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Collecting the Kindling

By

Arlen Coiley

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February 26, 2017

So here we are, standing on the edge of a new (ad)venture, one that we believe is going to some of the problems that small business entrepreneurs like ourselves face every day:

- We are being crushed by overhead costs, preventing us from reaching the full potential of our impact.

- We spend a huge portion of our time working on necessary administrative tasks like our website, accounting and marketing, which gives us less time to work on producing our offering.

- Our specialization in different industries and skill sets limits how far we can each scale our venture.

- All of the above stunt our ability to create a significant company culture and broad a professional network.

Are these problems that you can relate to? If so, I think you'll be stoked about this idea. None of us can solve these problems on our own, but if we were to face them as a team, as a cooperative, we could tip the odds in our favor. We all need to get these basic needs met in order to sustain and grow our ventures, like kindling for a fire, and if we gather it together we're going to save ourselves a whole lot of time and money.

The humble beginnings of the Collective

Kindling Collective is a business cooperative, created by a group of young entrepreneurs in the beautiful city of Bellingham, Washington. As members we share the cost of needs like our website, accounting software/services, marketing and work/storage space. All of our individual brands are directly associated with the greater brand of Kindling, which not only allows us to create a greater culture and network, but also pools all commercial attention to one spot, allowing all of us to succeed. Our founding group is made up of eight people and we already have a wide range of talent: great coffee roasting and popups, professional film making, music producing, visual art and public relations to name a few. If we channel it all properly it's clear that we're about to make some amazing things happen for ourselves and in turn for each other.

2017 is going to be a big year for all of us, and to start it off right, we're launching this venture. We have the amazing privilege through the IDEA Institute at WWU of receiving space in the Technology Development Center downtown, where we are currently planning out how we're going to use it. We will have an office, a silent work area, storage space and we happen to share the building with the Foundry makerspace, which will be of huge benefit to us. Right now our goals are to finalize our organizational structure and registration as a cooperative; officially complete and launch our website, integrate ourselves comfortably into this space and make it both comfortable and efficient and to create prototype stories of ventures that overcome obstacles by joining Kindling Collective. To receive more information and see us build this cooperative follow our weekly blog posts and our instagram account. Also, feel free to send us an email if you have any questions, we would love to hear from you.

Cheers!

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