Paula Blair, SOAR's Founder

About SOAR Co-Working and our Owner, Paula Blair

The idea resulting in SOAR was birthed in 2015 after I saw a 2 page full color article with pictures of a new coworking space in Oregon.  I devoured it on the Sunday it arrived.   From that point to now, I have had coworking on the brain!  It is a labor of love every single day I come to work.

My background is comprised of a hodge podge of group insurance underwriting, recruiting, church leadership and project management.  I consider myself the Chief Coworker here at SOAR.  I sit in the Shared Space Seating so I experience everything coworkers experience.

We launched in July 2017 with private offices, meeting rooms, and co-working desks, and have received glowing testimonies and reviews from coworkers and the community.   Recognition from the Tampa Bay Business Journal 

came in 2021 as we hit their list of the Largest Women-Owned Businesses in Tampa Bay (the region, not just the City!).  COWORKING MAG also gave us a glowing recognition by naming us #2 on their list of the 10 best places to cowork in Tampa. 

TEDx, the City of Tampa, and Hillsborough County, Florida have given some special nods to SOAR.  We are an approved practice site for TEDx speakers and provide them with a space to practice at no charge.

We are also a Certified Minority Owned Small Business by both the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County, Florida.  We’ll gladly furnish a Certificate to any City of Tampa or Hillsborough County entity wanting to do business with SOAR.


Do you want to know more about me?  You can search for me on LinkedIn to see my complete resume.  Please connect with me!  You can also like and follow SOAR Co-Working on Facebook and LinkedIn for updates on what’s shaking here!

I am so thankful for this great blessing and opportunity.  Every new day is a new experience.  Thank you to our Co-workers and the Community.  YOU are our why, and our success is also your success.

Paula Blair

Chief Co-Worker

Virtual Tour of SOAR

Our membership with the Global Workspace Association keeps us up-to-date on all things happening in the serviced workspace world. Through the GWA, we had the opportunity to do a live virtual tour to the global membership! We were thrilled to present to such a huge audience. You missed it live, but are certainly able to experience the tour. We hope you enjoy it! Please Contact Us with any questions or suggestions.

Blogs for Start-ups, Leaders, and Serviced Workspace Operators


LinkedIn Local North Tampa

#LinkedInLocal is a meetup concept originally created on LinkedIn with the purpose of meeting your online LinkedIn connections face-to-face, offline. The purpose is to unite people from all walks of life in facilitated events hosted around the world, to genuinely get to know the humans behind the LinkedIn profiles, and connect beyond the job titles, business cards and company names that are so common at most networking events. Proceeds less administrative costs for this event are donated to a local charity in the Tampa Bay area. Every month a different non-profit is chosen as the beneficiary.

LinkedIn Local North Tampa came to life as the Chairperson and Founder, Paula Blair, realized the need for a LinkedIn chapter in our northern suburbs. It has been our privilege to connect many professionals through events curated for that purpose. The biggest reward has been our financial recognition given to local charities. You can find our events by searching Eventbrite for LinkedIn Local North Tampa.

LinkedIn Local North Tampa is not sponsored, endorsed, or operated by LinkedIn.

LinkedIn Local North Tampa Meeting

TEDx Approved Practice Site

SOAR Co-Working is proud to be an approved practice site for TEDx speakers! Our podcast room makes the perfect spot to practice and record your important message.  Contact us to use any meeting room at no charge.  It's our way of encouraging people who have something important to say.

TEDx Host Site
City of Tampa Disadvantaged Minority (DM) and Disadvantaged Woman Business Enterprise (DWBE)

It's a privilege to be a certified DM and DWBE with the City of Tampa. That means SOAR Co-Working may bid on the workspace needs of the City of Tampa and their affiliated offices.  A regional City office, coworking for a virtual employee, or providing meeting space in our northeastern suburb are solutions we excel at providing. . If you have posted a request for a quote and we haven't responded, please contact us. We'd love to have an opportunity to be your work home!


Hillsborough County Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE)

We want to help all the public entities in our region, so we also hold the certifications for SLBE and WBE in Hillsborough County, Florida. Just like the City of Tampa, it means we may bid on the workspace needs of the County and their affiliated offices. A regional County office, coworking for a virtual employee, or providing meeting space in our northeastern suburb are solutions we excel at providing.