Hub101 wins 2018 Coworker Members’ Choice Award for coworking spaces

By Riley Waller  

Westlake Village, CA (Monday 16 April 2018) Hub101  today announced it has been recognized as winner of the 2018 Coworker Members’ Choice Award for Westlake Village, CA Members’ Choice award winners were determined based on the thousands of reviews, votes and opinions collected in a single year from coworking space members worldwide.

“I’m very excited and honored to accept the Coworker Members’ Choice Award on behalf of Hub101. The community of people here at the Hub101 really make it a great and supportive place to cowork. It’s amazing to see the kind of impact our workspace has had in the region”, said Greg Monterrosa, community manager of Hub101.

“Coworker is excited to announce the winners of the 2018 Members’ Choice Awards and celebrate the coworking spaces around the world that are making an impact in their community”, said Leanne Beesley, CEO of Coworker. “By putting a spotlight on coworking spaces that are providing a great environment and creating a community for their members, Coworker gives coworking spaces both large and small the ability to shine and attract new members.”


About Hub101

Operated by Cal Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers a space for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow, and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers.

About Coworker

Coworker, the member-powered platform for the global coworking community, enables people to find & connect with their perfect coworking space wherever they are in the world.

5 Tips for Students Launching Their Own Business

As a young entrepreneur and student, getting the ball rolling on your big project can sometimes seem like the hardest part, especially while still in school. Hub101 asked Richard Poutier, owner and operator of an app developing company, and John Ikudaisi & Alexis Schomer, founders of 360 Corporate Wellness, for advice on how to start creating your own business.

Here are five tips on how to launch your own business while still in school.

1. Plan

It’s very important to plan out entirely what your goals are and the steps you’re going to take to achieve them. Start with flushing out all of your ideas and find the ones that make sense to start making a business plan you can refer to and stick to.

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” - John Wooden

2. Think Long Term

It’s easy to take the first job you are offered straight out of school, but if you have a big dream of establishing your own business, sometimes the big job offer doesn’t work out with that plan. You could be stuck at a company for years without making any progress on your personal business plan. If it means freelancing your skills and working with a small set of clients for a few years while you get your bearings, so be it. That being said, nothing happens overnight, so take your time on creating your masterpiece.


3. Surround Yourself With People Who Have Similar Goals

If you’re working toward a certain goal, it would only make sense that you work in a productive, progressive environment. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people who have similar goals to you, whether it’s entrepreneurial goals or academic ones. It makes it so much easier to continue to progress and grow as an individual, or as a business, when everyone around you is doing the same.

4. Learn How to Say No

Whether it’s a party on Saturday night, or just simply hanging out with friends, saying no can result in more time for you to work on your plan. Social lives aren’t the only distractions you may come across. More often than not, you’ll have to learn how to say no to some business opportunities or say no to new clients. Don’t spread yourself too thin, take it slow.

5. Just Start

If you’re on the fence on how to begin, the best advice from our young entrepreneurs at Hub101 is that the best and only way to start, is to just start. Start planning anything and everything even though it might be messy at first, but getting down the foundation is the most important part. The more you work at it, the more progress you will make.


Operated by California Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, community and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers. #StartSomething 


Looking back, the 4 reasons I’ve called Hub101 “Home” by Evan Brandt

By Evan Brandt Cal Lutheran University, 2018 

I’m proud to say that the early steps towards launching myself and my startup began here, at Hub101: at home. As I enter the last semester of my undergraduate career, I can name 4 aspects that make Hub101 feel like a second home.

1.    Guidance

 “Mom, I’m in college. I don’t need advice anymore.”

We’re in college, so we don’t need any guidance, anymore right? Wrong. College is a time of uncertainty. New place, strangers, away from everything you are familiar with. IT’S OKAY! College is meant to be a time of figuring things out. Not sure what you should work on? No idea where to begin? I was the same, and Hub101 helped. I stumbled upon the space when my good friend dragged me to one of the speaker series events. I had no idea why I’d come there or how to introduce what I was working on.  Nonetheless, I was warmly greeted by Greg Monterrosa and many other welcoming faces. He challenged me to hang out and find out what other people were working on. The plethora of awesome ideas and passions I heard about back then still stick with me today. No one seemed to have THE answer for me, but everyone had A answer, and it usually started with “Try this…”. It’s okay to not know; what’s important is to just START. Take that first step, and the experienced mentors at Hub101 will help guide the way.

2.    Freedom

“Is there a Waze for that?”

Yeah, a little guidance is cool, but this is college, why are you telling me what to do? You’re finally in a place to make some major decisions all on your own, so take advantage of it. Again, this is the stage of figuring things out. That requires a bit of exploring. Well-defined instructions don’t fit here. What’s cool about a coworking space is you could be sitting next to two people: one of which is working on a new education platform for elementary schools and the other is creating a complex robotic system. You’re free to wander! Nothing gives you permission quite like being surrounded by free thinkers from drastically different walks of life. So go ahead, try something new, ask for opinions, and come grab a seat next to the robotics guy.

3.    Support

“Been there, done that”

But how do I do it? Exploring can be scary, that’s why we’d watch documentaries on it, right? There’s a first time for everything, but there’s also a second. The cool thing about the second go-around is avoiding those pitfalls you fell in on the first. Luckily, Hub101 is full of “seconders.” Having done something and failed makes saying “It’s okay, I understand” so much sweeter. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and try mapping out those pesky pot holes.

4.    Food

“Not Ramen again…”

When you think of being crazy hungry you might think of “Munchies” or “Drunchies,” but I usually look in the fridge and see leftover StoneHaus with a floating halo above it when I’m pulling an all-nighter at Hub101. Home wouldn’t be home without some grub. Grab a plate, pull up a seat, and let’s talk about that next big move.

Evan Brandt is the founder of FamWe, an app that helps families with goals and tasks. He is also the President of the Cal Lutheran University, Entrepreneurship Club and is a Doer at Hub101. 


Operated by California Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, community and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers. #StartSomething