WHAT IS THE GIG?
theGIG is a coworking space and entrepreneurial center located on Main Street in Exmore, a town on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, about 60miles north of Norfolk, VA and 70miles south of Salisbury, MD. theGIG has counter workspace, communal tables, lounge space, private desks (first come first serve) and a meeting room available for hourly rentals. The atmosphere is designed to inspire both collaborative work and focused productivity. We offer self-employed, small business owners and entrepreneurs of the Eastern Shore a place network, brainstorm, and work, while drinking as much coffee as needed to do so.
We seek to cultivate a community of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, small business owners, freelancers, remote workers, makers and artisans, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia by creating a space to serve them. We believe that creating a culture of enterprise by developing community awareness around Shore entrepreneurs will lead to a growing, dynamic, and resilient Shore economy. We believe that an inspiring gathering place allows these individuals to connect, share new ideas and technologies, and receive guidance to move forward. A place to Gather, Innovate, and Grow.
This mission has been years in the making. A way to encourage those on the Shore who wish to pursue a dream that entails a business enterprise, to educate them on how to refine that dream into a plan, and to offer them a network to other parties that can impart advice, support, and potentially funding. Read more on the expertise of our Founders and Board below.
WHO SHOULD JOIN?
As self-employed business owners, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote individuals we work alone quite often. While the independence is a positive if can feel isolating at times. We also sometimes lack the amenities we might need to be successful, from high speed internet, quality printers and scanners and a professional setting for a meeting. The right workspace is hard to find… lack of coffee shops, hotels and needing a break from our own home offices can get frustrating. Come join us and collide with like-minded people like you!
HOW DOES MEMBERSHIP WORK?
TheGIG offers monthly membership subscriptions as well as daily passes. Monthly member can come and go in the space as often as they like 24/7 and have access to the printers, high speed internet, first come first serve desks (‘hotdesks’), coffee, and communal areas whenever they need them. Their membership also comes with credits to the meeting room. We also have day passes for people visiting the area in need of a space to work. In addition, the Gig has two spaces that can be rented out by members as well as non-members. Our private office can be rented daily or weekly. Our Large Meeting Room can be rented hourly, as well as for an entire day or event upon special request. For more information check out our Plans and Pricing page.
theGIG brings together a team and board with a wide range of experiences, industries and expertise. They are working towards the success of theGIG, as well as plan to make themselves available to offer members assistance with the many issues that come with starting a business.
Ronald (Ron) F. Matthews, Jr., CPA, MBA (Matthews) is the Founder and CEO of MedCatalyst, LLC, RevolutionMD, LLC and Matthews and Company, CPAs. He works closely with entrepreneurs to grow and sustain businesses. He has extensive experience working with teams managing emerging and growing healthcare organizations in public, private and private equity environments. He is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and small businesses to maintain their independence by bringing the latest processes and technology to leverage down costs and improve efficiencies through the effective use of data. Additionally, he is focused on local and regional businesses to sustainably build our economy to provide opportunities for all.
Over a 35 year career, Matthews spent three years in public accounting and then held various positions in finance, operations, revenue cycle and corporate development in a number of healthcare organizations, including TeamHealth, Inc., Coastal Physician Group, Premier, Inc., Complete Management, Inc. and Envision Healthcare Holdings. Additionally, he is one of the founders of Shore Growth Ventures, LLC and Creek Mountain Partners, Inc., which are both local venture capital funds providing capital to new ideas and innovative technologies and processes.
He is a CPA (Commonwealth of Virginia) and has served as a board member and on the executive committee of the Emergency Department Practice Management Association or EDPMA. He is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Healthcare Financial Management Association. Matthews also is a member of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Bay Creek Resort and Club, Exmore Rotary Club, Ballyhack Golf Club, Eastern Shore of Virginia Library Foundation, and Accomack Northampton Planning District Commission Economic Development Committee.
Matthews received a BA in Accounting from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He and his wife Tammy reside in Melfa, Virginia and have two children and five grandchildren. They returned “home” to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, where each of their families first arrived in the early 1600s, to raise their family and enjoy what makes the Eastern Shore one of the most beautiful places on Earth.