K'é is a space to support the growth, development and capacity building of small businesses. It is located at 126 West Main Street in downtown Mesa, Arizona. It is founded by author and small business coach Pamela Slim.
K'é (pronounced "keh") is a Diné (Navajo) word, meaning "system of kinship." It is the feeling you have when you are deeply connected to others, and understand and value your roots.
Pam chose the name K'é as a reflection of her husband and children's culture, and as a reinforcement of her personal value of treating all community members as extended family.
The mission of K'é is to develop the skills, strengths, visibility and leadership capacity of small business owners in Mesa, and the broader Phoenix small business community.
Pam will also continue to serve her large small business community around the world, through virtual classes, digital products and live streamed events at K'é.
Downtown Mesa is undergoing tremendous positive change. There is a large and vibrant small business community, and loads of creative talent in the city. The first phase of the Light Rail project is now complete. There are plans underway for ArtLofts Mesa, and an ASU campus in 2017.
But unlike many of our sister cities like Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix and Tempe, we do not have the support, investment and mentoring required to maximize the potential of our small business community. By creating a space right in the heart of downtown, we can invite the best local and national experts, as well as cultivate our Mesa expert community.
Mesa is just getting warmed up. :)
The Open House for K'é is Saturday, August 13, from 3-6pm. Please RSVP at this link:
Regular events and classes will start on September 1, 2016.
Pam is so excited to meet you and show you the new space!
Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker and small business coach. She is celebrating her 20th year in business in 2016.
A former Director of Training and Development at Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco, she spent the first 9 years of her business as a consultant to large companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab and Cisco Systems, where she worked with thousands of executives, managers and employees.
In the last 11 years, she worked hands-on with hundreds of people to start and grow successful businesses. She built a powerful online presence at Escape from Cubicle Nation, a site designed for corporate employees who wanted to make the shift to entrepreneur. At Escape, Pam developed and taught business building courses for tens of thousands of entrepreneurs.
Pam's first book Escape from Cubicle Nation (Penguin/Portfolio) won Best Small Business/Entrepreneur Book of 2009 from 800 CEO Read. Her second book Body of Work (Penguin/Portfolio) came out in 2014.
Pam has lived in East Mesa for 14 years. She will never leave.
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No, K'é is not structured to be a traditional coworking space. There will be lots of opportunities to attend community gatherings, business jam sessions and free classes, but the purpose of K'é is to provide education and support to the small business community. There is an initiative already underway to open a coworking space in Mesa -- check it out here: http://coworkmesa.org/
We are furiously working on a brand new website for K'é with a calendar of classes and events. It will launch at the end of July. In the meantime, you can find us at http://pamelaslim.com, and the contact numbers below: