Mindvalley Bay Area: Become Limitless in 2018
Dec
15
10:00 AM10:00

Mindvalley Bay Area: Become Limitless in 2018

What would it take for you to become limitless in your life and business? 
Learn how to be fear-proof.

Become limitless this December 21st in San Rafael.

Launch event for Mindvalley Bay Area! Buy your advance sale ticket now! https://becominglimitless.securechkout.com/

-Find out how to live a life of rapid growth that includes your
highest expectations, compassionate values and much, much
more.

-Learn the 4 levels on how you can become extraordinary by
practicing consciousness engineering.

-Discover how you can rewrite and upgrade your systems for
living.

-Discover the secret sauce for Becoming Limitless in all of your
life.

And remember to invite your most brilliant friends to join in for an
evening of connection, community and rapid growth opportunities!
https://becominglimitless.securechkout.com/

Advance ticket of $10 https://becominglimitless.securechkout.com/
$20 at door

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VentureJam – Tom Petty Tribute
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

VentureJam – Tom Petty Tribute

On Fridays every 3-4 weeks, our Happy Hour that starts at 5:30pm turns into a Blues/Rock Jam with our in-house band The Lost Halos at 7pm!

This Friday December 1, we will play at least 8 or 9 Tom Petty songs as a tribute.

Come hang out with us, enjoy the music, or if you're a musician, bring your instrument and join us for a song or two. Please bring something to share!  

PLEASE RSVP HERE

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Lunch & Learn: Market Research for New Products and Services
Nov
30
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: Market Research for New Products and Services

Cost effective tips and tools for proving your sales model.

This info packed workshop will help entrepreneurs launching a new venture or new products do cost effective market analysis prior to, during and after launches.

Participants will learn how to:

• ID the best target customer segments

• Define your value proposition—including most valued features and functions—and optimal pricing to maximize revenues

• Flush out your sales strategy, including where your target prospects in your category go for information and to buy

This pre-launch market intelligence can then be used to tune product and service features and pricing, prove or disprove marketing assumptions, build objective test results into the business plan, and present credible research to investors and partners.

Presented by Chris Yalonis

For more info, or to RSVP, click here.

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Lunch & Learn: Turn 80% of Your Prospects into Great, New Clients
Nov
16
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: Turn 80% of Your Prospects into Great, New Clients

Many small business owners that provide one-on-one services to their clients—freelancers, consultants, advisors, coaches—think that to grow their client base they need more leads. But getting more clients—and great ones—requires more than just getting leads. You need a sales strategy.

In this workshop, Joanna will teach you how to craft a sales strategy for your business to get more great clients. We’ll break down the steps of an effective “sales pipeline” for a one-on-one service business, including a key piece of the sales process: the consultation.

If you are a freelancer, consultant, advisor, or coach and you’re not converting at least 80% of your prospects into new clients, then this workshop is for you.

Presented by Joanna Sapir

For more info and to RSVP, click here.

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Marintrepreneurs Peer Advisory Group
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Marintrepreneurs Peer Advisory Group

entrepreneur support groupMeets TWICE per month, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.
This is a peer SUPPORT group for entrepreneurs to get and give advice.
We will:
1) Practice investor and customer pitches and get feedback
2) Flush out business models and product models
3) Bounce ideas off of each other
3) Brainstorm ideas and solutions together
4) Tap into a collective network for people, funding and resource ideas
5) Offer and ask for help

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Lunch & Learn: Podcasting for Non-Techies — NOTE SPECIAL TIME!
Nov
7
5:30 PM17:30

Lunch & Learn: Podcasting for Non-Techies — NOTE SPECIAL TIME!

A step by step guide to getting your podcast out of your mind and into the earbuds of the world.

This brass tacks, no frills, survey of microphones, remote interviews, recording, editing and hosting, is designed to get you on iTunes and beyond with minimal hassle.

In a friendly, plain-language seminar setting you will explore:

• strategies

• monetization notions

• getting guests

• …and more!

Presented by Daedalus Howell

For more info and to RSVP, click here.

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SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE CONFERENCE 2017—MARIN
Oct
26
8:00 AM08:00

SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE CONFERENCE 2017—MARIN

Announcing Marin's first Sustainable Enterprise Conference, October 26 at Embassy Suites in San Rafael, CA, bringing together government, business and nonprofit leaders to collaborate on solutions for social and environmental challenges. Please join us in exploring opportunities as a sponsor, exhibitor, attendee or speaker—greenmarin.biz.

The Sustainable Enterprise Conference is a day-long conference dedicated to convening and connecting sustainability leaders in business, academic, government, and community groups for an economically, environmentally and socially prosperous future. Modelled on the successful annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference (SEC) running for 12 years in Sonoma,  the Marin conference will promote sustainable business practices in the North Bay, provide tools for companies in transition, showcase best practices and best companies, and encourage networking with others creating more sustainable and resilient organizations and communities. 

To learn more, click on greenmarin.biz.  To buy tickets, click here!

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Lunch & Learn: Diets to Reduce Stress at Work
Oct
19
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: Diets to Reduce Stress at Work

Reduce Stress by Removing Allergy-Inducing Foods In Your Diet

Join us as we explore how simple modifications to your diet can greatly reduce your total stress load. Learn the top ‘trigger’ foods and environmental factors that lead to everything from seasonal allergies to full blown autoimmune disease, the very things that hampers productivity for you and your employees.

You’ll come away with a diet and lifestyle game plan that makes you feel more ready to go than you've been in years.

Presented by Jill Brogan

Jill began her journey of conscious eating when she was 12 years old and the fascination with nutrition and wellness has only grown over the years. She is honored to work with women, mostly business professionals,
who feel resigned that they are never going to be able to do something about their health or their bodies. She helps them reclaim their power and break through old belief patterns through a unique system of nutrition science and behavior change psychology. This enables them to experience lasting change and a totally new experience of themselves in their bodies.

$10 at the door to help keep the great talks coming.
Free for VenturePad coworking members.

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Lunch & Learn: Get into Your Financial Flow
Oct
12
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: Get into Your Financial Flow

Going From Reactive to Proactive

Let's talk money! Financial wellness coach Beth Crittenden will work you through some exercises to determine where potential blocks can be overcome in your business and/or personal finances, to allow more flow. You will leave with: a) more clarity, b) having had a quality conversation with at least 1 other person, c) at least a few homework suggestions to improve your financial systems. There is safety in numbers, in more than 1 way!

Presented by Beth Crittenden

Beth is a special intersection of whipsmart practical and woo-woo/touchy feely. She brings together training in small business finance, somatic psychology, OCD-level organizing skills, and meditation/mindfulness. financialwellness.coach (http://www.financialwellness.coach)

$10 at the door to help keep the great talks coming.
Free for VenturePad coworking members.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP and hold your spot.

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Lunch & Learn: Understand Your Website with Google Analytics
Oct
5
12:00 AM00:00

Lunch & Learn: Understand Your Website with Google Analytics

Hidden Gems in Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a free power tool to figure out what’s going on your website, right now. When you know your performance statistics then you can make smarter decisions to increase your traffic, conversions, sales or leads. Google Analytics helps you to set up goals for measuring your key performance metrics, segment your audience for setting up different marketing strategies and monitor the Adwords and Adsense activity.

At this Lunch & Learn, you'll learn the Basics of Google Analytics:
• Dashboard
• Real Time
• Audience
• Acquisition
• Behavior
• Goals & Conversions

We'll practice retargeting campaigns for people who are leaving your site.
Presented by Firuze Gokce

Talented in online marketing, networking, technology, and product positioning, Firuze Gokce is a serial entrepreneur since 1998. She played a leading role in the creation of pioneering internet projects in Turkey, UK and US. She has a unique approach in positioning digital products at international markets. In addition to serving as a Judge to Affiliate Marketing Awards, she is also a founding member of the Performance Marketing Association in US.

$10 at the door to help keep the great talks coming.
Free for VenturePad coworking members.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP and hold your spot.

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Lunch & Learn: The Most Common Pitfall for Entrepreneurs
Sep
28
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: The Most Common Pitfall for Entrepreneurs

Financial Strategies Every Business Owner Needs

Do you ever feel that you could be doing more to manage the money in your business? Are you unsure about how you are managing risk in your business? Are missing a concrete plan for the long term future of your business?

If you answered "Yes" to any of the above, this introduction to the business cycle is for you.

We will address these questions with a practical model to understand the phases through which a business progresses.

This class is for any entrepreneur or small business owner looking to get on financial track toward a successful business.

Click HERE to RSVP.

Presented by John Schweitzer, The Heartland Institute of Financial Education

John Schweitzer is a CFE Certified Financial Educator® with a decade of experience educating individuals, families, and businesses on the importance of a Financial Foundation. John is passionate about sharing his knowledge and empowering people to take action in their financial lives.

The Heartland Institute partners with colleges and universities throughout the United States to provide financial education courses to businesses and their employees, organizations and their members, and even civic and community groups who desire this type of purely educational coursework and information. hife-usa.org (http://hife-usa.org/programs/workplace/)

$10 at the door to help keep the great talks coming.
Free for VenturePad coworking members.

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Marintrepreneurs Peer Advisory Group
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Marintrepreneurs Peer Advisory Group

Meeting TWICE per month, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.

PLEASE click on RSVP on this page for each time that you plan to come. It is of great value to the group at large to have an accurate count of how many people actually attend.

This is a PEER SUPPORT group for entrepreneurs to get and give advice.

We will:
1) Practice investor and customer pitches and get feedback
2) Flush out business models and product models
3) Bounce ideas off of each other
3) Brainstorm ideas and solutions together
4) Tap into a collective network for people, funding and resource ideas
5) Offer and ask for help

We will also include guest speakers on occasion including successful entrepreneurs, funding experts, coaches and professional service providers.

This group is not intended for selling each other our services/products. That may happen as a side benefit, but our raison d'être is peer advisory and support.

At each meeting, 1 or 2 people will get the floor to present their issue, practice their pitch, get feedback and whatever else they might need from the group. The first 2 people to sign up (by sending us an email) to be on the agenda will get those slots for the week. Make sure to include some detail on your issue so that people can be prepared to participate/provide support. These slots may be used to brainstorm business ideas or offer educational content as well. Even for those not having the spotlight on a particular week, there is a tremendous amount to be learned from the conversation. If no one has signed up, then we will do impromptu discussions.

A signed NDA (non-disclosure agreement) is required to participate in the group. This is so we can share openly and confidently with each other.

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Lunch & Learn: Benefit From What Your Clients AREN'T Saying
Sep
21
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: Benefit From What Your Clients AREN'T Saying

Understanding what isn’t being said may be key to your success.

We’ve all walked away from conversations with our clients or co-workers believing we were on the same page, only to watch the relationship breakdown over different expectations. How much wasted project time and heartbreak would you have saved if you knew what they were really thinking?

Knowing how to pick up the subtle cues that can save important business relationships is a skill that’s rarely taught and one of the easiest to learn.

My unique "W.A.I.T.—Why Am I Talking?" method is perfect for any business professional that wants to fine-tune effective communication with their client or coworkers.

You will walk away with the basics of active listening—knowing how to listen, how to summarize, knowing the right questions to ask, and how and when to ask them.

“The W.A.I.T. experience empowered me through principles that are simple and easy to apply both personally and professionally.”
C. Nelson, Cyan Design Studio

Presented by Wayne Kosaka, Pointforpoint Mediation

RSVP HERE to hold your spot.

Wayne Kosaka is a professional mediator and mediation instructor for over 12 years having mediating hundreds of cases for the Ventura, Simi Valley and Martinez Superior Courts. Wayne has developed his own communication workshop for professionals drawing from experience and learned skills as a senior mediator, court mediation supervisor, instructor, and peer mediation coach. He combines almost 30 years of “client” experiences as a business owner in the advertising industry into developing the workshops. Wayne has been highly awarded for his outstanding services and commitment to mediation and promoting mediation as an alternative to litigation.

$10 at the door to help keep the great talks coming.
Free for VenturePad coworking members.

RSVP HERE to hold your spot.

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VP Member Lunch Chat
Sep
19
12:00 PM12:00

VP Member Lunch Chat

Come and have lunch with your coworking members, get to know each other better and help us build a stronger community. 

We'll have chinese chicken salad for the first 10 people. After that, you should come prepared to get your own lunch.

Members Only. 

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Lunch & Learn: Ways to Fund Your Business You Don't Know About
Sep
14
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: Ways to Fund Your Business You Don't Know About

The Best Funding Options for Startups and Expansion 

We will cover the best options to fund early stage small businesses—from CDFIs to crowdfunding to SBA loans. All have pros and cons depending on the age of the business, revenue, loan amount and speed to access capital. 

This talk is for microentrepreneurs and professional service providers seeking access to capital and resources they need to start or grow a successful business. 

You will leave with a better understanding of what type of access to capital you are qualified for and how to start pursuing it. 

NOTE: This talk won't cover angel and venture capital. VenturePad will be covering that side of investing in a future talk.

Presented by Laurie O'Hara, Working Solutions

Laurie O’Hara is the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Working Solutions, a Bay Area non-profit micro lender to small businesses. She brings over 20 years of experience in marketing and acquisitions of credit products, having worked as a Director of Acquisitions for JPMorgan Chase and Director of Segment Development at Citibank in New York. Laurie holds an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a dual BA in International Affairs and Spanish Business from the University of Colorado. She also published a children’s book on dyslexia, called Why Can’t I Read? Laurie is an entrepreneur who founded OLITA Inc., a beach lifestyle company that manufactures and sells beach beauty products. workingsolutions.org

$10 at the door to help keep the great talks coming.  

Free for VenturePad coworking members.

RSVP to hold your spot by clicking here

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Lunch & Learn: Protect Your IP—Patent and Trademark Basics
Sep
7
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: Protect Your IP—Patent and Trademark Basics

What businesses should know about patents and trademarks.

This is a class is for people who want to protect the names of their companies, brands, and products from competitors and people who want to protect their inventions from knockoffs with patents for competitive advantages in commerce. Build a barrier to entry against competition.

We will cover the basics of patents and trademarks. 

• Do you need patents or trademarks? 
• What is required to get patents and trademarks?  
• How much do patents and trademarks cost?
• What do you do if a competitor has a patent or trademark?  

The goal is to explain the costs and benefits of trademarks and patents so that you can determine if intellectual property protection makes sense for your business.

Please bring your patent and trademark questions.  

Presented by Paul Tomita, Staniford Tomita LLP

Paul Tomita is the founder of the IP Law Firm, Staniford Tomita LLP which provides intellectual property legal services to various entrepreneurial organizations: Telluride Venture Accelerator, University of San Francisco, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, and Fort Lewis College. His firm's clients include: 3D Systems, AMD, Affirm, Dell, Dolby Labs, EMC, GLOW, and numerous startups including Guardian Bike Company which was recently featured on Shark Tank. 

Learn more at st-ip.com 

$10 at the door to help keep the great talks coming.  
Free for VenturePad coworking members.

RSVP to hold your spot by clicking here.

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Lunch&Learn: 4 Ways to Improve your Productivity & Health—with Ramzi Asfour M.D.
Aug
31
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch&Learn: 4 Ways to Improve your Productivity & Health—with Ramzi Asfour M.D.

The Functional Medicine Approach 

Your body is an interconnected system—do you find that balance is one factor you often overlook? In this interactive session, take a journey through the practice of Functional Medicine with four methods that improve your productivity and health at work and at home. 

Dr Ramzi Asfour will use his expertise in Functional Medicine to guide you towards simple methods to improve concentration, manage stress, improve energy and address chronic health concerns.

You will leave with thoughtful ways to:

• Improve Concentration

• Manage Stress

• Improve Energy

• Address Chronic Health Concerns

The presentation is for Entrepreneurs, office workers and anyone who is interested in learning simple, thoughtful ways to improve their health. 

Presented by Ramzi Asfour, M.D., California Center for Functional Medicine

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Lunch&Learn: Clarify Your Goals to Prioritize Your Action — with BoominGroup
Aug
24
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch&Learn: Clarify Your Goals to Prioritize Your Action — with BoominGroup

Organize Your Business for Growth While Focusing on Your Purpose.

Are you holding off on important planning until your business grows?

Most of the time we live under the impression that what we do—the execution of our talents and abilities—is the only thing we need to manage our business. We assume that we can postpone systems for planning until our company grows just a little more. Guess what? Business structure and systems can help businesses of every size and stage.

This workshop style presentation will introduce you to tools for creating your own business structure, no matter the size of your business. We call this approach the “Business Schema.” Learn to create a roadmap that prioritizes all the primary functions that any business needs to thrive.  

At the end of the hour, you will know how to:

• Identify your blind spots and areas of procrastination in the management of your business

• Efficiently and productively allocate people and money

• Focus and prioritize on what is needed

Presented by Katherine Silveira & Loren Hadassah, BoominGroup

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Lunch & Learn: Using LinkedIn for Lead Generation — with Angela Dunz
Aug
17
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: Using LinkedIn for Lead Generation — with Angela Dunz

Make LinkedIn work for you! 

LinkedIn can be an easy tool to use to build your business if you work it strategically. Most entrepreneurs don't know where to begin or worse, think LinkedIn is for job seekers. Once you find out how to plug LinkedIn into your existing promotion efforts, it shouldn't take more than 10 minutes/day.  

It's a lot easier than you think. If you can use what you are already doing on LinkedIn, isn't it worth the time to find out how to turn your network into leads? 

To read more and/or RSVP, click here

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The 5 Keys to Creating a Consistent Client Funnel—$50 Workshop!
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

The 5 Keys to Creating a Consistent Client Funnel—$50 Workshop!

A step-by-step strategy to double your sales in 90 days or less.

NOTE: TO RSVP, CLICK HERE ON THE EVENTBRITE LINK, TICKETS ARE $50.

Why do some business owners achieve their financial goals with ease, while many people struggle to meet their basic monthly needs? What does it really take to attract your ideal clients who will pay you what you deserve?

In this interactive presentation, you will experience how easy and fun it can be to be even more proactive in your business, and start attracting more of your ideal clients, so you can make more money and have a greater impact. Here's some of what you will get:

• Why you should focus on your Ideal Niche

• How to create a Compelling Marketing Message

• Increase your effectiveness at Selling Conversations

• Develop a Simple Marketing Strategy

• Double your Sales in 90 days!

This will be a 2 hour intensive working session followed by a one hour brown bag Networking Mixer with Mary and the VenturePad team.

Presented by Mary O'Connor, The Ecstatic Entrepreneur

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Lunch & Learn: The 3 Fundamentals for a Successful Business You Love
Aug
3
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: The 3 Fundamentals for a Successful Business You Love

Build Unshakeable Confidence, Find Ideal Clients and Fast Track Your Financial Freedom - with Stephanie Staidle

Yes, the success you hear of IS possible for you. All you have to do is learn how to think creatively and craft a business product that is irresistible to your potential clients. In this interactive presentation, you'll learn how to create a six-figure mindset with a simple 3-step formula for more clients and profits!  

Anyone looking to take their business from stress to success will...

To read more and/or RSVP, click here.

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Improvisation for Networking — by Lisa Safran
Jul
31
9:00 AM09:00

Improvisation for Networking — by Lisa Safran

Join Lisa and Improv Consultants for this professional networking and professional development opportunity in San Rafael! We will learn how to use improvisation to:

  • Enhance communication
  • Think on your feet
  • Learn how to effectively brainstorm
  • Strengthen Mental Agility
  • Approach networking with more joy!

All while having fun and connecting with like minded professionals!

Click here for more info and to RSVP.

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Lunch&Learn: 3 Keys to Getting Seen in a Crowded Market — with Rebecca Williams
Jul
27
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch&Learn: 3 Keys to Getting Seen in a Crowded Market — with Rebecca Williams

Creative Brand Strategy for Entrepreneurs

Why do some brands stick in your mind and others don’t? How do you know when your marketing has just the right amount of pop to get you seen? Branding and marketing are not just about putting your small business “out there”, it’s about being clear and creative in how you do it. Join us for this hands-on workshop where you will learn and immediately put into action three keys to getting your small business more attention and more clients.  Warning: High potential for starting to see marketing as FUN.

• Learn how to clarify your message so people GET IT FAST.

• Learn how to identify your business voice and tone.

• Jumpstart your creative business mindset.

For entrepreneurs who want to communicate a clear message in a fresh way so they can grow their businesses. 

Presented by Rebecca Williams, Brand Communications + Marketing Strategy Consultant

To read more, or to RSVP, click here.

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Lunch & Learn: Are You "In the Zone" or Stuck in Your Comfort Zone? — with Nicola Walker
Jul
20
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: Are You "In the Zone" or Stuck in Your Comfort Zone? — with Nicola Walker

Break out of your comfort zone to work with focus and flow. 

"In the zone" refers to the zen-like effortless action that follows freedom from the old ingrained habits that slow you down—your "comfort zone." Discover how to quickly recognize whether you are sitting complacently in your comfort zone or acting successfully in the moment. 

·       Learn the five key qualities you and your business gain from being "in the zone" 
·       Clarify at least one of your comfort zones and why you like being there
·       Create an irresistible pull to being "in the zone" so it becomes your main state

You will walk away with a newly energized approach to business, one which will reduce stress levels while generating more action. This talk is for anyone who wants to be successful with what is most meaningful to them, yet too often feel held back by stress and ingrained habits. 

To read more, or to RSVP click here.

 

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 Lunch & Learn: How to Focus on What Matters Most — with Linda Henry
Jul
13
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: How to Focus on What Matters Most — with Linda Henry

A Roadmap to Personal Happiness & Business Success.

Are you stuck working IN your business? Are you focused on growth and strategy or stuck in the day-to-day? Do you have time to enjoy your life? Have you reflected on your role in your business lately?  Many business owners come to a point when they realize that they have to step back and evaluate the consequences of being stuck working IN their business, rather than ON their business.  Join us to learn the 4 most common mistakes business owners make that sabotage their personal happiness and business success...and what to do instead. You’ll walk away with concrete, practical steps that will support you in making a difference, making a profit….and having a life! If you're ready to put a stake in the ground and make this year your best year yet, I hope you'll join us. 

Click here to read more and to RSVP!

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Marin Green Drinks
Jul
11
5:30 PM17:30

Marin Green Drinks

You are invited to the next Marin Green Drinks business mixer in downtown San Rafael on July 11, 2017. The guest speaker will be our own Chris Yalonis, Cofounder and President of VenturePad. 
  
Chris will describe some initiatives, summits, and projects that VenturePad hosts and facilitates between Impact Entrepreneurs, freelancers, start-ups, non-profits and public agencies to address environmental and social challenges in the community. 
  
Come mix and mingle with North Bay green business folks and taste some organic beers and wines. 
  
We thank our truly gracious host Lotus Cuisine of India. As a certified green business Lotus is rated one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area. 
  
See you on July 11 at 5:30! Bring business cards, a colleague or friend, and be sure to RSVP! 

DATE

July 11th 2017, 5:30 PM

LOCATION — Lotus Cuisine of India

ADDRESS — 704 Fourth Street, San Rafael CA 94901

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