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If you like hearing local entrepreneurs’ stories, visiting new venues and sharing that experience with others, then join Kick-Ass Entrepreneurs (KAE) of Santa Fe at our entrepreneur Story Time events, typically on the 1st Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:30ish PM.

Since January 2018, KAE has organically grown to 550+ Meetup members and events consistently attended by 25–65 local fans of entrepreneurship and entrepreneur ecosystem partners. KAE features storytellers who hail from across ages, stages and industries – from tech to food startups, to multimillion-dollar moguls kicking ass for years.

And with time to schmooze with other smart, hardworking, motivated, creative and supportive entrepreneurs and like-minded Santa Feans before and after every entrepreneur Story Time event, you’ll get to experience for yourself just how friendly and collaborative Santa Fe’s startup and entrepreneur community truly is.

Typical flow:

6:30-7 Grab a Drink, Order Food + Schmooze

7-8ish Story Time + Audience Q+A

8-8:30 More Schmoozing

Head to https://www.entrepreneurstorytime.com to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/KickAssEntrepreneurs/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/kickassentrepreneurs/) so you don’t miss any of our fun-filled events.

Generously sponsored by Santa Fe Innovates, (https://santafeinnovates.com) a social enterprise business accelerator with soul, and the City of Santa Fe's Office of Economic Development. (https://www.santafenm.gov/economic_development)

Upcoming events (2)

Volunteer Time: The Food Depot

The Food Depot

Wanna be of service to our community while schmoozing and having fun? 😊 Then join us on the 11th!

If you can commit the 2 1/2 hours (thank you!), then RSVP here and head to https://thefooddepot.org/volunteer/ to read all about it. Fill out the Volunteer Application (if you haven't already) that you'll need to print, fill out and bring with you or email to [masked] beforehand.

I hope you're all happy and healthy and I look forward to seeing you on the 11th at TFD!

PS - When we experience no-shows it makes me sad. That's why I'll ask you to please change your RSVP if you realize you won't be able to make it or remove yourself from the waitlist if your availability changes, this way we can fill your spot and do our best for the TFD during our reserved time slot. Thank you so much!

Entrepreneur Story Time: Santa Fe Tails + The Alley

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been wanting to hear more of Joey and Hannah Padilla’s story since we visited The Alley https://thealleysantafe.com for Parting Stone’s Story Time back in November 2019, just 2 months after The Alley opened. Fast forward 2 long years with a pandemic plopped in between, and I wanna hear even more from these kick-ass business owners and Santa Fe natives – not just how they got their start with Santa Fe Tails https://santafetails.com/ back in 2008, but also how they fared with both businesses during a couple of years that have been far from easy.

But what is easy is finding reasons to head The Alley, cause did you know that you can bowl free on your birthday? That they have Happy Hour specials Monday–Friday, 4–6pm? That Monday is Senior Discount Day, so anyone age 65+ bowls for $8/hour all day? That Tuesday is Locals Day, where you can bowl for $9 and get ½ off other games with your NM ID? That Wednesday is Teen Discount Day and the Pinball Wizards Meetup, Thursday is Mini Bowler Play Date Day, when kids 5 and under bowl 1 hour free with paid adult bowling, and from 10am-2pm on Sundays you can get $5 Mimosas or $7 House Bloody Marys? Them’s some fun deals for everyone!

And did you know that Hannah and Joey graduated from the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, known worldwide as the premier dog training school? Hannah even has a BS in Zoology from San Francisco State University and served as Director of Behavior & Training at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. This amazing couple have given back to the community through their work specializing in animal behavior and dog socialization, as many dogs awaiting adoption from the animal shelter have been placed in the care of Santa Fe Tails to improve social skills and challenging behaviors to help increase the dogs’ chances of finding a forever home. This just gives me the feels.

So, let’s come out in support of this kick-ass couple during a super-fun time of year, Global Entrepreneurship Week https://www.genglobal.org/gew #GEW2021. Oh, and bring your appetite, cause El Sabor https://thealleysantafe.com/food/ is still serving up delicious eats from Executive Chef Ever Paz and his wife Anna, and the Bocce Bar https://thealleysantafe.com/drinks/ has a plethora of adult beverages to choose from. Arrive on time to schmooze and grab a drink and a bite to enjoy during Story Time and I can’t wait to see you there!

Past events (59)

Volunteer Time: The Food Depot

The Food Depot

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