Jennifer Thoemke is founder and owner of Connects Workspace and owner of Café 13. Jennifer is a Colorado native and has over 25 years of leadership experience ranging from non-profit, small business and Corporate America. In June 2015 she opened Connects Workspace, a coworking space in Golden, CO and has since expanded to 15,000 sq. ft of coworking space. In June 2018 she purchased Café 13, a local coffee shop.


Spending twelve years in the mortgage industry before opening Connects Workspace established Jennifer as a strong, passionate, energetic leader who loves a challenge and seeks creative solutions to help others succeed.  Ending her mortgage career as the Vice President of Secondary Marketing, Jennifer carried Pinnacle Mortgage Group from single loan sales to building a 500 million dollar mortgage portfolio, creating an income stream that placed Pinnacle in a position for a Fortune 500 Company to purchase the portfolio and company.


Volunteerism is a priority of Jennifer’s: she is on the board of Community Faith in Action, a part of the leadership team of Hillside Community Church, a member of Women Presidents’ Organization and President of Golden Women in Business. Jennifer’s biggest passion is for her husband of over 25 years and her four children. On the weekend you will most likely find her throwing a party or inviting friends and family over.




Courtney Wainwright grew up in Golden and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins and graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Business Administration in December 2017. Courtney has been with Connects since March 2018 and enjoys the connections she makes on a daily basis.  When Courtney is not at Connects, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her son, Brooks, and their two Golden Retrievers.



Judy Maxwell has worked for Coors Brewing Company, Abbott Laboratories and Ricoh.  Her background is in Organization Development with a focus on Leadership & Team Development, Process Improvement, and Customer Satisfaction.  Judy designs experiential learning workshops. The workshops allow participants to walk through processes and develop steps that will support in bringing about positive changes in their lives.

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Chriseda has a background in project management and operations management. Her skills include but are not limited to event planning and facilitation, paper flow and records keeping, creating graphic flyers and mailers, website maintenance, vendor management and creative project management of various sizes and with various levels of involvement. Chriseda's interests are cultivating connections, eating, arting, naturing, nurturing and laughing. Chriseda also teaches on topics of boundaries, consent, connection and platonic touch as outlined on her website Touch of Heart LLC.



Amanda is a proud New Englander who has just recently arrived in Golden. She chose her new home based on one simple thought - where does her soul feel most alive? So here she is. Her life looks a lot like: loving on all of my houseplants, indulging in mountains of ice cream, and diving into deep conversations about horses’ facial expressions. You might see her around - please introduce yourself! Get to know each other, create, create, create, throw in a few laughs, and continue to build roots in this wonderful space



October 15, 2019

"...Same, too, with Connects Workspace, which opened in Golden in 2015. Founder and Golden native Jennifer Thoemke said she focused on being a community asset, kept her business in the black and helped tenants who outgrew the space find a larger one."

The Colorado Sun

Online News Outlet Based in Denver, Colorado

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March 8, 2019

Jennifer Thoemke was nominated for the "Shattered Glass Award" celebrating women who have broken the glass ceiling in their professional careers, shattered records, cracked a new code of discovery, or otherwise just rocked the world – true agents of positive change.

IX Power Foundation

JeffCo Int'l Women’s Day

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March 6, 2016

A Golden entrepreneur doesn’t think Boulder should have the lock on small business incubators.


Amy DiPierro

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August 11, 2015

Business owner changes careers, launches new venture in Golden.

Golden Transcript

Christy Steadman

Golden Business Panel Discussion for Non

March 20, 2019

Are you a business or nonprofit looking to connect? Jennifer Thoemke of Connects Workspace and other local business owners discuss their approaches to corporate philanthropy and collaboration with Golden nonprofits.

City of Golden

Community & Economic Development Commission


February 20, 2019

We talk to owner Jen Thoemke about her Café 13 story as well as get a preview of the awesome things to come post renovation!

Visit Golden

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February 18, 2016

Traxion, a new accelerator aimed at startups in the energy sector, has opened in Golden's historic armory building.

Denver Business Journal

Monica Mendoza

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June 24, 2015

Connects Workspace is not just office space: We provide our members support to help grow their business or nonprofit. We believe in giving back to our community through volunteerism.

The Denver Post


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March 18, 2019

We’re thrilled to announce that on April 2nd, 2019 we are launching Basecamp Jeffco at Connects Workspace in Golden, Colorado.

Women Who Startup

Christina Schultz

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October 3, 2017

Traxion has supported Golden companies in the early stages of development, to accelerate their growth and job creation.

City of Golden

Marjorie Sloan

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February 2, 2016

Jen Thoemke accepts the Civic Award for her business, Connects Workspace, a shared-office concept that works as a small business accelerator.

Golden Transcript

John Tracy

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June 10, 2015

Connects Workspace provides a place where the entrepreneur, independent worker, corporate refugee or non-profit leader can connect, receive support, and experience community.

Golden Today

Barb Warden