7 February

Member Spotlight: Reza Mazaheri & Sanjay Sethi

Reza Mazaheri & Sanjay Sethi
Sethi and Mazaheri, LLC

Sethi & Mazaheri is a boutique law firm with offices in New York, New Jersey, and DC Metro area. We are deeply committed to social justice and immigrant rights. Our firm specializes in representing immigrants in removal proceedings, non-citizens who have been charged with criminal offenses, refugees and asylum seekers fleeing persecution and artists who are unable to express themselves freely in their home countries.

Discover more about Sethi and Mazaheri, LLC at www.sethimaz.com

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.

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

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

2 January

Indiegrove Turns 5!

Indiegrove is celebrating 5 years today!

Five years ago, Indiegrove was a dream. Most people thought I was crazy. Coworking was a new industry and Jersey City was turning a corner. A few people took the leap with me and committed themselves to building a hub for entrepreneurship in Jersey City. Today, that is exactly what we have become.

The most incredible part of what has happened is the impact that this community has at so many levels and in so many ways. We have huge communities operating out of our space, i. e. JCFJC Families and Downtown Community Church. We have fast growing tech startups, i.e. Quantum and EventCombo. Cenx was just listed on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 List. We have mature businesses with years of experience who have shaped their own industries, i.e. Real Roofers. We have industry clusters, i.e. legal practices, financial firms and therapy practices, who cross refer to another and collaborate on cases. We have independent professionals who lead global teams and move major projects forward. We have family run businesses. We have community leaders.

Big things are happening at Indiegrove and we are changing the world. This community of changemakers is shaping the future. Tens of millions of dollars in revenue, hundreds of jobs created and countless connections are happening here each year. What we are doing now will touch our lives and so many others in the years to come.

A huge part of our success has been our ability to stay focused on our purpose and values. To celebrate our 5 year anniversary, this month we will be highlighting how our values guide and define us.

Every decision we make is in line with these 5 values:

Be Original

Be Bold

Simplicity

Kindness

Own It

As part of our 5 year celebration, we are launching Entrepreneur Talks, a series of conversations with entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses through purpose and values. Each of them have a story to tell about the adversities they have faced and achievements they have felt. I hope you will join us for our first conversation “Leading Through Simplicity” with Joe Nissim, the founder of Strengthlete, as he shares how simplicity and unwavering focus have brought him to success, happiness and leading a change in the nutrition industry.

I hope you will follow us and participate in our story this month on social media, email and around the space. You will no doubt be inspired.

To Your Continued Success,

-Zahra

29 March

Financing a New Business

There are a lot of options for financing a business, but none of them are easy.  I was rejected by every major bank before I took my plan to community lenders and was approved.  The process was painful.  They poked and prodded into every detail of my life and it took months.  In the end it was all worth it.  I had what I needed to build my space and get myself to breakeven. Investors are another increasingly popular option, but you have to be willing to give up control of your business. You have to decide what you can handle and know what the other party is looking for.  Whether you go with debt or equity financing you will be accountable to another party or parties.  My goal is to get to a point the business itself can finance its growth.  For most businesses this is the best option and will allow you to maintain your independence. For others you have to go after outside financing.  Just make sure you never lose sight of why you started the whole thing to begin with.

22 March

Cashflow

Cashflow is the lifeline of your business.  It’s not just about what you bring in and what you take out.  But, most importantly, it’s about when you do it.  I use my cash flow statement to know exactly where I stand and decide the next step of growth for my business.  My cash flow projections are my peace of mind.  Read More