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It's time to party!
Let's face it; there are too many events. Too many seminars. Too many webinars. Too many conference calls. Here in the Bay Area, we're all suffering from "event fatigue."
That's why THIS event does not have any speakers. That means no Powerpoint slides and no handouts. It will not be covering the next ~HOT~ topic for small business. No. This event is focused on one thing and one thing ONLY - having fun!
On Wednesday, October 20th, we're having a party at the brand new Eleve Restaurant in Walnut Creek. Here are the details:
ATTIRE: business (suits and dresses)
Yes, this is a business event. We're not going casual for this one. Nope. We're going top shelf. Wear your nice clothes. Look like a million bucks. Dress to impress. This is 2010!
The world is getting too casual. Regardless how many drinks we have, this is a business event so please dress the part. Besides, it's fun to wear your fancy clothes from time to time.
COST: free (no cost to attend)
There is no entrance fee to attend this event. BUT, drinks will not be free. They might be discounted. We might even get some free appetizers (not confirmed yet - I'm working on it - will keep you posted). But this place serves up some great drinks and I plan on having my fair share. You?
Also, this restaurant is new and quite beautiful inside. It's just one block from the new Walnut Creek Library and also one block from the Lesher Center for the Arts. We'll be on the first floor (where the full bar is located :-) and the second floor will be reserved for regular dining patrons.
THEME: give first (and sell second)
Wanna market your business? Fine. But the only way to do it is to GIVE something to your fellow attendees. This is not a place for blatant sales pitches. This is a place for building relationships. And how are good productive relationships built? By giving first and selling second.
Get creative. There will be a table available for you to display your gifts. I'm hoping to have a raffle but it's not guaranteed. It depends on the availability of a stage and microphone system (not yet confirmed). So your gifts may just get displayed for people to take at will. Bottom line; bring cool stuff and you'll be remembered.
CHARITY: $5 donation requested
With giving in mind, we will be requesting a $5 donation at the door. 100% of that money will be given to National Public Radio (NPR) and KQED Public Television as a "Challenge Grant" for their next funding effort. That will effectively double our contribution by encouraging other individual donors to make contributions themselves.
HELP: wanna volunteer?
We will need people to staff the registration desk and be greeters for people arriving. They're both easy jobs! So if you're interested in volunteering, CLICK HERE (http://groups.google.com/group/academy-volunteers) to join the group of volunteers.
This is a brand new Google Group, so there are no members at the time I am writing this. But once a few people join, it will evolve into a core group of people who help run the Entrepreneur & Small Business Academy. Members will be notified of future events and can contribute as much or as little as they like.
BART: don't drink and drive!
This restaurant is 3 blocks from the Walnut Creek BART Station. Yes, you're welcome to drive but PLEASE don't drink and drive. We want this to be a safe and fun event for everyone.
SPREAD THE WORD
Feel free to pass the word along. The idea behind this event is to bring the best entrepreneurial people of the East Bay together under one roof to meet, greet and form productive relationships. If you know someone who could benefit from that intention, please get them to RSVP so we know who's coming.