Grandin CoLab, a Collaborative Work Space in Roanoke, Welcomes Director

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Grandin Village’s CoLab is not yet a year old, but since it’s opening it has seen incredible growth. CoLab’s nearly 50 members are incredibly diverse, from startups to freelancers and students to remote workers.

The concept of a large-scale coworking space in the old CVS building in Grandin Village was first presented to Roanoke at CityWorks (X)po 2013. Ed Walker and Samantha Steidle, along with a team of Roanoke innovators, business owners, freelancers and stakeholders, spent the next few months building the CoLab brand and outfitting the 10,000 square foot space.

Virtual Marketing’s founder Samantha Steidle and their Director of Communications Taylor Ricotta were responsible for the quick and seamless launch. They communicated its importance to local businesses and organizations to partners like Virginia Western Community College, which built a solid foundation from which CoLab could grow.

And grow it did. By CityWorks (X)po 2014, CoLab had made a name for itself in the region. The hard-working team of advisors and managers saw opportunities to engage with groups like Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, Roanoke Star Tank, .Net User Group and many more. Local business and non-profit board meetings are a frequent occurrence in the conference rooms, intimate Spanish and business classes are taught weekly, as well as social events and community meetings.

CoLab’s latest change is a direct result of its growth. Thanks to all the work that has been done, CoLab has welcomed it’s first full-time employee, Ariel Lev. Ariel will be serving as the Director of CoLab and has her eyes firmly focused on growth, productivity, community engagement and innovation. With a director in the saddle, CoLab will continue to work toward its mission of supporting the innovation and entrepreneurial backbone in the Roanoke region. CoLab’s doors are open to the community, so stop by to find out how your business, your idea or YOU can make an impact.

Visit the website to find out more about the new events happening weekly, the new (lower!) member pricing and the various ways to get involved.

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