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2020 End Of Year Report

=SPACE Sharespace & Incubator presents our 2020 EOY Report. This report showcases the hard work our team put into making this a successful year. We care about the well-being of our community members; and about the future of entrepreneurship, generational wealth, and true excellence. We are the future and will continue to fight for our mission to provide equal space, opportunity, and resources.

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CHECK OUT OUR 2020 END OF YEAR SIZZLE REEL TOO!

MarketSPACE: Summerfade Is Here!!

=SPACE will collaborate with local organizations, businesses, and collectives once again to develop a 2-day holistic local market!

A night of Newark’s finest vocal talents alongside local makers, artisans, and creatives, to celebrate the brilliance of Newark — while keeping our dollars local.

MarketSPACE: Summerfade is not just a market, we will have various eastern wellness professionals who will engage in conscientious moments with our local community members. So, get ready to soak in the positivity with great your yoga, reiki, song-bowl moments. We are trying to align your style and your chi!

Overall, you will come to MarketSPACE to swag up your fit for the fall, realign your chakra, and get a little groovy. This is an event for all ages, so make sure to invite ev’rybody and enjoy the last of the summer with us.

 

Day 1

6pm          Opening

6:15pm     Meditative experience

6:30pm    Market SPACE doors open

7pm          Reiki healing

7:30pm    Yoga experience

8pm          Closing

 

Day 2

6pm         Opening

6:15pm    Music guest(s) #1: Neo-soul & Jazz

6:30pm   Market SPACE doors open

7pm          Music guest(s) #2: R&B & Pop

7:30pm   Music guest(s) #3: Samba & Salsa

8pm         Closing

 

 

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS EXPERIENCE!

 

PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS WITH OUR SMALL BUSINESS RESILIENCY PROGRAM!

Climate disasters—combined with the lingering economic stress of the pandemic—present immediate challenges to the survival of small businesses and the outlook for long-term recovery and growth.

With the generous support of Wells FargoFoundation, LISC is developing our Small Business Resiliency Network of disaster planning coaches to ensure that businesses are prepared for disasters and have adaptation strategies in place.By rooting our approach at the intersection of economic and environmental recovery, our network will strengthen the resilience of our communities through the resilience of our small businesses.

As part of a 20-organization cohort in Alabama, New Jersey, New York, Louisiana, and Texas, =SPACE will provide one-on-one support, technical assistance, and trainings for small businesses to:

  • Understand how climate change impacts small businesses, including how to differentiate between short-term acute shocks and long-term chronic stressors
  • Assess barriers to preparedness and develop strategies to assess them
  • Identify climate-related business opportunities, including evolving technologies, shifting stakeholders, emerging disclosure requirements, and investment and funding trends

Our organization will provide one-on-one training in disaster preparedness, recovery and resiliency to those businesses interested in learning how their business can better prepare and respond more efficiently and quickly after a disaster to reopen operations. We also offer Zoom meetings in addition to our in-person technical assistance services.

This program will be starting soon. Fill out the form below if you would like to know when this program will start. Limited spots available. We are selecting 40 businesses in Essex County to participate!

 


5 Reasons A Sharespace Is Better Than A Coworking Space

It is common in this field for people to want to be “the next big thing” or “the outlier”. Our true aspirations are supporting women ventures, Black & Brown startups, the people that work the hardest and receive the least.We offer office and communal space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, thought leaders, and anyone who may simply need a change of pace. We have served the community of Newark for 7 years, and we look forward to continuously providing resources to our thriving community. As =SPACE grew and connected more with the people who used our space, we learned more about the pain points that our Space(r)s [=SPACE community members] deal with on a daily basis, both in their career, and within their own minds. With those things in sight, we curate events and experiences like Newark Tech Week, Small Business Week, and Woman In-Novation. These events allow us to collaborate with Mayor Ras J. Baraka, mayor of the largest city in New Jersey, powerhouses like Nathalie Molina Nino [Founder of Brava Investments], Senator Sandra Cunningham, Marley Dias [#1000BlackGirlBooks], and other prolific influencers from all over the U.S. Our partners list is exponentially growing and allows us to format an experience for Space(r)s that is noteworthy and fitting for their personal businesses.

There are 5 ways we provide better opportunities than any coworking space:

  1. Inclusive Culture: Our community is rich not only in cultural diversity, but also in industry diversity. We have freelance photographers, fitness trainers, lawyers, tech writers, content developers, real-estate specialists, social media influencers, coders, and more – these are the people who make =SPACE what it is.
  2. Community Support:Although, we are still amidst a pandemic, =SPACE managed to develop its second city-wide week-long conference, Small Business Week. We hosted everything from courses to luncheons, helping 80+ local small businesses build up hard and soft skills to grow their business. We curate events and experiences like Newark Tech Week, Woman In-Novation, and Civic Influencers. These events allow us to collaborate with Mayor Ras J. Baraka, mayor of the largest city in New Jersey, powerhouses like Nathalie Molina Nino [Founder of Brava Investments], Senator Sandra Cunningham, Marley Dias [#1000BlackGirlBooks], and other prolific influencers from all over the U.S.
  3. Social Network: Last year we hosted over 25 events, with over 1.8K attendees, during a tough time for so many small businesses we were able to create free programming that empowered, educated and provided access to much needed support. Our proof is in our actions. We collaborate with organizations and businesses like NJII, Panasonic, Verizon, NJEDA, LISC and more to build our social capital; and provide our members with access to high-level information on grants, startup funding, and more!
  4. 1:1 Mentorship: We actively practice cultural equity and diversity through our business policies and practices, including our Ambassadors Program. Our Ambassadors are Newark-based individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the entrepreneurial and/or creative landscape of our city. Ambassadors represent =SPACE through assisting us with marketing & promotion, hosting events and being a part of SPACE(r) culture. Ambassadors also receive free membership and business mentorship, as a result, choosing ambassadors is in line with our mission. We work with local talents including visual artists, graphic designers, photographers and entrepreneurs in tech, fashion, marketing and more.
  5. Endless Resources: =SPACE has expanded its facility, with over 19,000 sq.ft. of space. We have formatted our space to host more suites to encourage safe workplace distance while encouraging connection with our common space amenities. We have dedicated ourselves to provide more amenities to our Spacers like FitSPACE, a gym with a personal trainer to help address the increased mental/physical health concerns for the entrepreneurial community at large.

Click here to schedule a tour today! And Grab your free day pass!

 

3 Ways To Support Our Community Members

Our community members are lively, determined, and brilliant. It is a true honor to be the first choice of so many individuals and seeing them succeed pushes our entire team to work harder. The most valuable thing about our community members is their sportsmanship. When a new person joins our space, they are welcomed into a family. We have seen great collaborations between our Space(r)s and the projects that they develop are outstanding. Our community is rich not only in cultural diversity, but also in industry diversity. We have freelance photographers, fitness trainers, lawyers, tech writers, content developers, real-estate specialists, social media influencers, coders, and more – these are the people who make =SPACE what it is. They believe in our mission. We provide them with as many resources as we can and they give us back support tenfold. Seeing their greatness gives the =SACE team hope for the future – they [SPACE(r)s]  are building it, and it looks grand.  

We support our community in three major ways:

  1. Start-up Funding Opportunities: Our business has spent the past 7 years making connections with organizations and ventures [NJIT, NJEDA, and LISC, to name a few], so you don’t have to. We collaborate with incubators [like Digital Undivided] all around the U.S. who offer nation wide funding and pitching opportunities to small business owners and startup founders. Having priority status with many of these organizations allow us to gain primary access to this information.
  2. Educational Programming: We collaborate with various collegiate institutions and government agencies [NJII Venture Link, Verizon, to name a few] to offer various  accredited free and sponsored educational programs; teaching entrepreneurs key skills in business development, financial wellness, and investment pitching.
  3. Business Mentorship: =SPACE’s team are experienced in different areas of business from pitching and grant writing, to operations and customer acquisition. We also partner with professionals who have 5+ years of business leadership open to answering your burning questions. You can schedule 30-minute free sessions with our team and receive discounted rates for meeting with professionals credited business mentors.

Click here to take a tour and grab a free day pass!

 

 

3 Things You Must Know About Web Development

If you’re reading this article, then chances are you’re interested in web development. After all, web development is one of the most in-demand skills today. So if you’re just learning about web development or already have some experience with it, here are some things you should know before diving into your next project.

1. Kinds of Web Developers

Before learning more about web development, you should know that there are different kinds of web developers. Frontend developers build the look and feel of a website using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. On the other hand, backend developers work on the code behind the scenes, including database management and server settings.

There are also full-stack developers who can handle both frontend and backend coding. In addition, mobile app developers specialize in creating apps for smartphones and tablets. Knowing the different kinds of web developers can help you decide what kind of position you’d be best suited for.

2. Technical Skills of Web Developers

Web developers need the necessary technical skills to succeed in their fields. Since web development is a very broad field, you’ll want to make sure you know the basics of different areas of technology. Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll need:

  • HTML and CSS

The first thing you need to do when starting out with a new project is to learn how to write good code. This includes both HTML and CSS. HTML stands for hypertext markup language, which is just a way of structuring data on a webpage. On the other hand, CSS (cascading style sheets) is used to make sure that everything looks nice on a page.

  • Basic Programming Languages

Once you’ve mastered HTML and CSS, you’ll want to start learning a programming language as well. There are many different languages available for use on the web, but the most common ones include PHP, C++, C#, Ruby, Python, and Java. You should know that learning one language can lead to a basic understanding of other programming languages as well. or instance, some kids are learning Python at a young age so they can later move on to more advanced languages.

  • Software and Developer Tools

Aside from knowing how to write code, you’ll also need knowledge of software and developer tools. When it comes to web development, software and developer tools can help you build websites faster, easier, and with better results. They also enable allow you to check code during the process of building a site, which helps catch errors early on. 

  • User Interface and User Experience

Web development isn’t limited to just the actual website; it involves user interface design too. If you’re creating a website for someone else, you’ll want to consider their needs and preferences as much as possible. This is where the importance of user experience comes in. With basic knowledge of UX/UI and graphic design, you can create a website that fits its users’ needs while still looking aesthetically pleasing. 

3. Soft Skills of Web Developers

In addition to technical skills, you’ll also need soft skills to become a successful web developer. Remember that web development encompasses so many different facets of the industry. As such, it requires a wide range of expertise. To become a successful web developer, some of the soft skills you need include:

  • Problem-Solving

You’ll need to have an analytical mind to solve problems and come up with solutions. Web developers usually find themselves spending a lot of time thinking about the functionality needed for a particular website or application. While this may not seem like a challenging task at first, it will quickly turn into something difficult if you aren’t able to think through problems effectively.

  • Perseverance 

Web development isn’t always easy. You need to take time to work on your projects even though they don’t always go according to plan. A web developer who has been working in the field for a long period of time knows what it takes to stay motivated and focused while working on his or her projects.

  • Communication

Whether you work in person or online, you’ll need to communicate clearly with others. In web development, working with different clients and other team members is inevitable. You need to have strong communication skills to ensure everyone understands what they’re supposed to be doing and why.

  • Project Management

Having project management skills is essential for any kind of job. It’s especially important when you’re dealing with multiple people or tasks at a time. Without the knowledge of how to manage your time or resources efficiently, you won’t be able to meet deadlines and deliver high-quality products.

  • Creativity

Lastly, you need to have creative ideas and innovative solutions to problems as well. Creativity doesn’t only apply to art; it applies to everything, especially in web development. There are times when web developers need to come up with unique ways of tackling problems or finding new approaches. With some creative skills in your alley, you’ll be able to develop more effective applications and websites.

Final Words

As you can see, web development involves a variety of skills and disciplines. Learning how to write lines of code can only take you so far. It takes the right combination of both hard and soft skills to become a highly-skilled web developer to be successful in the industry.  

Open SPACE: An =SPACE Experience

We have expanded our sharespace and want to celebrate with our fellow entrepreneurs. We now have over 19,000 square feet of workspace, art, culture, and vibes!

So, come and see our facility. Take a breather, grab a drink, and make some great connections with fellow entrepreneurs.

If you are looking to meet more like-minded people, this is the place for you. If you are thinking about starting your own business, this is the space for you. If you just want to surround yourself with successful people, this community is for you.

RSVP BELOW:

TAKE YOUR SPACE

=SPACE’s mission is to serve entrepreneurs, founders and small businesses largely led by people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ+ community across industries and scale. Our start-ups tend to be tech and creative focused, however we welcome start-ups at all stages and all industries. From pre-seed start-ups to multi-billion corporations, our members represent the spectrum; what they all have in common is a commitment to working in space where they are not only welcomed, but believed in. We support our members’ growth and work to make sure they have all of the tools they need to succeed, in three ways:

Affordability:

We base our pricing on developing sustainable spaces, for budding solo entrepreneurs and startups — to HQs for social impact corporations with teams of 5 and more.

Versatile Space:

We offer various types of space for different entrepreneurs. From office suites and desk space for our members, to multimedia and podcast studios for our creatives.

Community Programming:

We curate 65% of the year with enriching events that cover business development, financial literacy, branding and marketing to art shows, mini concerts, market fairs, and more!

#TAKEYOURSPACE

THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING A SPACE(r)

We are NOT a COWORKING business. We are a SHARESPACE. The difference is clear: coworking is transactional, you receive a desk, you make a payment, your success is based on proximity and your work ethic. If the playing field were level this would be enough to jumpstart you to success. In an ideal world this would be the dream.

I think as we all work and put sweat, blood and tears into our dreams we can attest that the world is not fair. Inequality and Obstruction exist in the game of business, the game is rigged, so community is what offset the odds, communities of men, women and immigrating cultures banded together to offer support, comfort and guidance. That guidance, that community is how we define our sharespace, =SPACE is built by men and women and they, by people of color and immigrant voices. Once your business or startup enters our SPACE we sit in communion to learn about your vision, we build access and resources around you to even the odds. The benefits are in having an environment that says, yes in a world that sometimes seems to shout, no.

Don’t just take our word for it, the proof is in the sauce.

Programming to Create Impact

Last year we hosted over 25 events, with over 1.8K attendees, during a tough time for so many small businesses we were able to create free programming that empowered, educated and provided access to much needed support. Our proof is in our actions.

Amenities Offered at ES

Our space is 19,000 sq ft over three floors and we built every space to suit the needs of our members, many of the startups we have deal in media and data, and so our space has Newark Fiber, the fastest internet speeds on the east coast. With many of our entrepreneurs being content creators we created photography, video and podcast studios to meet their needs.

Access & Resources

Leading partners and community members help to create a more equitable landscape for our entrepreneurs and innovators to plant their seeds. In Newark, we have forged strong partnerships with anchor organizations, accelerators to incubators, and state institutions dedicated to creating impact. The team at ES is aware that we have to create a network of support to allow for our startups to gain the momentum they deserve.

We want to share in your dreams of success, #TAKEYOURSPACE with us.


Awesome Tech Tools For Determining Navigation Routes

Navigation is essential to human life, whether for choosing the best route from your house to your workplace or for deciding the most efficient shipping route for goods. Fortunately, our method of navigation has developed through time, giving rise to amazing tech tools that help determine the most ideal navigation routes by land, sea, or air. 

This article will discuss the best general tools for navigation, as well as a few of the best navigation technologies for maritime transportation.

Best tech-based navigation tools 

Navigation tools in the modern-day are primarily concerned with fuel consumption, safety, and speed. Other tools for navigating streets can even provide specific and detailed information such as the best route to avoid traffic or the quickest way to hit several stops. 

Navigation technology for general purposes

Magnetic Compass

In the 13th century, the magnetic compass was a huge advance in navigation technology because it allowed travelers to find their way even when their usual astronomical cues (e.g., the North Star) were obscured. The compass uses the Earth’s magnetic field to point to the north pole. Though it isn’t as new as the other technologies on this list, it is still vital to fleet management.

Global Positioning System

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a global navigation system that uses satellites to provide and synchronize data on location, velocity, and time. GPS receivers have been used for tracking vessels and monitoring their positions at sea. But it is also found in your car, your watch, and even your smartphone.

GPS works by receiving signals from multiple satellites orbiting the Earth. Nowadays, this navigation tool can be equipped with features like autopilot or collision avoidance. More commonly, GPS is used to plot courses to specific destinations.

Radar

Radio Detection and Ranging (Radar) detects objects and their positions relative to your current location. Radar works by sending out a radio signal, which gets reflected back to the radar when it hits an object. Maritime radars are especially useful for detecting other ships and land obstacles and avoiding collisions as a result. Originally developed for military purposes, radar is still most widely used for military applications on land, in the air, and at sea. Military uses of radar include missile guidance and air navigation.

Navigation apps

Route optimization apps combine information from various sources as well as relevant technologies in order to determine the safest and fastest route for all kinds of vehicles. For land navigation, applications such as Waze and Google Maps are two of the most widely used. Waze is most loved for providing accurate, up-to-date traffic data and good rerouting to get you around severe traffic jams. Google Maps, on the other hand, provides cycling and walking routes as well as a top-notch search function and offline map option. Meanwhile, reliable maritime navigation apps include Wayfinder for plotting shipping routes and Navi-Planner for safe, rookie-friendly voyage planning. 

Navigation technology for maritime travel

Maritime transportation may not be a daily activity for most of us, but it fuels the global economy through the shipping and receiving of goods and raw materials from different countries. Hence, finding safe and efficient routes at sea is a significant goal of modern navigation.

Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)

An electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) is used for determining a vessel’s course and speed. It displays your coordinates, time, and date on a map screen. It is frequently used in navigation apps because it allows voyagers to plan and monitor routes and calculate ETAs automatically.

Automatic Identification Systems

Automatic identification systems (AIS) allow vessels to broadcast their location information to passing ships with radio waves. They automatically transmit information to nearby ships to avoid collisions. AIS can also be used to calculate the shortest route, making it an indispensable tool for shipping companies.

Voyage Data Recorder

A voyage data recorder (VDR) is a tiny electronic device that records data about a ship’s voyage, much like an airplane’s black box. It is usually used in commercial vessels and oil tankers. VDRs contain multiple sensors such as pressure transducers, gyroscopes, altimeters, and accelerometers. In case of accidents, investigators can use data recorded by VDRs to uncover the cause of the incident.

Drifting weather buoys

Maritime navigation apps often integrate weather data which are collected through traditional weather buoys or, more recently, smart buoys. These innovative drifting weather buoys are free-moving devices that collect weather and ocean data, specifically currents, water, air, and sea surface temperatures, salinity, air pressure, and wave direction, among others.

Final words

Because navigation plays an important role in our lives, whether individually or as a nation, it is natural for innovation in navigation to be prioritized and celebrated. For general purposes, we have compasses, GPS, radar, and navigation apps at our disposal. Meanwhile, maritime navigators have ECDIS, AIS, VDR, and smart buoys. As startups and researchers continue to thrive through technology events and grants, we will enjoy easier and safer navigation in the years to come.