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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 from February to November.

Since January 2018, KAE has organically grown to events consistently attended by 25–65 local fans of entrepreneurship, curious community members and ecosystem players each month. 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 and Instagram so you don’t miss any of our fun-filled events.

Generously sponsored by the City of Santa Fe's Office of Economic Development.

Upcoming events (2)

Entrepreneur Story Time: Moonlight Studios

Lino's Trattoria and Pizzeria

So excited to have the fabulous Liz Hassett, founder of Moonlight Studios, share her story with us, as she’s been such a wonderful addition to our community since she and her hubby moved to Santa Fe during the pandemic. Not only is Liz a frequent at KAESF events, she’s also given her time volunteering with us at The Food Depot and even taken incredible pics at a couple of our Story Time events, including the one for Bee Wild Outside and the most recent one at HoneyMoon Brewery. In fact, her talents shined through so much, that she began working with Ayla at HoneyMoon right after that.

You can see for yourself on her website and Insta some truly stunning visuals of her brand, product and lifestyle photography. In fact, under her previous brand, Oh Photo, she was recognized as one of The 7 Best Event Photographers in Santa Fe by PeerSpace and one of The Best Food Photographers in Santa Fe by Giggster. From food to portraits to events and archaeology (which Liz geeks out on), she not only has a skill for capturing incredible images, but she also captures the hearts and admiration of her clients – just read for yourself in Moonlight Studios’ 5-Star Google Reviews. And it’s not just photography, as she offers a full range of creative services, including videography, media and marketing, which are always in such high demand in this town. Liz even reserves one day a month for a complimentary brand/marketing photoshoot dedicated to mission-based orgs. How kind is that?

Those are just some of the reasons I’m so grateful to have Liz as part of our community and am so looking forward to hearing more of her story on April 6th, when we’ll gather on the courtyard patio at Lino's Trattoria and Pizzeria, owned and operated by actual Italians, Alexander and Lino Pertusini. You may remember Alexander, as he’s Santa Fe’s first purveyor of locally brewed smoked beers, Chile Line Brewery, which adjoins his dad Lino's place. So, plan to dress accordingly when you join us on the patio courtyard where you can order some fantastic food, a drink or two and schmooze between 6:30 and 7, before we kick off Story Time around 7 PM, followed by time for more schmoozing. Yippee!!!

PARKING NOTE: Lino’s only has a few spaces, so plan to park across the street on Johnson, within the UPS or FedEx parking lots off Guadalupe or at Taco Foundation after 6:30.

Volunteer Time: The Food Depot

The Food Depot

Join us to schmooze AND be of service to our amazing community!!! 😊

You see, every hour donated to The Food Depot by volunteers like us means more $ to spend providing meals to people in need. If you can commit the 2 1/2 hours, then YEAH! RSVP here and thank you!

And since TFD wants us all to be super safe, all staff and volunteers must be vaccinated AND boosted, so please email your Covid vaccination record to [masked] beforehand or be sure to bring it with you.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE READ - Last minute cancelations and no-shows make me SO sad. That's why I'll ask you to please, please, 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, so much!

Past events (90)

Volunteer Time: The Food Depot

The Food Depot