original content, recipes, tools and more.

As web content editor, Kate commissions, edits and writes all content on the public and member sites, on topics ranging from rediscovering weight loss motivation to quick and easy ways to cook healthy foods.

Discover more about Slimming World at slimmingworld.com, or email me at kate.goodin@slimmingworldusa.com.

7 February

Building with Purpose

I’ve had a lot of conversations with people in the space recently about goals and have noticed a shift in the types of conversations. More and more, people are seeking purpose, meaning and community. This makes perfect sense if you think about it. The days when work and life could be separated and values were relative and secondary are over. People want to know that what they do, consume and give every day matters and is contributing to society. This shift gives us all something to look forward to. If building a successful business is dependent on an entrepreneur’s ability to understand and influence meaning and purpose, the possibilities are endless and we are truly changing the world. I for one will do everything I can to keep that momentum going.

#BeOriginal
#IndiegroveWorks

29 January

Own It

Obviously, “own it” is at the core of entrepreneurship, but this value goes much further than registering a business with a particular name. It’s about living your purpose. Taking responsibility for the people, ideas and challenges that are part of your business and community every day.  Seeing something through from start to finish and understanding the impact and repercussions that it may present.  It’s also about acknowledging your mistakes and learning from them.  The only way a business can grow and thrive is if everyone in it feels ownership of their own work and the shared vision of the company. Titles and money don’t give us prestige or respect.  People respect people they can believe in and trust.  If they know you will deliver on your promise, they will want to be part of your company. Ownership gives people dignity and empowers change.

#OwnIt
#IndiegroveTurns5

22 January

Kindness

Kindness is one of the greatest capacities of human beings.  I believe being kind every day is what ties are community together and makes us strong. Our team makes it a point every day to say good morning, ask how people are doing, find information for people and make connections.  Kindness is ingrained in our culture and it makes us better.  The best part of kindness is that it is contagious. Anyone who works out of Indiegrove for more than a day knows that we give and share with one another.  We give our time to help each other think through issues.  We share our connections and knowledge so that others can be successful.  We give back to our community. We understand that we are connected to each other, Jersey City, our larger industries and the larger world. This interconnectivity and understanding is what makes us stronger as a whole and more impactful as a community.  If you are truly dedicated to changing the world, kindness is the vehicle for that change.

#Kindness
#IndiegroveTurns5

15 January

Simplicity

This is the value that never stops teaching me lessons.  Too often, things are made to be overcomplicated, but in reality everything good is simple. One of my favorite quotes is “If it doesn’t make sense, it’s too complicated.”  I’ve used this to test so many ideas and plans at Indiegrove.  I ask my team to explain it to me and if I can’t follow it easily, we need to take a step back and try again.  Simplicity makes sure you stay in touch with your audience, don’t overspend, value your team, basically everything that keeps your grounded and focused.  Every success story I’ve seen is the most simple idea.  The less bells and whistles, the better.

#Simplicity
#IndiegroveTurns5

8 January

Be Bold

This value speaks to our attitude.  Entrepreneurs are faced with hard decisions every day.  Our ability to show courage and take big steps in those moments are what define us.  The first time this value resonated with me in this business was when I signed the first lease for Indiegrove.  Until one week prior, I had been looking for 3,000 square feet spaces.  But when the property manager said I could get 6,000 square feet for an incredible price I had to make a choice. I believed Jersey City had the demand.  But was I willing to take on that much more risk?  Yes!  I signed the lease and two years later expanded further into the building.  Of course, I could barely breath afterwards, but no one says entrepreneurship is comfortable. #BeBold

3 January

Be Original

This is what it is all about.  It speaks to the approach successful people take and the ideas that make it. Originals build paths, connections and solutions. They see the world as something that can be enhanced, changed and impacted. They choose to act purposefully. Indiegrove was the first coworking space in Jersey City.  In 2012, hardly anyone in Jersey City knew what a coworking space was, and if they did, they didn’t think it could work in Jersey City.  I have perfect credit, business experience and everything else that would make me the perfect candidate for a business loan.  I was rejected by every major bank and many other sources of financing.  I realized early on that I would need to find my fellow originals to make this happen and that is what has become Indiegrove, a network of originals.  For financing, I found alternative lenders who understand my vision and wanted to be part of it.  My first customers, who I call the founders of Indiegrove, walked into an empty space, but they could see what it could be and committed themselves to it.  My partners understand that we are all part of a shared economy.  The one thing all of them have in common is that they are able to see a vision and be part of creating it.  Check marks and road blocks do not stop them.  Nonconformity is the culture and norm.

#BeOriginal
#IndiegroveTurns5