It’s true. Working alone sometimes stinks. Therefore…

The Spur: Working alone stinks. Let's work together. The Spur: Working alone stinks. Let's work together. Grand Opening: The Spur Jack Hoschouer, Arlen Malecha, Megan Tsui, Mary Schmelzer
The Spur, the Northfield Enterprise Center‘s new coworking and incubator/accelerator facility in downtown Northfield, had its grand opening last Thursday. Among the attending dignitaries (right photo above on the Spur’s back deck): Jack Hoschouer, Arlen Malecha, Megan Tsui, Mary Schmelzer.

The Spur’s sidewalk sandwich board proclaims:

Working alone stinks. Let’s work together.

 Megan Tsui, Shafi Shahriar Megan Tsui, Shafi Shahriar raffle winner
NEC Executive Director Megan Tsui and intern Shafi Shahriar picked the raffle ticket for the Kindle Fire, donated by Community Resource Bank. The winner: Carla Hansen.

Tami Enfield of Brand Yourself Consulting, presenting at the SpurSummer of Social Learning - FacebookTami Enfield of Brand Yourself Consulting, presenting at the Spur

Earlier in the day in the Spur’s conference room,Tami Enfield of Brand Yourself Consulting, hosted a free Lunch ‘n Learn session on ‘Facebook for Business,’ part of the ‘Summer of Social Media’ series sponsored by the NEC and the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce.


  1. I think SPUR will be a great facility for those people who are working from home full or part time or traveling to town. It can also be used for meetings, which can help businesses and groups in the community find space. It will be fun to watch it evolve.

    July 30, 2012
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    Mary, I used a guest pass (one of the neato privileges of being a member) to entice three mobile app software developers into trying out the Spur on Friday afternoon. They loved it and since one of the three is a Northfielder, it’s likely they’ll be regulars.

    August 6, 2012
  3. Griff Wigley said:

    In today’s Strib – SPUR: A business percolator in Northfield: “Northfield entrepreneurs used to camping out in coffeehouses have a new cooperative workplace where they can operate and learn from each other.”

    August 8, 2012
  4. Megan Tsui said:

    I think the reporter did a great job of capturing not just the “What is Spur” but the “Why is it important to Northfield’s economic development.” Thanks, Griff, for your contributions to the article!

    Also, big thanks to Mary Schmelzer and Jack Hoschauer for their comments.

    August 8, 2012
  5. Griff Wigley said:

    Thanks for that link, Tami. I love Amelia’s reason #1:

    High ceilings. You know that claustrophobic, “cupboard under the stairs” feeling you get in your dungeon office at home? That won’t be the case here: SPUR has tall, story-and-half ceilings. We like to think the extra headroom will help your imagination (and business) soar.

    September 19, 2012

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