MOUNT PLEASANT (WWJ) — The holidays can be a slow time for companies, and the lack of business can be a break for some. But the Central Michigan University Research Corp. and its CoWork space points out that entrepreneurs probably struggle with taking time off. So for the entrepreneur crowd, here are a few tips to make your holiday as guilt- and stress-free as possible.

* Work on your big vision during downtime. Take advantage of the time away from mundane daily tasks, and work on strategizing your big vision. If you will be spending time with friends and family you don’t see very often, take the opportunity to share your business ideas and gain valuable insight. Reflect on where you and your business have been over the year and where you want to go. Think about what worked and what didn’t. Are you still following your passion? How can you continue to offer a better, faster, stronger product or service? Are you on a successful and profitable path?

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* Friends and family have talents too. Most entrepreneurs realize connections and networking is important, but may not realize how crucial it is to their success. Take the holiday season to talk off the record with your attorney uncle or graphic designer cousin. “The holidays are a great time for entrepreneurs to work on customer development,” said Erin O’Brien, president and CEO of CMURC. “Friends and family will give you honest opinions and feedback on your business venture.”

* Use your time to get organized. Individuals must balance their time over the holidays between work, friends and family commitments. The more organized you are the less stressed you will be and the more fun you will have. That can be difficult in a crowded house, but in mid-MIchigan there’s a new option — a work space with all the amenities like WiFi, printers, copiers, smart boards, white boards, conference rooms, like-minded people looking to collaborate — and no crying babies in the room. That’s the CMURC CoWork space. CMURC CoWork offers three levels of membership opportunities to meet the needs of each individual. To reserve space, visit

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Anthony Lazzaro, a serial entrepreneur and founder of a new startup company, plans on working around the clock over the holiday break at the new CoWorking space at CMURC.

“I look forward to making huge progress over the holidays,” Lazzaro said. “It’s great because CMURC is available to our team 24-7.”

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CMURC is a nonprofit business incubator focused on advancing economic development in the community through the resources of Central Michigan University, the Mount Pleasant SmartZone and its local, regional and statewide partners.