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You have come to the right place if one or more of these statements sound familiar:

- You are a professional in a job aching for more fulfilling, inspiring work where you are in control of your time and money.

- You are a stay at home parent who wonders if you could have it all by starting a business that gives you a great L.I.F.E. in Lifestyle, Income, Freedom, Equity.

- You’ve given all your time, talent, and energy to everyone else in your life and feel it’s time to give attention to your own dreams and aspirations.

- Starting business sounds like a possibility but you want to explore more before jumping in?

- You are retired or about to retire and want to stay professionally active and considering a new chapter in your career either full time or part-time.

- You are a veteran returning from service and considering your business and career options in civilian life.

- You are a new graduate evaluating career options in business.

The mission of the Shifting Gears meetup group is to build a community of inspired, highly-motivated individuals who are longing to live more fulfilling, meaningful work they dream of. We support you to get clear about what you want so you can have an occupation you love whether it is starting a business or getting a new career rolling. We are not here to influence you, either way, we want to help you figure out what is right for you.

Our mission at Shifting Gears is to offer you the opportunity to envision what your options could be, engage in meaningful conversations, connect with others facing similar choices and challenges, and develop an action plan to keep you moving forward.

Together we get the job done!

Upcoming events (5)

ONLINE: Fire-up Your Business with these Savvy Social Media Strategies

Registration is here: https://openforbusinesslab.mykajabi.com/registration-page-to-sat-morn-brew-chat-9-26-20 THIS WEEK'S TOPIC on our Saturday Morn' Brew & Chat =============== Fire-up Your Business with these Savvy Social Media Strategies We know that no small business can afford to ignore social media and digital marketing and especially in challenging times like today. The vast majority of businesses, from the bricks & mortar storefronts right through to the online service business coaches, mentors and advisors, all need effective strategies to harness the tremendous (but often confusing) advantages of social media. During this presentation, Alison Vidotto shares proven steps that will help you overcome overwhelm and define a clear social media strategy for any type of business at any stage of growth including new and established companies. The topics she will cover include: Knowing your audience. Interviewing your ideal client. Selecting the right channels for your business. Building efficient systems to save tremendous time. Being consistent with your posts and branding. This presentation will provide you gold nuggets of knowledge to take your business to the next level. Don't miss it. Registration is here: https://openforbusinesslab.mykajabi.com/registration-page-to-sat-morn-brew-chat-9-26-20 MEET THIS WEEK'S GUEST PRESENTER: ================================ ALISON VIDOTTO, MBA Alison Vidotto is the CEO of Vidotto Group and Push! Business Training, an award-winning business strategist & mentor, a published author, professional speaker, and the founder of the Australian Charity for the Children of Vietnam (ACCV.) Her mission is to reduce the staggering number of small business failures. Alison helps small business owners realize long term success through business training and mentoring programs, in particular her online digital marketing membership. Running a number of small businesses for more than twenty-five years has given Alison extensive experience and a range of topics she speaks on, including navigating times of crisis, digital marketing, business training programs, leadership fundamentals. She also contributes articles on business and leadership to various publications. ABOUT OUR SATURDAY MORN' BREW & CHATS ===================== New Connections and Free Knowledge that Help you Grow. The Saturday Morn' Brew & Chat events are free and are sponsored by OPEN FOR BUSINESS and Founder Patricia Bottero St-Jean. OPEN FOR BUSINESS is a Start-a-Business Lab and Coaching Agency that specializes in guiding career shifters and entrepreneurs exercise due diligence in early-stage research, vetting, planning, and launching of the right business for them. Among other activities, OPEN FOR BUSINESS shares market resources by inviting subject matter experts on various topics to support you in: - Starting a new business or new idea or a side-gig. - Shifting career or seeking new opportunities. - Innovating in your current business. - Optimizing the performance of your business. - Improving your life in general. Our virtual meeting are casual. Join us in cozy clothes or in your PJs. Delivered via Zoom, where you can see and hear us. We can't see you and you are welcome to ask your questions hence the value of joining us. Sometimes it's a free webinar with a presentation on a useful topic. Other times, it's a conversation with a guest speaker who shares their expertise! Dress Code: PJs or cozy outfit. BYO favorite morning brew. On Zoom" click the link sent to you after registration to watch, listen and ask your questions. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if you'd like to suggest a topic, or to recommend a guest speaker, or if you would like to apply to be a guest speaker! Talk soon, Patricia Bottero St-Jean Your organizer, [masked] Registration is here: https://openforbusinesslab.mykajabi.com/registration-page-to-sat-morn-brew-chat-9-26-20

ONLINE at SCORE; How to Vet ANY Business Idea Before you Spend Lots of $$$$

How to Vet ANY Business Idea Before You Spend Lots of $$$$ - 10/07/2020 - ===================================================================== Register here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ytv6lxbab&oeidk=a07ehazbjh421a5742e ===================================================================== The SBA reports that 42% of new startups fail because they offer a product that the market doesn't need. In this low-cost webinar, you will learn how a few hours of brainstorming and due diligence can bring clarity, context, and confidence in your new venture and help you build the foundation for your business success. We'll discuss the steps and right sequence in vetting your idea for a new business, (or a new product in your existing business.) Topics include: How make sure your new venture flies and doesn't flop. How to differentiate your business in the market. How to identify your ideal customers. Ways to validate your idea with your ideal customers. Vetting any business idea, or any idea for a new product, and on paper well before spending significant money, time, and energy is an essential exercise that provides the framework to eliminate the costly mistakes many business creators and founders make. ===================================================================== Your Presenter: Patricia Bottero St-Jean, MBA Patricia Bottero St-Jean is an internationally recognized Start-a-Business Coach, a small business enthusiast, a freedom seeker, a pragmatic optimist, and an avid hiker who secretly talks to trees. She believes entrepreneurship is the best path to the freedom of building a life of one's own design and that truly successful small businesses afford their owners the ability to prioritize who is most important and what matters the most to them. She began her entrepreneurial career at age 25 and has since spent her professional career in the trenches of America's Main Street Business progressing from bootstrapping her independent startup that she grew over 20 years, to small business acquisitions while coaching and mentoring owners of all types of businesses. During her career, she observed that most struggling and failing businesses are owned by very capable individuals who unfortunately made a first and fatal error. They started or bought the wrong business for them simply because they didn't know how to exercise a thorough preliminary due-diligence and business planning before starting their business. As a result, they wasted precious time and money. Through her 30+ year career in the small to mid-size enterprise sector, Patricia also observed that 9 out of 10 new business ideas abort before they take off. Consequently, she founded OPEN FOR BUSINESS, a Start-a-Business Lab and Coaching Agency specialized in guiding entrepreneurs from the early-stage research and up to the launch of their ideal business so that they can start their venture on a solid foundation that minimizes risks and maximizes success. Register Here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ytv6lxbab&oeidk=a07ehazbjh421a5742e

ONLINE: Sat. Morn' Brew & Chat- THIS WEEK'S TOPIC COMING SOON!

THIS WEEK'S TOPIC COMING SOON! ABOUT OUR SATURDAY MORN' BREW AND CHATS: If you have not been to a Saturday Morning Brew & Chat yet, you are welcome grab a cuppa and join us every other Saturday Morn’ Brew & Chats at 9:00 AM PST for connections and free knowledge that help you grow! The Saturday Morn' Brew & Chat events are free and are sponsored by OPEN FOR BUSINESS, and Founder Patricia Bottero St-Jean. OPEN FOR BUSINESS is a Start-a-Business Lab and Coaching Agency that specializes in guiding career shifters and entrepreneurs exercise due diligence in early-stage research, vetting, planning and launching of the right business for them. Among other activities, OPEN FOR BUSINESS shares market resources by inviting subject matter experts on various topics to support you in: - Starting a new business or new idea or a side-gig. - Shifting career or seeking new opportunities. - Innovating in your current business. - Optimizing the performance of your business and learning new tools. - Improving your life in general. Sometimes it's a free webinar with a presentation on a useful topic. Other times, it's a conversation with a guest speaker who shares their expertise! Dress Code: PJs or cozy outfit. BYO favorite morning brew. On Zoom" click the link sent to you after registration to watch, listen, AND ask your questions. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if you'd like to suggest a topic, or to recommend a guest speaker, or if you would like to apply to be a guest speaker! Talk soon, Patricia Bottero St-Jean Your organizer, [masked]

ONLINE: Sat. Morn' Brew & Chat- THIS WEEK'S TOPIC COMING SOON!

THIS WEEK'S TOPIC COMING SOON! ABOUT OUR SATURDAY MORN' BREW AND CHATS: If you have not been to a Saturday Morning Brew & Chat yet, you are welcome grab a cuppa and join us every other Saturday Morn’ Brew & Chats at 9:00 AM PST for connections and free knowledge that help you grow! The Saturday Morn' Brew & Chat events are free and are sponsored by OPEN FOR BUSINESS, and Founder Patricia Bottero St-Jean. OPEN FOR BUSINESS is a Start-a-Business Lab and Coaching Agency that specializes in guiding career shifters and entrepreneurs exercise due diligence in early-stage research, vetting, planning and launching of the right business for them. Among other activities, OPEN FOR BUSINESS shares market resources by inviting subject matter experts on various topics to support you in: - Starting a new business or new idea or a side-gig. - Shifting career or seeking new opportunities. - Innovating in your current business. - Optimizing the performance of your business and learning new tools. - Improving your life in general. Sometimes it's a free webinar with a presentation on a useful topic. Other times, it's a conversation with a guest speaker who shares their expertise! Dress Code: PJs or cozy outfit. BYO favorite morning brew. On Zoom" click the link sent to you after registration to watch, listen, AND ask your questions. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if you'd like to suggest a topic, or to recommend a guest speaker, or if you would like to apply to be a guest speaker! Talk soon, Patricia Bottero St-Jean Your organizer, [masked]

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