Though many of our mentors make their living as professional consultants, they choose to donate their time to give back to the Gangplank community. Many startups and small companies can refer to the help of one of our fantastic mentors as a game changing moment in their business. We are incredibly grateful for their contribution and want to show them how much their donated time and services means to us.
If you’ve found the advice of our mentors useful in your business, please thank them by:
As we said, many of our mentors do this for a living. Give them a shout out they can add to their public LinkedIn profile. Click the links below for the respective mentor’s profile:
We’ve all had the thrill of freelancer-client relationships that succeeded…and the agony that ensues when things don’t click. The 4th annual Freelance Forecast survey (which you can take here), digs into the details of the good, bad and ugly. One version of the survey is for freelancers, the other is for clients–and you’re welcome to take both if you subcontract to other freelancers, or are a client who moonlights on the side.
Some of the Freelance Forecast results have remained quite consistent from year to year: For example, word of mouth and referrals are the key to new business relationships, both for freelancers and clients. Freelancers’ major challenges come from uncertainty, low- or slow-paying clients, and unrealistic expectations…while client-siders don’t always get the quality of work, reliability, or communications that are essential to getting the job done. Alas, no surprises there!
Ultimately, the positive message is this: The vast majority of the issues that arise really are under the control of freelancers or clients, in their behaviors and business practices. Not every freelancer-client relationship is going to work. But by taking into consideration the needs and motivations of the opposite party, you can gain insights on increasing your odds. Freelance Forecast is designed to help you do that.
This year’s survey closes Feb. 15–thanks in advance to all the Gangplank creatives and clients who take a moment to participate in this year’s survey. And keep an eye out for the results in the coming weeks!
Want to help a great local organization feed those in need?
The Chandler Christian Community Center is running low on cereal donations. If we all pitch in by grabbing an extra box while shopping or bringing in an extra box from the pantry, we can help give back to this wonderful community. Please spread the word to help CCCC provide for the families in your community.
Let’s help the CCCC have a surplus of cereal!
The drive starts Monday January 23rd and runs through February 3rd. Just deposit a box of cereal in the boxes at Gangplank Chandler (260 S Arizona Ave).
Arizona PIRG has been telling ADOT what they need to consider while studying passenger rail, such as putting the rail line along the route with the highest ridership potential and building stations in places where passengers have good access to public transit. Now it’s your turn to give ADOT your opinion.
By 2050, the drive between Phoenix and Tucson is expected to take more than five hours, even if we expand the I-10 to five lanes the entire way. As Arizona continues to grow, our infrastructure needs will continue to expand as well.
Tell ADOT today how important it is for Arizona to have passenger rail and what you think it should look like—just a few quick sentences is fine if you’re strapped for time.
Bots High is an exciting documentary following the adventures of three high school robotics teams battling for first place at the national robotics competition in Miami, Florida. It’s a no-holds-barred fight to the death with robot carnage everywhere you look.
The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is hosting this free screening as a part of the world wide screening event on Thursday, October 6th at 6:30pm. The screening is at MADCAP Theaters, located in Downtown Tempe. Be sure to reserve your free tickets!
One of the reasons Gangplank moved to downtown Chandler was the city’s commitment to improving walkability with an emphasis on building up. The approval of the widening of Arizona Avenue for pedestrians was critical in our decision to move. The International Downtown Association (IDA) is giving Chandler an award for public space improvement enhancing urban design, physical function and economic viability. It is great to see the IDA agrees Chandler is making a move in the right direction.
“Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry,” said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “The South Arizona Avenue Improvements are a shining example of excellent downtown management that delivers real results.”
The Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association selected this project as “Project of the Year” and it is a finalist in the Valley Forward Association’s Environmental Excellence Awards. The project received the Build Arizona Award from the Arizona Chapter of the Associated General Contractors for municipal/utilities construction projects costing under $10 million (awarded in February) and the General Design Award from the Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (awarded in March).
If you are already a part of the Gangplank Jr First Lego League, we will be unveiling this season’s mat and challenges. From 10am-12pm on Saturday, we will assemble the boards for this year and discuss the various tactics we can use to achieve the missions. There will also be a Sumo bot challenge (2-4pm), a large master building session with Building Bonanza and a free robotics build to handle various challenges (12-2pm).
Sunday will start off with First Lego League information for this year’s challenges and a chasis build competition, followed by another master build session from the guys at Building Bonanza.
As if all of that wasn’t enough to excite you, a full size replica of a Harley Davidson will be built from Legos by certified Lego artist Nathan Sawaya over the course of the two days. Don’t miss out on the family fun at this great event.