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What is a Community Manager?

The Community Manager is a big part of what sets coworking spaces apart from traditional office space, but it’s not always clear to people what Community Managers do. Short answer: they do it all.  Hi, I’m Alice, the Community Manager at our Surge South Tacoma location, and here is a little insight into why our …

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Member Spotlight: Gary Burkhart, Craft Beer Source

Tell us about your business! We are Craft Beer Source. We represent local breweries in a sales capacity. We have a passion for beer and educating people on our industry and what we have to offer. It was the frustration of others controlling our destiny and not allowing us the creativity and freedom to bring beer out …

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Surge Coworking Speaker Series

Surge Coworking Speaker Series is an educational speaker series + networking opportunity for the Tacoma small business community. Every month we will have a free event featuring talks by local people in business on meaningful topics for folks who are starting or growing their business. Each event will have 15 minutes of pre-presentation networking, then …

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South Tacoma Points of Interest

We have started putting together a map of all the local restaurants and shops in South Tacoma, Lakewood and the surrounding area to inspire our Surge South Tacoma members to try new places! Check out the map here and if you have any suggestions for places to add, let us know! Post updated 2/5/2020. Please …

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Member Spotlight: Tim Jaasko-Fisher, TJF Consulting LLC

TJF Consulting, LLC provides expert facilitation, training, and mentoring to help people and organizations thrive in complexity. My work ranges from doing short presentations and individual executive coaching to designing large scale strategic planning and change initiatives on the national level. Currently, I am working on a wide range of issues, such as preventing and improving …

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Member Spotlight: Donna Thompson

Tell us about yourself! I help small businesses and nonprofit organizations share their stories with the world. My projects are tailored to specific needs and include creative services like marketing campaigns, brochures and catalogs, print and electronic newsletters, WordPress websites, writing and editing, communications training, social media and graphics of all kinds. Throughout my career …

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Member Spotlight: Stacey Romero

Stacey Romero owns Words Para Todos and is a fluent Spanish/English interpreter and translator. Her journey into the field is interesting! Like many of us, I work in a couple of different fields, and over the course of my life, several different fields. For the purposes of a coherent spotlight, I’m focusing on the one …

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Member Spotlight: Purple Cow Publishing

I am Catherine L. Grider, the creator of the Yum and Yam books and Purple Cow Publishing. I’ve taught hundreds of beginning readers for the last 29 years in either Kindergarten or Junior Kindergarten in both the public and independent settings. For years I’d searched for a phonics series of only emergent books for my …

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Member Spotlight: Seasoned Innovations LLC

Richard Moore builds websites and custom web apps. After years as a consultant, he’s ready to build his own business where he can help other businesses to make informed and smart decisions to grow their business and cut costs. Tell us about your business! My company name is Seasoned Innovations LLC. We build and maintain …

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Member Spotlight: Bobby Higginbotham

Bobby Higginbotham has been a member of SURGE since 2016, and we love having him as a part of our community. Read on to learn about his journey as a pastor and his message of love. What do you do and why do you do it? I am a pastor. With a small group of …

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"Initially, I came to SURGE to get away from my wife’s three cats. After the 15th time they ran across my keyboard and messed up a piece of content I was working on, I knew it was time for my own space. Coffee shops were an option, but I got tired of drinking a gallon of coffee every day and I didn’t like leaving my laptop unattended when I had to use the bathroom (it was so much coffee). I saw an ad for SURGE and called them up for a tour. The Community Manager showed me around, and I signed up right away. For the price, the amenities you get at SURGE are the best deal in Tacoma. My revenue has grown 10x since I joined in February 2016, a large part of that due to the professional atmosphere, the location, and the support they offer. If you want to take your business to the next level, SURGE has the tools to help you do it. When you take your tour, stop by and say ‘Hi!"



"I have been a SURGE member since early 2016. Having a nice workspace, outside of my home is essential for me. Having a community of people to connect with professionally and personally makes it an enjoyable place to be. I recommend SURGE Tacoma to anyone looking for coworking in the area."

Krystina Jarvis

Owner, A Drop in the Ocean

"SURGE has been incredible. I honestly initially chose it because I needed a mailing address for my business, but now, the value I get out of being a member is worth every penny. As a Cafe member, I love the flexibility with where I work. My current favorite spot overlooks the city, and as the sun sets on Mt. Rainier–there’s just no better way to end a work day. I also love knowing that as my business grows, my membership can grow with me into a dedicated desk or office. The monthly member events are great for meeting new people and seeing the diversity of businesses in the space. I would recommend SURGE to anyone currently based out of their home who needs a place to get work done besides their couch - entrepreneurs, students, authors, artists, anyone. Although working in sweatpants at home is nice on occasion, I’ve found that my productivity is boosted significantly when I’m at SURGE."

Terrilski Davis

Owner, Platoon 720 Credit and Business Formations

"I chose SURGE after discovering its existence online while searching for office space outside of my home. I needed not just an office building, or coworking space, but a community. Hands down SURGE provides that community for business owners in any industry to come and feel welcomed in an environment that’s conducive for growth without threat of competition, but collaboration and genuine networks. I would totally recommend it for any startup business that needs to expand not just their company but their productivity with peace of mind."

Jayson Owens

Financial Advisor with Bright Road Wealth Management

"I chose Surge because my previous 'executive office' management company was literally the worst! Stuffy and unworkable. I called Surge on Friday afternoon at 4:30pm looking for conference space after finding out that my previous company had canceled my bookings for the next week! They were able to get me signed up and saved all those meetings!

Since the beginning the staff has been so helpful and flexible. I work a lot of evenings and weekends and having access to the building has made my business possible! I love the energy here and the opportunity for spontaneous conversation in the kitchen."

"I've been working at SURGE Tacoma for a little over 2 years now and love it! I enjoy showing up every day to get things done and grow my business!"

"I just wanted to reach out and thank you for setting up SURGE. Being at SURGE helped me build confidence and work in an efficient space and I do not think I would have grown as much as I have in the last year and a half it was not for being here."

"​For me, coming to SURGE is my getaway. I can’t imagine being secluded at home and trying to work with the kids. All moms that work at home should try it–even just once a week 😊"


"I loved my time at SURGE and look forward to reconnecting with you again! Thank you so much for the time I spent there and for having such a great environment to work in!"

Will Manzanares

Owner, Will Talks Biz

"I chose SURGE because it was local and central. You guys were nicer than some of the other places–personality wise–and when I saw the prices in Seattle, I was like, that is ridiculous. The price is right for what I am trying to do. I also thought, wouldn’t my skill set help most of the start-ups here? I have been so used to doing things out of my house, this helps separate home from work. I wanted to experience a coworking space, and it is better than a coffee shop. I also chose it because you are more flexible than other spaces. Coworking spaces are for those who need to be driven by going to a work place, and they can’t separate their home life and their work life."