Meet Our New Community Manager: Clark Rinehart

Meet Our New Community Manager: Clark Rinehart

Meet Clark Rinehart

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Here at Loading Dock Raleigh, we strive to do excellent work, support one another and do others good. We believe this happens best in the context of a diverse and supportive community. That's why we're excited to announce that we have a new Community Manager!

Clark was born and raised in Miami, FL. He went to the University of Miami and studied Industrial Engineering, then he moved to Durham to attend Duke Divinity School. After 7 years of being on staff at a local church, Clark is excited to join our Loading Dock Family. In his spare time he eats PB&J's like it's his job and spends time with his wife Laura and his 11 month old son Beau. 

Why did you choose Loading Dock Raleigh?

"I chose to take the job at LDR because of the incredible potential that I saw in the community of friends, colleagues and collaborators that are already in the space. It’s clear when you step into the space that people are doing excellent work, doing it together and actively working to make an impact in their respective industries. Stories inspire me and encourage me to do my best work, so hearing what people around LDR are passionate about is what I have loved most thus far."

What are you excited about for the future?

"I’m excited to see people and companies grow and thrive because of our community’s commitment to work together, have fun and positively affect our city. It’s easy for me to be excited about being on the LDR team because even before I took the job, I had already heard about and interacted with members who are key players in our city. In the future, I envision more and more people around our community’s collective “table” and being an even more integral hub for meaningful work in our region."

What does Doing Others Good mean to you?

"At a foundational level, “Doing Others Good” means cultivating relationships to me. This kind of work takes time, patience and considerable effort on all of our parts. But, the fruits of these strong relationships—through business or otherwise—are invaluable and hard to quantify. “Doing Others Good” can be as simple as checking in with another member when you know they’re going through a tough time personally or it could be a strategic business partnership. In my opinion, if we have breath in our lungs, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to do others good!"

Meet Our Members: Sir Walter Miler

Meet Our Members: Sir Walter Miler

Running With Sir Walter Miler

Here at Loading Dock Raleigh, we strive to do excellent work, support one another and do others good. We believe this happens best in the context of a diverse and supportive community. That's why we're excited to share our Meet Our Members blog series! Each week, we'll feature a member, business or non-profit who calls Loading Dock home and inspiring us through their creative work and mission. We hope you enjoy!

Next up, our friends who could teach us a thing or two about running. Sir Walter Miler began due to lack of stateside races for American Athletes. This annual event has become one of the most unique events that Raleigh has to offer, attracting athletes from all over the country. Sports Illustrated called the 2015 Sir Walter Miler the “best glimpse of future growth for American track.” What we love most about the Sir Walter Miler team is that they embody everything that Loading Dock stands for. They have pioneered a unique and fun event that seeks to bring the community of Raleigh together and succeeds in doing so.  Doing Others Good, they get local breweries involved and give away all sales of beer to a charity of their choosing. We love having such a unique team of passionate individuals as a part of the Loading Dock family!

The Run Down on Loading Dock

"We used to have our Sir Walter Miler team meetings at noisy, cluttered coffee shops around town. But when we joined the Loading Dock this summer and had access to the conference rooms, it created immediate credibility to our efforts and our team, which has grown from three people to seven, plus six interns. The atmosphere and aesthetics were perfect to build our team culture and initiate creative ideas. This year's event had the largest crowd to date, close to 5,000 people in attendance along with nine men running under the 4-minute mile barrier! We are excited to use the space at Loading Dock to continue to collaborate with partners to grow the influence of Sir Walter Miler and our vision for uniting Raleigh through the running community!" - Sandy Roberts & Pat Price

Run on over to Loading Dock and check out our friends, and members Sir Walter Miler! Learn more on Facebook, Instagram and their Website!

ExitEvent September Startup Social

ExitEvent September Startup Social

Get Social at The Dock

Loading Dock Raleigh is growing! Come check out the expansion, enjoy drinks by Social House Vodka and hang out with fellow entrepreneurs and investors at the ExitEvent September Startup Social.

The Startup Social is all about seeing old friends, meeting new ones and talking startup with other entrepreneurs, investors and students. A free token at the door gets you a beer or glass of wine. All we ask is that you RSVP and let us know you're coming.

Thanks to our friends at Wells Fargo and Robinson Bradshaw for sponsoring and the NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative and Entrepreneurship Clinic for providing the snacks.

**The ExitEvent Startup Social is an entrepreneur and investor-only anti-networking event with no agenda except what you want to get out of it. We rotate locations monthly in Durham, Raleigh, Cary, Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and sometimes elsewhere. No selling, no speeches, no nametags, no BS. But there are free drinks.

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Meet Our Members: Owen Jordan

Meet Our Members: Owen Jordan

Here at Loading Dock Raleigh, we strive to do excellent work, support one another and do others good. We believe this happens best in the context of a diverse and supportive community. That's why we're excited to share our Meet Our Members blog series! Each week, we'll feature a member, business or non-profit who calls Loading Dock home and inspiring us through their creative work and mission. We hope you enjoy!

Capturing Stories That Matter

Next up, the man, the myth, the legend. Our friend and Loading Dock member, Owen Jordan. Owen is a commercial, portrait and event photographer in Raleigh, NC. What we love most about Owen is that he uses photography to tell a better story, and Do Others Good.  The Triangle is a unique community where people of all walks of life come together and collide to create something beautiful. Owen captures that beauty through his All Our Joy Project, where he sits down with someone from the community and communicates their story through his creative strategy and photography skills. You've got to check it out, it's absolutely beautiful and inspiring! 

A Story Worth Telling

"I love Loading Dock Raleigh because they don't just say it's a community. You feel like you're part of the family at Dock 1053. It's truly a diverse community of different industries and people of different walks of life. I think LDR is a hidden gem that soon, after the expansion, won't be so hidden anymore."

Owen believes that everyone has a narrative worth telling.  Sit down with him and tell your story.

Reserve Your Loading Dock Raleigh Office Space Today!

Reserve Your Loading Dock Raleigh Office Space Today!

Join the Loading Dock Community

It's official. We've started construction on our two-story office suite expansion here at Loading Dock Raleigh! "The permits are in and plans are set. Loading Dock Raleigh will more than double in size in coming months, opening 15 additional office suites, more conference rooms, a classroom and a mini “commerce hub” for growing consumer product and e-commerce companies," Exit Event reports.

Looking for office space in Raleigh perfect for collaboration and networking? Want to be part of a creative, diverse and supportive community? Looking for awesome amenities like free parking, members-only events, outdoor covered patio and more? Loading Dock Raleigh is a workplace where we can work and flourish together unencumbered of the challenges of typical office space.

Early Bird Pricing Is Now Open

Loading Dock Raleigh's office suite expansion early bird pricing is now open to the public. Inquire below today. These office spaces will go FAST! Contact us today to reserve your spot!

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Meet Our Members: Redress Raleigh

Meet Our Members: Redress Raleigh

Fashion Forward: Redress Raleigh

Here at Loading Dock Raleigh, we strive to do excellent work, support one another and do others good. We believe this happens best in the context of a diverse and supportive community. That's why we're excited to share our Meet Our Members blog series! Each week, we'll feature a member, business or non-profit who calls Loading Dock home and inspiring us through their creative work and mission. We hope you enjoy!

Next up, our friends who are paving the way for change in the fashion and textile industry. Redress Raleigh is an Event Planning and Marketing Nonprofit that focuses on nurturing independent, sustainable designers. They host socials and networking events for our creative community and educate people on responsible, sustainable fashion design. We love Redress Raleigh because they highlight local companies that are Doing Others Good! 

Wearing Their Heart on Their Sleeve

"We love that Loading Dock focuses on companies who 'do good' - as a sustainability focused nonprofit we feel that the space and its fellow members share our values! From a practical perspective, we also love the large covered patio for working outside and the location works well for our volunteers." - Beth Cofounder & Executive Director

The 2017 Redress Raleigh Fashion show is this Friday!

It's Official. Building Materials Have Arrived!

It's Official. Building Materials Have Arrived!

We're Expanding!

It's official. Building materials arrived this morning and construction on our two-story expansion starts this weekend!!

"The permits are in and plans are set. Loading Dock Raleigh will more than double in size in coming months, opening 15 additional office suites, more conference rooms, a classroom and a mini “commerce hub” for growing consumer product and e-commerce companies," reports our friends at Exit Event. “We have a cool community of people who know packaging, know Amazon and who are working with the same retailers,” says community manager Carter Ellis. “We’re already sharing a lot of resources.”

Read more about how we're doubling in size: https://www.loadingdockraleigh.com/blog/2017/8/4/loading-dock-raleigh-is-expanding-coworking-space

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Meet Our Members: CurEat

Meet Our Members: CurEat

Curate. Create. Eat. 

Here at Loading Dock Raleigh, we strive to do excellent work, support one another and do others good. We believe this happens best in the context of a diverse and supportive community. That's why we're excited to share our Meet Our Members blog series! Each week, we'll feature a member, business or non-profit who calls Loading Dock home and inspiring us through their creative work and mission. We hope you enjoy!

Next up, our friends who know a thing or two about good food. CurEat is an App that is designed to help you find curated, independent restaurants and bars no matter where you are! We love CurEat because they tell you the good stuff and cut through the clutter.  With CurEat you won't find any negative endorsements or chain restaurants. Discover quality places to dine from CurEaters, bookmark the places that you love, and share your restaurant lists with you friends and family!

A Bite out of Loading Dock  

"Loading Dock is perfect for our start-up.  CurEat utilizes core staff plus works closely with several local companies from development to PR.  Loading Dock allows us the flexibility we need to work independently as well as come together as a larger group.  The addition of the great community enables us to create an energy that matches our start-up."

We love having CurEat as a part of the Loading Dock Family! Next time you pull up to the Dock make sure you come with an empty stomach! To learn more about our members, and friends CurEat, check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and on their Website .

We're Expanding!

We're Expanding!

Construction begins in August

The Loading Dock Raleigh family AND facility are expanding this Fall! We look forward to growing and offering a unique experience in both coworking and commerce. Big thanks to our friends at Exit Event for highlighting our vision in their recent article "Loading Dock Raleigh to Help Consumer Product Cos. Learn, Pack, Ship & Grow."

"The permits are in and plans are set. Loading Dock Raleigh will more than double in size in coming months, opening 15 additional office suites, more conference rooms, a classroom and a mini “commerce hub” for growing consumer product and e-commerce companies," reports our friends at Exit Event. “We have a cool community of people who know packaging, know Amazon and who are working with the same retailers,” says community manager Carter Ellis. “We’re already sharing a lot of resources.”

"The project begins with a two-story expansion in an old egg refrigerator adjacent the existing coworking area. There’s been demand for office suites since the space opened, Ellis says, counting 23 existing office suite members and 90 in coworking. Small offices and conference rooms will be available this fall, as well as the classroom for both tenants and outside rental."

Read the entire write up in Exit Event HERE

Meet Our Members: Good Dirt

Meet Our Members: Good Dirt

Good Dirt, Good People, Good Products.

Here at Loading Dock Raleigh, we strive to do excellent work, support one another and do others good. We believe this happens best in the context of a diverse and supportive community. That's why we're excited to share our Meet Our Members blog! Each week, we'll feature a member, business or non-profit who calls Loading Dock home and inspiring us through their creative work and mission. We hope you enjoy!

Next up, our good friends who aren't afraid to get their hands in the dirt. Good Dirt is a Locally Made Gardening Company that strives to create quality products that are simple, successful and sustainable. They cultivate more than just community here at the Loading Dock. Good Dirt uses Bogbits which are comprised of partially petrified peat from North American peat bogs. In years past, this by-product of peat moss harvest would have simply been discarded. Good Dirt reuses these bits to create their Soil Conditioner and Potting Mix. What we love most about them is that they are committed to Doing Good for the planet! 

The Dirt On Loading Dock

“We looked at a lot of spaces to work before deciding on the Loading Dock Raleigh. Once we stepped into the space, we needed to look no further. The staff and owners are friendly, resourceful and so collaborative. As a brand, we thrive on exchanging ideas with others and utilizing available local resources to “do good work.” Their authenticity in their mission to provide independent companies and startups with a stepping stone for growth is unique and gratifying. There is always something going on and we exchange good, positive energy among other professionals on the growth track. The facility is impeccable, modern and ideal for those who want to be in a dynamic work environment with other professionals and creative minds. And we love the ability to bring customers to the conference room for meetings. All our partners and clients are impressed with the ambience and professionalism in this working space.," says Good Dirt's Suzy Newsom. 

Next time you're at The Dock, get your hands dirty with our friends at Good Dirt. For more, check them out on Facebook, Instagram and their website www.good-dirt.com

Meet Our Members: Chair 8 Media

Meet Our Members: Chair 8 Media

Hop on the Lift with Chair 8

Here at Loading Dock Raleigh, we strive to do excellent work, support one another and do others good. We believe this happens best in the context of a diverse and supportive community. That's why we're excited to share our first Meet Our Members blog series! Each week, we'll feature a member, business or non-profit who calls Loading Dock home and inspiring us through their creative work and mission. We hope you enjoy!

First up, our good friends with a knack for all things digital. Chair 8 Media is a boutique digital marketing team that does anything and everything from Web Design, Logo Design, Video ProductionSocial Media Management, Paid Advertising and much more. They've been founding members of Loading Dock since the doors opened in 2016! 

They're passionate about building powerful marketing campaigns that sell an experience, tell a story and connect on a deeper level. They take each project as a new adventure and an opportunity to ignite those passions that help shape a brand. What we love most about them is that the relationships they foster are just as powerful as the brands they help create!

"Being part of the Loading Dock community has been an invaluable experience both in growing our business and connecting with other like-minded and creative members. We're excited to witness this family grow and see where Loading Dock will take us in the future!" says Chair 8 Media's Cameron Barker. When Chair 8 Media's not around The Dock, they're staying busy telling stories with their cameras, supporting Tammy Lynn Center and living by one of our favorite mottos: Enjoy Life Outdoors!

Grab a chair and sit down with the Chair 8 Media crew next time you're at The Dock -- they've got some awesome stories to tell! For more, check them out on Facebook, Instagram and visit: www.Chair8Media.com

SkillPop Raleigh

SkillPop Raleigh

Once or twice a week, Loading Dock Raleigh hosts SkillPop Raleigh!  This is an exciting business that does a little bit of everything, ranging from painting watercolor succulents, to fresh pasta making, and learning the basics of Adobe Illustrator. They hire teachers and make the classes fun and accessible to anyone!   

Recognizing the importance of community involvement, SkillPop holds their pop-up classes in a range of unique locations, some of which are held right here at Loading Dock.  Local experts teach the classes and leave you with the right tools and information so you can begin to pursue whatever it is you may be interested in, whether it be hand lettering basics, or marketing for a small business. Not only do you leave the class with a new skill, but also new connections!  The class sizes are small and engaging, and a great way to meet new people.

    With dozens of classes to choose from, all in interesting locations, SkillPop is a great way to learn a new skill in a comfortable environment.

    If you’d like to learn more about SkillPop, or sign up for one of their classes, you can visit their website here.

Brunch Bill Signed Into Law

Brunch Bill Signed Into Law

Last week, the NC General Assembly passed SB155 “ABC Omnibus Legislation”, widely known as “The Brunch Bill”, and the bill was just signed by Gov. Roy Cooper, putting the bill into effect. Loading Dock Raleigh members, North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, had been working tirelessly since before legislation began in January to make sure that craft brewers in North Carolina were represented in the current session, and this bill proves that their hard work paid off!

            SB155 will improve the North Carolina brewing industry in a number of ways, including the sale of alcohol on Sundays before 10 a.m., sale of crowlers, allowance of home brewers of both beer and wine to allow tastings at home brewing events, and many other great advances for the craft brewing community.

            Congratulations to the NC Craft Brewers Guild on playing a huge roll in getting this bill passed. The Loading Dock team can’t wait to see the great work you will continue to do for the craft brewing community across North Carolina!

            Read the complete text of the final legislation here.

Locally Made Market at Dock 1053

Locally Made Market at Dock 1053

Friday, July 14th from 5-8pm

Join us for our first evening summer market! We will have over 25 of the most talented and unique local artisans onsite selling their hand made items. Locally Made Market focuses on showcasing high quality, diverse and unique local artisans.

We are super excited for our first summer market this Friday, July 14th at Dock 1053! The market runs 5-8pm and will showcase over 25 of the most talented local artisans. Pinetop Distillery will be offering complementary tours and tastings of their Carolina Moonshine and newly released Carolina Gin until 8pm. We also have a great giveaway from contemporary artist @susiesilverart! The first 5 shoppers to check in at our table at 7:30pm with a proof of purchase from one of our vendors (show us the goods :) will receive a signed and matted original mini painting! 

For more info, visit Locally Made Market's Facebook Event.

Vendors include :: 

An Orijinal Look
Uncaged Artistry
Sarah West Designs
Tiffany Price Coley
Feather & Stone
Prim Design
The Salvage Sign
The White Sparrow NC
Todd Crouse Pottery
Catbird Pottery by Jet Schmidt
Wicks for Wags
Southern Elegance Candle Company
Buchanan Letterpress & Design
ParMar Media
Rachel Loftis Art
Keechii Bags
Undiscovered Optimist
Loandbe Hold Naturls
Oak City Soap Co.
Bolla Fresca Soap
Pamut Apparel
Geekchicfashion
Lillie + Ruth
House As Field
CompostNow
ClothUnion
Western Dragon Teas & Tisanes

Redress Raleigh to Hold Annual Fashion Show August 18th

Redress Raleigh to Hold Annual Fashion Show August 18th

            Fashion often comes at a cost that goes beyond the monetary value of the clothes.  The negative environmental and ethical impacts of the design world can often leave a dark mark on the industry. Loading Dock member Redress Raleigh is an organization that hopes to help spark a change in the fashion world that could lead to more sustainable and ethical fashion choices in the future.

             Redress Raleigh is “working toward our mission of nurturing independent designers and educating people about the impact of their purchasing decisions through a variety of activities”, some of which include events such as film screenings, cocktails, and their annual fashion show. All of these events emphasize local companies who focus on home goods, beauty products, or clothing that are both chic and well designed, but also have both a positive ethical and environmental focus.

            On August 18th, Redress Raleigh will be hosting their annual fashion show at CAM Raleigh. The show will feature eight designers, and spotlight “conscious and responsibly-produced fashion in the Southeast.” It is an event that is open to the public, and you can purchase tickets, or learn more about this incredible event by visiting the Redress Raleigh website.

             We cannot wait to see some of the amazing and resourceful designs that will come out of this show, as well as the positive impacts Redress Raleigh will make on the design world, both locally and globally!

Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation Welcomes 2017 Summer Fellows

Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation Welcomes 2017 Summer Fellows

Loading Dock Member, Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, welcomed nine fellows this May for their annual summer Fellowship, doubling number of fellows from years past. Nine talented women will work in two teams to help spark change in the North Carolina Community.

The first team will focus on food systems in North Carolina. The fellows partnered with organizations such as Raleigh City FarmsCenter for Environmental Farming SystemsInter-Faith Food ShuttleBlue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, and Merritt's Chapel United Methodist Church.

            The other team will work with organizations that are involved with early childhood, including North Carolina Network of GrantmakersPrevent Childhood Abuse North CarolinaEducation NC, and Durham's Partnership for Children.

            We cannot wait to see what all these nine fellows accomplish this summer and beyond, and we are so excited to be able to see how all the hard work they have put in to making North Carolina a better place pays off!

To learn more about Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, as well as their Fellowship program and upcoming events, you can visit their website at https://www.jamiekirkhahnfoundation.org/.

Special thanks to Tiffany Turner and Kelli Raker for their help on this post.