Building a supportive coworking community is all about bringing people together through positive interactions, learning opportunities and collaboration. Once that strong force is built, the support will naturally spill into the greater community and contribute to a culture of giving.

Our new events & community coordinator applies this logic into her work each day, and paired with her talents and nonprofit experience, there’s nothing stopping her from building success in among our members and beyond

Meet Erin Cochran

Erin Cochran stands in CO+HOOTS walkway

Erin Cochran joins our team as our new events & community coordinator. As a part of our team, she’s helping our community and all visitors connect, collaborate and find the business resources they need to succeed.

If you need a well-rounded female heroine in your life, Erin is someone you need to meet. In the workspace, she’s an incredibly resourceful leader working to better the world; over the weekend, she’s a daredevil who may be out skydiving on a whim.

Her goal:

My primary goal is to help build a more connected business community. I intend to do this by getting to know our members, learning more about what will help them reach their goals, and working to bring in and connect them to new businesses, nonprofits and dreamers and doers to make it happen. The more connected we are as a community, the working towards a better world through diverse ideas.

Why she wanted to work at CO+HOOTS:

I first experienced CO+HOOTS in its Washington Street location about six years ago. Then last fall, I started attending the Foundation’s Midweek MindTweaks and enjoyed the diverse programming and learning. Every single time I’ve entered this space, I’ve been inspired by the variety of work being done, the ideas and dreams being pursued, and the energy and community here.

What she believes makes a community successful:

It’s my firm belief that connection through open, honest communication is what makes every community successful. When we know who’s in our community, what they want, need and hope for, we can all help each other be successful either through our own time and talents, or through just simple encouragement and accountability.

Why she believes being involved is important for entrepreneurs:

It’s important to get involved because connection leads to innovation and disruption. And when done together as a community, it’s often for the betterment of all, not the few. When we’re intimately connected to and involved in our communities, we know what problems exist, what needs solved, and the best ways to approach sensible and sustainable solutions that make sense for everyone.

Five ways to get involved in your community by Erin

When you contribute to your community, you’ll get enormous support from the entrepreneurs around you in return — and all of you will grow together. At CO+HOOTS, we bring opportunities to learn and connect to our space weekly, and the Phoenix community has many more. To help you dive into the fun, Erin compiled her favorite tips for getting involved:

1. Keep it local. The first and most impactful is to keep our money local. For every $100 spent locally, $43 stays right here in our local economy, supporting local entrepreneurs and small business owners, and revitalizing our local community. Shopping locally and getting to know local business owners is one of the best ways to get involved in and stay connected to our local community. Here at CO+HOOTS, I think this applies even more locally — source talent from within these walls and our community grows stronger through partnership, further enhancing the greater Phoenix community!

2. Volunteer time and talent. There are SO many ways to get involved through volunteering our time and talents. From walking dogs at the local animal shelter to reading to the elderly at a local retirement home to pro-bono work for a local nonprofit, one of my favorite ways to stay plugged into the community is to volunteer with locally-owned and operated nonprofits or with a local cause or event. Keeping it local keeps communities connected and going strong.

3. Donate your resources. With over a decade of nonprofit experience under my belt, I can’t help but encourage involvement through donation. But I prefer to encourage donation of resources over money simply because I think it keeps us more connected to the causes we’re supporting. Money will always be a valuable resource, but even more so is the awareness of the tangible goods and resources needed to keep our community thriving.

4. Be civically engaged. While I know it can be exhausting and sometimes overwhelming, staying connected to local news and politics is critical. At the very least, I think it’s important to know who our elected officials are, especially city councils and local governments. Often, it’s local legislation that can most greatly impact small businesses and social cause work.

5. Stay scared. As cliched as it sounds, there’s power and purpose in doing things that scare us. Find a local event, activity, meetup or local cause that intimidates you and go for it! Who knows where stretching past our comfort zone could lead?

Erin beyond the coworking space

Hometown:

I’m originally from Wheatland, WY, a small town about three hours north of Denver, CO. I’ve lived in Phoenix since November 2012.

Favorite thing about Arizona?

Local arts and culture! What made me fall in love with Phoenix, in particular, is that there’s always something going on, and it almost always involves the best local food, music, art, coffee and culture.

What are your own personal hopes and dreams?

I’m still figuring out what I want to be, and how I want to apply my experience, passions and talents. Without a doubt, I know I’m working toward being my own boss, but what that will look like I have yet to know. For now, I’m excited to be a part of others’ focused pursuits by way of support and encouragement as a part of the CO+HOOTS community. I have a feeling this will be a critical step in my journey, inspiring my own personal hopes and dreams.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?

People are often surprised to learn I was in a sorority in college. Actually, I’m still sometimes surprised by it. Delta, Delta, Delta, can I help ya, help ya, help ya?