This is the text from the December 2017 Coworking & Childcare chatbox. We hope you find it useful!
00:03:01 Kate White: We can hear you :)
00:07:49 Kate White: If everyone except could mute, that’d be good!
00:08:06 Kate White: *except nido
00:08:34 Yoselin Gonzalez: PRESS F4
00:12:32 Kira Sjoberg: So you’re incorporating as a 501(c)(3)?
00:12:59 Marlene Weiss: what was the driving force to change?
00:13:04 Jackie Maniscalco: A big change - what were the major factors for the decision?
00:13:07 Kate White: Can you describe the reasoning behind transitioning to a nonprofit?
00:13:14 Kate White: 👍
00:16:12 Kira Sjoberg: Yes :)
00:16:32 Kira Sjoberg: I have a nonprofit but we were thinking about having a for-profit component, too.
00:16:53 Kira Sjoberg: I’m at a starbucks so it’s super noisy in here.
00:16:57 Kira Sjoberg: Sorry
00:17:26 Martine Resnick: we have considered it but looking at going down the for profit route for now. one reason (not only one) is people often expect for women businesses to be non-profit.
00:17:56 Jackie Maniscalco: We thought about it but were too far in the process to reorganize with a Board, etc.
00:19:09 Martine Resnick: did you guys consider LLC VS. CCorp / corportation?
00:19:14 Kira Sjoberg: I think it’s smart! I know you probably get questions on insurance all the time. Do you have a recommendation on a childcare insurance provider?
00:20:55 Jackie Maniscalco: Our accountant said S-corp prob not worth it
00:21:00 Martine Resnick: thanks! helpful
00:21:27 Tracy Epps: I work for the Wildflower Montessori foundation. we r planning to open an infant toddler school next fall in the Bay Area (California). We have an opportunity to lease a third space very cheaply and are considering opening a co-working space. this would fall under our umbrella non-profit. but still not sure how to gauge community interest or support
00:22:39 Tracy Epps: I wasn’t asking about the non-profit aspect. It can fall under our current non-profit status.
00:23:00 Tracy Epps: Just sharing we r still not sure how to
00:24:09 Martine Resnick: we've been sending out a survey (google surveys) to gauge local interest
00:24:22 Martine Resnick: and planning more indepth focus group in the new year.
00:25:19 Tracy Epps: www.wildflowerschools.org
00:26:03 Yoselin Gonzalez: Hi Tracy. Where in the Bay Area?
00:26:12 Tracy Epps: Pittsburg
00:27:11 Yoselin Gonzalez: I am in San Francisco and I would love to talk more about it :)
00:27:47 Yoselin Gonzalez: let me know and we could exchange emails :)
00:29:13 Kira Sjoberg: I feel like there’s such a huge need for these spaces that competition isn’t a huge concern.
00:30:13 Camille Galdes: I agree--and to Tiffany's point, I think there's a lot of room at coworking+childcare for unique programming that can make your space stand out, i.e. kids birthday parties, professional support that is catered to parents, etc.
00:30:17 Kate White: I think the bigger concern for competition is daycare chains trying to add on a coworking space :)
00:31:15 Camille Galdes: true--which is where I think your model comes in. Our space is flexible / drop-in and that is much of our competitive edge and what daycare chains wouldn't be able to replicate.
00:33:12 Marlene Weiss: this is marlene of The Inc. and we’re in Seattle. We are a preschool-exempt school and the max is 4 hours
00:33:24 Tracy Epps: That is my understanding
00:33:24 Camille Galdes: we are able to do up to 3 hours, which has worked all right--i've thought about offering something like the programming that libraries have, because at least here (DC area) the libraries are completely overwhelmed with baby classes, etc
00:33:53 Tracy Epps: No time restrictions in CA as long as parents are on the premises.
00:34:11 Amanda Krochik: thank you :)
00:34:16 Camille Galdes: hey Naomi, we still need to connect!
00:34:18 Amanda Quick: Amanda in Missouri with The Hatchery. Our restriction is 4 hours a day. It’s mostly free play, but are working on creating more structure/stations/crafts
00:34:42 Jackie Maniscalco: In PA as long as parents on site, no restrictions
00:35:35 Naomi Rasmussen: i’d be really interested in talking about insurance if we can
00:35:41 Marlene Weiss: our preschool room is a session-based flexible preschool : 9am-1pm. parents can pick their days or even decide to come in the same day but it’s 4 hours and parents can drop-off as long as their kids are potty-trained. for our toddler room, it’s open for only 4 hours but is an hourly drop-in with a min of 2 hrs.
00:36:10 Marlene Weiss: and toddler parents and preschooler parents with kids who aren’t potty-trained must stay onsite
00:36:14 Jackie Maniscalco: Don’t forget about workers comp (current issue for us)!
00:37:22 Marlene Weiss: we like to say we are a child-friendly office space!
00:37:28 Kate White: I wonder how a gym gets insurance for their non-licensed childcare..?
00:37:29 Amanda Quick: State Farm added a coworking section in their plans. We had to show our business plan, our floor plan, memberships, and childcare waiver.
00:38:07 Amanda Quick: They just made us prove that we were more coworking than childcare.
00:40:40 Jackie Maniscalco: It took us a few rounds of explanation as welll
00:42:19 Amanda Quick: we’ve found it interesting that out of 40 members only 5 are using our childcare!
00:43:21 Martine Resnick: whats the name of your space?
00:43:37 Jackie Maniscalco: Naomi, have you hired caregivers?
00:43:57 Kira Sjoberg: We ran pop-up coworking + childcare sessions in San Diego over the summer but it became very cumbersome and we had trouble getting general liability insurance.
00:44:18 Amanda Krochik: Kira - that's really interesting! What kind of space did you have/use?
00:44:27 Naomi Rasmussen: space is called workafrolic
00:44:31 Kira Sjoberg: So we’re focusing on opening our flagship permanent space now.
00:44:37 Martine Resnick: awesome, congrats!!
00:44:40 Amanda Krochik: Awesome!
00:44:43 Camille Galdes: Yea-I really doubt they'll mind the delay
00:44:44 Amanda Krochik: Where was the pop-up?
00:44:48 Amanda Quick: We had a delay and just over communicated and they were cool about it - they loved hearing about the progress and were cheering us on
00:44:56 Kira Sjoberg: Zebo Coworking + Childcare.
00:45:23 Kate White: I’m at work and feel weird talking to the group! But I found a kick*ss business partner for Third Space Coworking in Omaha (www.thirdspacecoworking.com) who is helping me find commercial spaces for lease, set up conversations with architects, then (sooN) pursue investments. We’re planning on going whole hog with a licensed childcare space, pursuing employers who want to subsidize memberships for their new parent employees, etc. :D
00:45:38 Kate White: (Can everyone share a link to their website or fb page or something?)
00:46:02 Kira Sjoberg: We used a community room at a Montessori school. It was awesome but the work space and childcare was in the same room so that presented fun challenges :D
00:46:46 Kira Sjoberg: www.zebocoworking.com
00:47:03 Kira Sjoberg: That sounds really great, Kate!
00:47:10 Kate White: Thanks!
00:47:39 Kate White: Yeah it’s been a mother to figure out. Will definitely share when we have the model figured out
00:47:53 Kate White: Yeah I work in tech so it’s been kind of a natural fit
00:47:59 Martine Resnick: www.the-lola.com - were still pretty early in the process. but looking to start building the community ahead of time in the new year with the goal of a physical space by middle to end next year
00:48:08 Martine Resnick: in Atlanta!
00:48:42 Martine Resnick: eileen is my biz partner!
00:48:44 Camille Galdes: our website: www.playworkdash.com
00:48:55 Martine Resnick: sorry my computer wouldnt type!!
00:49:00 Jackie Maniscalco: https://www.facebook.com/MOMentumCoworkingPA/
00:49:00 Amanda Quick: website www.thehatchery.club
00:49:11 Kate White: Tif, when do you think the fb group will be up? :)
00:49:15 Kira Sjoberg: Is there a FB active now that we can join?
00:49:27 Stephanie Grinnan: I’m a little late to share, but in CA you can have onsite child care of up to 3 hours if the parents remain onsite with out being licensed.
00:49:37 Amanda Krochik: Thanks Stephanie!
00:50:10 Amanda Krochik: I'm stuck at 2 and I feel like there's a world of difference between 2 and 3 or 4 hours
00:50:27 Kate White: Thank you Tif!
00:50:29 Kate White: you’re great!
00:50:30 Amanda Krochik: Thank you!!!
00:50:33 Naomi Rasmussen: thanks!
00:50:34 Amanda Quick: Thank you!
00:50:40 Kira Sjoberg: Thank you so much Tiffany!
00:50:44 Stephanie Grinnan: thank you!
00:50:47 Camille Galdes: yea i can definitely see 2 hours not being enough...trying to think of ways to supplement that
00:50:49 Martine Resnick: thanks so much! and congrats to everyone for doing this!
00:50:53 Jackie Maniscalco: Thank you!!
00:51:05 Camille Galdes: Thank you!!
00:51:06 Camille Galdes: byye