Suite Spotte’s member community is joining forces during these tough times to help the restaurants located where our members live, work, and play.
For our weekly HOT Seat meeting, participating Suite Spotte members will buy their lunch from one of two local restaurants selected the prior week.
Our intent is to share our weekly picks through social media with our neighbors and friends to encourage them to also buy their lunch or dinner from our selected restaurants on our HOT Seat days.
Everybody’s got to eat, so why not enjoy a great meal and help a fellow business neighbor.
What’s the HOT Seat?
Since 2015, Suite Spotters participate in a weekly, member-driven entrepreneurial “HOT” Seat. In the past, we’ve grabbed our lunches (usually purchased from a local restaurant) and gathered in one of the Suite Spotte conference rooms. Since the Stay-At-Home order, our HOT Seat has become virtual via a weekly Zoom meeting. All members from Suite Spotte Forest Park and La Grange are welcome to join the call.
After briefly updating each other on what’s new, one member is chosen to share an idea or knowledge they recently acquired, recommend a new tool that has helped them, or ask for feedback on a problem they have encountered. It’s that last part that gave this weekly gathering the name “HOT” Seat.
Members respond by delving deeper into the problem the HOT Seater is struggling with and then brainstorm ideas on how it may be solved.
We’ve seen amazing results come out of this one-hour meeting. Ideas for new marketing strategies, sharing of new technology, new resources identified, and the start of new collaborations among members to launch a new product (e.g., Fluid Running H2Go).
The creativity and power of our Suite Spotter community is boundless. During these challenging times, we want to use our collective energy for the benefit of our member community and beyond to the greater local community. When neighbors help each other, the whole community thrives.
…in all honesty our Suite Spotte suburban coworking community is blessed with a lot of winners. But this month we’re featuring one of the special ones, Shannon Lucas, a member of the RyTech digital marketing team, and a 2019 WSCCI Regional 30 Under 40 Award recipient.
You’re a digital marketing professional Shannon — why did you decide to follow that path?
I graduated from Loras College in 2013 with a degree in Business Management. Being in college as social media was really beginning to takeoff, I always knew it was going to play a huge role in my life….and here I am at RyTech, a full service digital marketing agency.
Tell us Shannon, what’s a typical day like for you at RyTech?
Most of my days are spent engaging with social media accounts online, reading up and keeping up-to-speed on the latest trends and tech features, and creating unique and innovative strategies for each of my clients, whether through social media or email.
What is your favorite thing about the work you do?
Hands down it’s collaborating with clients to grow their organizations, and then coming up with new ways to get the word out about all of the great work they’re doing in the community!
When you’re not working digital wizardry, what do you like to do?
I love spending time with my friends and family, attending Chicago Blackhawk and White Sox games (big fan!), and hanging with my Cockapoo puppy, Shep, who turns one the first week of June! Happy Birthday Shep!!
You were just awarded the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce Regional 30 Under 40 Award. Congrats! Who nominated you?
I was so proud to be nominated by a client, Barb Kartzmark with the Western Springs Park District, whom I have been working with for the past year! It was truly a surprise, and I’m really grateful to Barb for her support. It’s also quite the honor to represent RyTech within our local community.
What does it mean to you to be a Regional 30 Under 40 Award recipient?
This is my first professional award, so it really means a lot!! What even made it more special was that a client took time out of their busy day to nominate me for the Award. This has also set into motion my plan to be an EGOT Winner!
What are three words to best describe you and your work ethic?
Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself Shannon! If you’re looking to make your digital mark with high quality and consistency, our award-winning, Suite Spotter Shannon Lucas has what you need!
All you accountants out there, read no further or cover your ears for what I’ve got to say to my fellow business owners.
Every check, credit card transaction, or cash purchase you make for your business shouldn’t be viewed purely as an expense. I’m not talking accounting principles here, I’m talking mindset.
If you treat all spends the same, you will likely miss out on doing things that will have a far greater impact on your business growth. Some expenses are smart investments. If lumped in with printer cartridges and copier paper, you’re not giving them a fair shake.
My mentor is the one who opened my eyes to this many years ago. We talked a lot about what I needed to do to grow my business. I would immediately respond – “I can’t afford that!”
That’s when I learned about my huge blind spot. The decision was not whether I should spend the money on my business, but whether I should invest the money in my business.
That shed a whole new light on expenses. Investments were the workshops that gave me the knowledge I needed to stay competitive and growing; and, mastermind groups to get me out of my own head; and coworking. Yes, I worked from a coworking space before I started Suite Spotte because I got so much energy, ideas, and inspiration from other members. These were some of the investments I made to take advantage of the growth opportunities I was then prepared to create. And still do today to keep growing.
Sure, money was often tight. But somehow, I found a way. Whether it was by asking for a workshop fee as a Christmas or Mother’s Day gift from family instead of the fresh flowers or new sweater I usually got. I’ve also been known to sell off some “vintage” items that had been stored away. Or cooking for a month instead of picking up something quick and pricey a few days a week. Or even postponing an upgrade to the latest cool phone. Be creative! The money is there. If you really want your business to grow, you will find it.
The next time an opportunity comes your way that will help move your business forward. Step up and invest in YOU!
Find out more about what you should invest in for your business from the experts at the Rocka Million Weekend.
Suite Spotte was fortunate to have local high school interns work at Suite Spotte this summer. Lyons Township High School intern, Joanna, shares her experience at Suite Spotte. Thanks Joanna! We miss you already!
Suite Spotter Mike Bash shares interviewing tips with Summer Interns.
When I first heard about Suite Spotte, I had no idea what coworking was, and had little experience with business in general. Over the course of my few weeks at Suite Spotte, I learned so much about entrepreneurship, coworking environments, and business itself.
I really feel fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to work in a space like Suite Spotte, not only because of the rapidly growing coworking market, but because of the diversity of the people here.
I did get the chance to sit down and talk with a few Suite Spotters, and it was so interesting to see the similarities and differences between people. I really got a sense of the people who come here and why they come here. I found it super interesting and motivating to see so many different people in so many different businesses and fields working in such a collaborative environment.
The main project that I worked on here at Suite Spotte was developing ideas for an online membership site and researching coworking management software. If I’m being honest, some of the work could be tedious at times, but other parts were extremely exciting, and overall I found the experience very valuable.
It allowed me to take steps out of my comfort zone, discover how I can leverage certain aspects of my personality into strengths, and see how well I work on a single project both in a group and individually. The skills that I learned while working at Suite Spotte are skills that I can apply to high school, college, and beyond, and I’m very thankful for that.
Suite Spotte is a really special place. It fosters creativity, productivity and learning, as well as an amazing sense of community and collaboration. I’m so grateful to have been a part of it!
The clocks have sprung ahead, spring is imminent, and the hibernation season is over.
It’s time to get your swagger back!
Boost your image, energize your “net” worth, and nourish your mind and body. Approaching daily life with confidence, optimism, and self-love gives you the power you need to be and achieve what you most desire.
To help you put a spring back in your step, Suite Spotte Coworking and Waddell & Reed are hosting a free midday mindset makeover for all you women out there.
We’ll share ways to boost your self-esteem and align your mind and body… all while indulging in a bit of the bubbly and a few deliciously decadent treats.