222 and 224 Anderson Street, Portland, ME
Do you own and run your own business? Are you involved in a local business here in Southern Maine? Would you like to share what you do with other members of the Permaculture Group so that we can continue to weave our web of support and mutual aid for each other's work in the world?
You are invited to the inaugural Quarterly Networking Breakfast for members of our group who are actively engaged in some form of business, entrepreneurship or local commerce. These will run once per quarter unless we decide on some other format.
Please note, this is not a conventional "networking" event. This also isn't about "selling" products or services to each other (although it's fine if you meet someone who wants to work with you!). This is more about raising awareness about the richness of livelihoods and offerings among our members so that we can do things like be on the lookout for referrals as well as share ideas, information and resources to help us meet our goals more successfully, etc.
8:30 Arrival - Bagels and Coffee/tea provided (please bring an item to add to the "breakfast bar" like fruit or juice or similar + your own potluck kit [plate/utensils/napkin/cup])
9:00 Convene around the table with loose facilitation to hear about each other's work and aspirations
9:45 Close the facilitated portion of the breakfast and shift to casual discussion and one-on-one convos until 10:00 breakdown.
This is an experiment! Let's see how it goes! Space is limited. $2-$3 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Before the event:
1. Prepare a "one-minute share" (f you don't have one already) in which you can tell the group about your business and your goals or aspirations for the next few months. Bonus points if you can fit in a way that we can can help you! (such as "if you hear someone talk about xyz, that would be a great referral for my business.") Extra bonus points if you can link your work to the permaculture ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share/Future Care.
2. Bring plenty of business cards or brochures to pass around. Bring something to collect other people's business cards into so that you can pass them on later if the opportunity arises!
That's it! A fun and casual way to continue our network-weaving work and support right livelihoods here in Maine. All kinds of businesses are welcome, by the way, unless you feel like your business is working against the permaculture ethics in some way.
Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.