LUNCH&LEARN: Double Your Sales (Without More Marketing) with Joanna Sapir
Oct
10
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH&LEARN: Double Your Sales (Without More Marketing) with Joanna Sapir

Double Your Sales (Without More Marketing)

If you’re a Consultant, Coach, or Health/Wellness Practitioner ready to break through the chaos of your business and streamline your sales process to get high-quality clients and create consistent, recurring income – then this Lunch and Learn is for you.

Joanna Sapir is going to outline 5 key principles that will help you double your income without spending any more time, energy, or money on marketing.

You'll learn:
· How to streamline your pricing, packaging, and sales process for better client results, more satisfied clients – and steady income for your business
· The way to stop wasting your time on tire-kickers or people that aren’t serious about moving forward, and get out of the “send me a proposal” trap of infinite follow-up emails that go nowhere
· How to attract the right prospects for your highest-level services and turn them into great long-term clients
· Why having a great website, a great lead magnet, or a great social media presence won’t actually bring you more clients – unless you know how to do this one thing right
· What never to say in a consultation and why (and what to say instead) if you want to make more sales of your high-end services

Join us to learn how you can build a more profitable, sustainable, and fulfilling consulting or coaching business.

Joanna Sapir has been a teacher and mentor her whole life from the classroom to the gym floor and now to businesses across the world – helping consultants, coaches, and health and wellness professionals build profitable and sustainable businesses with the Client Champion Formula. A Bay Area native, she now lives in Sonoma County and is a competitive Olympic-style Weightlifter as well as the Commander-in-Chief of the Ginger Army. Learn more at http://joannasapir.com

All lunch & learns are $10 at the door for. You are welcome to bring your own bag lunch if you want.

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Marin Sustainable Enterprise Conference 2019
Sep
25
8:00 AM08:00

Marin Sustainable Enterprise Conference 2019

MARIN SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE CONFERENCE 2019 (MSEC'19)

Solutions for a Clean, Equitable, Regenerative Economy

Sept 25, 2019 — Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross CA — 8am-5:30pm, reception afterwards.

The all-day Marin Sustainable Enterprise Conference 2019 promotes sustainable business practices in the North Bay, provides tools for companies in transition, showcases best practices and best companies, and connects business and community leaders to work on creating more sustainable, resilient organizations and communities. Attendees will learn and collaborate on:
—The latest in green economic development trends and opportunities within the North Bay
—What it takes to win business and brand loyalty from sustainability-minded customers
—Compelling case studies featuring bottom-line and market advantages
—Solution workshops – connecting business and community leaders
—Climate change, local sustainable food systems, traffic congestion, affordable housing
—Reducing income disparities, homelessness, serving Marin’s exploding senior population

Networking & Discussion Time: Built in to every session, so this is not your standard talking heads conference, we will have unconference time as well.

BUY TICKETS HERE!

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Lunch & Learn:  From Overwhelm to Focused Action, with Ulrika Brattemark
Sep
12
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: From Overwhelm to Focused Action, with Ulrika Brattemark

From Overwhelm to Focused Action

Do you wish for more progress in some area of your work, or life? Would you like to move forward at a sustainable pace, yet accomplish more of what is truly important to you? Although we keep working hard, most of us feel like we are spread too thin and easily get distracted by the next "shiny object". Can you relate?

Most people I speak with feel some level of overwhelm by all the demands on their time.

 In this interactive and engaging 60-minute workshop you will learn an effective way to move from overwhelm to a more focused, sane and fulfilling daily life. 

At the end of the workshop, you'll have a detailed action plan for one of your initiatives as well as tools that'll help you stay focused and implement. 

This dynamic approach will set you up for success in getting more of the RIGHT things done.  

You'll learn:
• How to apply dynamic principles to your personal task prioritization
• How to structure your to-do's into visually accessible and focused format
• How to stay focused and accomplish what you have committed to
• Where to find more support for implementing these tools and principles

BIO - Ulrika Brattemark

Combining her corporate and multi-national experiences with her innate fascination and curiosity about how we as humans "work", Ulrika is able to help us see how to remove obstacles – sometimes our very own thoughts, beliefs and habits! – and actually reach the most important goals in our lives

Ulrika encourages us to aim for the most vibrant and unique expression of ourselves, both professionally and personally. She offers insightful and thought provoking ideas as well as practical and straightforward tools that we can implement in our daily lives, connecting our action with those bigger goals, starting right away!

When designing her programs and engaging talks, she leverages her expertise from her prior roles as Business Analyst, Agile Coach, Yoga Teacher and Expressive Arts Practitioner, always aiming to provide the most dynamic and useful tools for her clients and her audience.

Click HERE to RSVP.

All lunch & learns are $10 at the door, or paypal chris@venturepad.works.

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Intellectual Property: Why Trademarks, Copyrights & Patents are Important, & How to Protect Them, with Katie O'Neill Tran
Aug
29
12:00 PM12:00

Intellectual Property: Why Trademarks, Copyrights & Patents are Important, & How to Protect Them, with Katie O'Neill Tran

Intellectual Property: Why Trademarks, Copyrights & Patents are Important & How to Protect Them — with Katie O'Neill Tran

Your brand is your business. Your business name, logo, and slogan are some of the most valuable assets that your business can own and yet, often, these assets remain unprotected. Registering your trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is one of the most effective steps you can take to ensure that your business’s trademarks are adequately protected.

During this Lunch & Learn, we’ll discuss the following:
- what constitutes a trademark;
- trademarks vs. copyrights
- how to protect your trademarks and copyrights;
- the advantages of registering your trademarks;
- an overview of how to register your trademarks with the USPTO
-we'll touch briefly on patents

We will also have an opportunity to discuss any questions you may have on trademarks and the registration process.

BIO
Katie O’Neill Tran is the founding attorney of O’Neill Tran Law, a business and trademark law firm. She has spent over ten years assisting entrepreneurs and business owners with a wide array of legal issues; from filing initial trademarks and entity formation, through obtaining investor funding, and negotiating contracts with employees, third-party vendors, and clients. Katie has experience serving as the outside general counsel for companies based in California, Chicago, New York, and Ireland. She is an active member of the bar and is licensed to practice law in California, Illinois, New York and Ireland.

All lunch & learns are $10 at the door to help keep more of them coming.

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Peer Advisory Group — Pitch & Feedback / 2nd half: Marin Economic Forum
Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Peer Advisory Group — Pitch & Feedback / 2nd half: Marin Economic Forum

This is a peer SUPPORT group for entrepreneurs to practice their business/investor pitch, and get and give advice.

The agenda will include:

1) A business model presentation by Janan Platt, prolific author and founder of a publishing company, Janan Creative Arts.

2) A discussion with the Marin Economic Forum to get our group’s input on economic development in Marin County, and what the key drivers and inhibitors are to new and existing businesses in Marin. The group’s discussion and insights will be a part of a county-wide initiative to develop better policy and programs to attract to, and expand our economy.

Please RSVP. It is of great value to the larger group to have an accurate count of how many people will actually attend.

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 for help to improve your business plan, model, pitch, delivery etc.

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

''Would you rather be rich, or would you rather be right?'' — Being ''teachable'' is of the utmost importance at these meetings. Seasoned entrepreneurial veterans come to these events to give you their time, hear your pitch and give honest feedback. Gratitude and humility go a long way.

$10 donation requested. Click HERE to RSVP.

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LUNCH&LEARN: POP Stress Now—for Optimal Health and Performance, w/ Terre Passero
Jun
6
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH&LEARN: POP Stress Now—for Optimal Health and Performance, w/ Terre Passero

Do you feel pressure to always be on the go? Like there is never enough time to get it all done? Do you feel tired and wired at the same time? Stress can aid or raid us of our motivation, health, and optimal performance.

What if you could manage and/or recover from stressful experiences so they don't control or derail you? Strategies presented and practiced in this 1-hour workshop are based in applied neuroscience and mindfulness research.

Takeaways
 Understand how stress impacts the brain, body, and behavior
 Learn about your unique relationship with stress
 Learn how you can manage your energy more efficiently
 Learn practical strategies and tools that you can apply immediately

Bio — Terre Passero has a passion for helping individuals grow personally and professionally. She has a unique portfolio leading global teams in tech organizations and teaching mindfulness and stress mastery to enhance performance and human potential. She founded Mindful Stress Management, whose mission is to provide evidence-based tools for individuals and organizations experiencing stress, overwhelm, change, helping eliminate roadblocks to success and wellbeing. Terre is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor from UMass Medical School, Center for Mindfulness, a Certified Stress Mastery Educator, and a Diplomate of the American Institute of Stress.

All Lunch & Learn events are $10 at the door. To RSVP, click HERE!

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How to Improve Your Self-Confidence When Speaking to Groups, with Andrew Vargas-Delman
May
16
12:00 PM12:00

How to Improve Your Self-Confidence When Speaking to Groups, with Andrew Vargas-Delman

How to Improve Your Self-Confidence When Speaking to Groups, with
Andrew Vargas-Delman

Do you hate public speaking?

Does the thought of presenting to a group make you sweat and want to hide in some far-away bunker?

Do you wish you could feel more open, free and self-confident in sharing your ideas?

With public speaking being one of America’s greatest fears, learning to speak to groups is one of the best ways to differentiate yourself from your peers and create new opportunities and recognition… and it doesn’t need to be so hard!

In this training, you’ll learn:

-> The 4 elements of self-confidence (and techniques for learning each one)

-> Skills for diffusing the tension and relaxing as you speak

-> How to structure a talk or presentation effectively for your audience

Andrew Vargas-Delman has a passion for constructive, effective and emotionally intelligent communication. As a coach, he guides his clients in building self-confidence, communicating effectively and creating meaningful, satisfying relationships in their personal and professional lives. Entrepreneurs, Millennial professionals and small business owners have used his techniques to increase their income, improve relationships with colleagues and customers, and sharpen their public-speaking skills. An enthusiastic public speaker, Andrew is excited to share his expertise with audiences seeking three things: confidence, connection and communication.

To contact Andrew for individual or group coaching, or to book a speaking event, please visit: http://andrewvargasdelman.com

All lunch & learns are $10 at the door. Click HERE to RSVP.

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Startup Grind Fireside Chat w/ Elizabeth Gore: Recruit & Retain Talent—Find Your C-Suite / Cofounder
Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Startup Grind Fireside Chat w/ Elizabeth Gore: Recruit & Retain Talent—Find Your C-Suite / Cofounder

Elizabeth Gore, President & Chairwoman, Alice

Recruiting and retaining talent, let alone your C-Suite or co-founders, is a challenge these days to say the least, especially in the SF Bay Area. Elizabeth Gore, a seasoned entrepreneur, investor, business advisor and named by People as one of the “Top 100 Extraordinary Women,” one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” and one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Women to Watch” will give a Fireside Chat on this topic Monday April 29 at VenturePad.

THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THIS LINK:
https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-marin-county-presents-fireside-chat-w-elizabeth-gore-recruit-retain-talent-find-your-c-suite-cofounder/

6-6:30 — Networking/reception,

6:30-7:15 — Discussion with Elizabeth

7:15-8 — reception, networking. 8pm close

Elizabeth Gore is President and Chairwoman of the Board for Alice, the 1st-ever AI platform for business owners. Elizabeth previously served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell, where she drove initiatives to support Dell's goals around helping small and medium businesses scale and prosper, fueling the expansion of global entrepreneurship. Elizabeth personally advises the growth of purpose-driven companies such as rideshare commuting company Scoop, and is an investing Limited Partner with the Portfolia fund. She is also part owner in Gore Family Vineyards in Sonoma County. Emeritus Chair of the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, she previously served as the 1st-ever Entrepreneur in Residence for the UN Foundation and VP of Global Partnerships where she founded strategic grassroots efforts such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up, and Shot@Life. A former US Peace Corps Volunteer, she served in Bolivia, South America. Elizabeth has also been a leader at organizations like the Points of Light Foundation, Share Our Strength and the Texas A&M Foundation. She has been featured by multiple media outlets including: ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX Business, Fast Company, Fortune, Glamour, Entrepreneur, People & Time. She is a World Champion Equestrian, a sprint triathlete and runner, and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the global clean water crisis on behalf of the UN. Chairwoman of Rebuild North Bay, a nonprofit leading fire recovery and the rebuild of Northern California after the devastating 2017 fires, she resides in Sonoma County with husband James Gore, a California elected official and has 2 hilarious children.

@ElizabethGore
www.HelloAlice.com
www.TakeScoop.com
www.GoreCountry.Com
www.GoreFamilyVineyards.com
www.rebuildnorthbay.org

Agenda
6:00 PM: Fireside Chat
6-6:30 — Networking / reception, 6:30-7:15 — Fireside Chat with Elizabeth 7:15-8 — reception, networking. 8pm close
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Speaker
Elizabeth McKee Gore - United Nations Foundation

Host
Alejandro Moreno S. - VenturePad (Co-founder / VP Marketing & Operations)
VenturePad Co-founder, a coworking space, meeting center and entrepreneurship hub. Organizer for the Marin Sustainable Enterprise Conference & advisory board member. Formerly managed Venture Greenhouse accelerator. Marin CleanTech Summit & Finance Your Business Summit co-chair. MBA in Sustainable Enterprise with a Wine Industry focu. Critical & Systemic Thinker. Marin resident since 1977.
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Global Partner
Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com)
Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products.

Sponsors
VenturePad (https://www.venturepad.works/)
Coworking & shared office space, meeting room center, event venue, and entrepreneurship hub in San Rafael, Marin County. Resident, open desk, small team startup & corporate memberships available. Share our office space, be a part of our entrepreneurial hub & Marin coworking community.
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Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind).
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LUNCH & LEARN:  Demystifying Social Media Marketing: A revealing look at how to grow your business on social
Apr
18
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH & LEARN: Demystifying Social Media Marketing: A revealing look at how to grow your business on social

Demystifying Social Media Marketing: A revealing look at how to grow your business on social 

Facebook. Twitter. Instagram – the holy trinity of social media marketing. Diving in is easy. Making it work on a daily basis – not so much. Joanne Hernon of Growth Ledge will pull back the curtain on this often mystifying marketing mechanism with tips and tricks that you can use to get started or get growing.

You’ll learn which social media channels are a must for your particular business, tricks to help you reach a wider audience, and she’ll introduce you to some tools that will up your game with a few extra clicks and taps.

Most importantly, you’ll learn how social media can boost your business, create new leads and solidify your brand.

There are over 3 billion social media users in the world. That’s where your customers and clients are. That’s where you should be, too. Join us at VenturePad for an insightful but simple look at social media marketing.

All lunch & learns are $10 at the door. Click here to RSVP.

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Marintrepreneurs — Pitch & Feedback Session
Apr
16
6:00 PM18:00

Marintrepreneurs — Pitch & Feedback Session

This is a peer SUPPORT group for entrepreneurs to practice their business/investor pitch, and get and give advice. 2 startups will be practice-pitching at this event — David Lowenfels for his Pranawave biofeedback app, and Paul Kerns on a cooking show for men!

Beverages and snacks provided.

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

Please RSVP. It is of great value to the larger group to have an accurate count of how many people actually attend each time.

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 for help to improve your business plan, model, pitch, delivery etc.

At each meeting, 1 or 2 people will present their issue, business plan, pivot, or practice their funding pitch, get feedback and whatever else they might need from the group. This is the place to try things out, make mistakes and get feedback for free! Even for those not having the spotlight on a particular week, MUCH is learned from the conversation.

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

$10 donation requested.

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Funding Your Business On Your Terms, Advice from Ken Burke, Master Entrepreneur
Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

Funding Your Business On Your Terms, Advice from Ken Burke, Master Entrepreneur

Most small businesses fail because of lack of capital.

A critical skill is insuring that you have capital to operate and grow. Ken will discuss a range of traditional debt and equity financing, and new alternatives. We'll also discuss how to best match up funding sources based on the structure of your business and your personal and company goals. For equity financing, we'll discuss how to retain as much ownership as possible.

Ken Burke is a speaker, serial entrepreneur, mentor and author. As founder and CEO, Ken raised $47.5M in funding over 4 rounds for MarketLive, a market-leading, enterprise class e-commerce software platform used by major merchants generating $2B in online sales. Ken sold it to Vista Equity Partners in 2016. EntrepreneurNOW!, Ken's current company is an online training platform that addresses entrepreneurs informational and educational needs, through OnDemand video content, a live call-in show, blog posts, one-on-one coaching, and weekly live programming. Ken earned his MBA in Entrepreneurship from the USC Marshall School of Business, which later awarded him Entrepreneur of the Year.

$20 includes wine, beverages and snacks. Click HERE to get your ticket.

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LUNCH & LEARN: Coalesce & Communicate Your Strategy with the Business Model Canvas
Feb
7
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH & LEARN: Coalesce & Communicate Your Strategy with the Business Model Canvas

Get your business plan together in a day with the quickest, richest tool out there, the Business Model Canvas, with Chris Yalonis.

A global standard used by millions of people in companies of all sizes, you can use the canvas to describe, design, challenge and pivot your business model. It enables both new and existing businesses to focus on operational as well as strategic management and marketing plans, and to do it collaboratively and quickly.

During this 1 hour introduction to the tool, you will have a chance to actually practice the tool and start to develop a clear, more easily communicated understanding of your business goals and needs.

Presented by Chris Yalonis, cofounder at VenturePad.

VenturePad's founder/president is Chris Yalonis, longtime Marin entrepreneur with 30 years in software development, marketing research and customer development. Chris is a founder team member of 6 start-ups (pre-IPO Autodesk marketing team, Survey Monkey platform co-architect, SaaS, professional services) & advisor to dozens more. Sustainable Enterprise Conference Marin Co-Chair.

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

To RSVP, please click HERE to hold your spot.

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LUNCH & LEARN: How to Think Like Stanford — Standing Out To Get In (From An Insider's POV)
Jan
17
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH & LEARN: How to Think Like Stanford — Standing Out To Get In (From An Insider's POV)

How to Think Like Stanford — Standing Out To Get In (From An Insider's POV), with Rachel Collins

Rachel Collins is a college admissions reader at Berkeley and Stanford. She is also a college consultant working to help students gain admission to their top choice schools, thus she is able to view applications from both sides of the table. 

After making thousands of decisions on who got in and who did not, she reverse-engineered how to help them get admitted. Rachel Collins has been recognized by US News & World Report as one of the Top Ten College Consultants in the US.

Come learn from Rachel about what top schools call ‘‘points of excellence’’, how to arrive at topics that best reveal intellectual curiosity, and what it takes to create a project that reflects your student’s passions in order to land a spot at a dream school. Students and counselors also welcome.

Click HERE to RSVP.

All lunch and learns are $10 at the door.

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Startup Grind Marin Launch – Inaugural Fireside Chat & Holiday Party!
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Startup Grind Marin Launch – Inaugural Fireside Chat & Holiday Party!

STARTUP GRIND MARIN CHAPTER LAUNCH !

Fireside Chat w/ EQUATOR COFFEE CEO/Co-founder Helen Russell; & Holiday Party!!

Please join us for our Marin Startup Grind Inaugural Fireside Chat and Holiday Party for Startup Grinders and VenturePad members!

An RSVP to this event requires that you GET A TICKET through the link at the very BOTTOM of this description.

After a 3 year hiatus for a Startup Grind presence in Marin, we are launching Marin's own chapter of Startup Grind! We'll have a Fireside Chat with national award-winning EQUATOR COFFEE's CEO/Co-founder Helen Russell, followed by an End of the Year Holiday Party!

6p to 6:20 — Informal meet & greet networking
6:20 to 6:30 — Brief intro of Startup Grind & VenturePad
6:30-7p — Fireside Chat with CEO/Co-founder Helen Russell
7-8:30 — Holiday Party
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Speaker
Helen Russell - EQUATOR COFFEES & TEAS (CEO/Co-founder)
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer As a co-founder and CEO, Helen leads Equator forward. Under her leadership for more than 23 years, Equator has grown from a small roaster and wholesale supplier into a national brand known for its values–driven approach, award-winning coffee and impactful action around issues of environmentally sustainable and economic empowerment.

Host/Chapter director
Alejandro Moreno S. - VenturePad (Co-founder / VP Marketing & Operations), Organizer for the Marin Sustainable Enterprise Conference & advisory board member. Formerly managed Venture Greenhouse accelerator. Marin CleanTech Summit & Finance Your Business Summit co-chair. MBA in Sustainable Enterprise with a Wine Industry focus. Critical & Systemic Thinker. Marin resident since 1977.
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Global Partner — Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com)
Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products.
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Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind).
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https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-marin-county-presents-fireside-chat-w-equator-coffee-ceoco-founder-helen-russell-holiday-party-at-venturepad

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LUNCH & LEARN: Completing Big Projects — The Journey from Dream to Delivery, with Don Daglow
Dec
6
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH & LEARN: Completing Big Projects — The Journey from Dream to Delivery, with Don Daglow

What's that big professional project you'd love to do?

It might be a small solo effort or a big team initiative, but it's important to you. Are you working on it now, or does it keep getting put off? Are there big obstacles holding you back?

Don Daglow is a veteran startup CEO (and San Rafael native) who works with executives and companies in North America and Europe on managing major initiatives. In this one-hour session we'll walk through ten questions to ask yourself about your next big planned or existing project. The answers you give yourself will provide a framework for next steps. Many past participants in these sessions have emerged with new ideas and realigned priorities.

In just an hour you'll have the chance to think through your current plans. You'll answer some familiar questions and others you may never have heard before, and your answers will be completely confidential and only for yourself. You're likely to leave with new ideas that you can act on that same day.

You will take away:

* A clear, realistic vision of what you hope to do

* New perspectives on how to manage risk

* A new way to resolve arguments that can make team projects stand still

* A simple way to improve financial projections

* A stronger connection between your personal passions and your priorities for work

BIO
Don Daglow is a three-time Inc. 500™ CEO and 2008 Technical Emmy® Award recipient whose career spans the history of Silicon Valley. Teams have shipped over $1 billion in products under his leadership. Don advises startups and established companies, coaching both new and experienced CEOs, executives and teams in leadership, project management, new operating methods and other issues. His clients range from software startups and a small financial advisory firm to large international publishers. He also serves as an Advisor to the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Don is a native of San Rafael, and graduated from San Rafael High School.

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Money, You and the Holidays, by Susan Shloss
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Money, You and the Holidays, by Susan Shloss

The Money Cafe is a free event that brings community together in a safe, confidential space to talk about the “taboo” topic of money. The holidays can be a stressful time when money issues may surface more than usual. Join us in open dialogue to gain clarity around your feelings and beliefs about money, so that you can open to the *joy* of the season. Bonus: Get some practical tips for navigating the holidays!

Do not RSVP via our calendar.

Click HERE to RSVP!


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Lunch & Learn: Your Heart's Intelligence — Reboot Your Human Operating System
Nov
15
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: Your Heart's Intelligence — Reboot Your Human Operating System

The Intelligence of the Heart — Reboot Your Human Operating System, with Ruth Galván

Although scientists focus on the intelligence of the human brain, it seems that your brain is a minor player. Your heart has a separate, intuitive intelligence. By accessing this Intelligence you can live in a State of Flow, Create Vibrant Health, More Loving Connections With Others, and a Deeper Sense of Purpose in Your Life.

Practicing science-based techniques can increase heart coherence and your ability to self-regulate emotions from a more intuitive, intelligent and balanced, inner reference. We will also learn how coherence is reflected in our physiology and can be objectively measured.

This Lunch & Learn will help you:

 Heal and energize your mind, body and spirit

 Reduce stress (the root cause of disease)

 Increase mental clarity and performance

About Ruth:

I have practiced massage and holistic therapies in the San Francisco/Marin County Bay Area for over 10 years, and I find joy in helping clients relax and heal in body, soul and mind. I received my advance body work therapy training and energetic certification at Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing Arts in 2007. In addition to Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal and Postnatal massage, I am an Angel Intuitive practitioner, integrating the angelic realm in therapies like Reiki, Integrated Energy Therapy and Flower Essences. I am happy to bring my art to your home and consult with you about which form of massage and therapy best suits your needs.

www.violetwingstherapy.com

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Marintrepreneurs — The Amazing Learning Process, w/ Steven Campbell
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Marintrepreneurs — The Amazing Learning Process, w/ Steven Campbell

THE AMAZING LEARNING PROCESS


• Discover how your brain learns from your thoughts and the information you feed it.
• Understand how your brain believes and accepts everything you tell it.
• Learn to think in new ways that will help you make positive life changes.

After working in hospital administration for 20 years, Steven Campbell acquired his Masters in Information Systems and went on to pursue his greatest love…teaching, where he has been a teacher, professor, author and speaker for more than 26 years. He also served as an Educational Dean at Empire College in Northern California. He has spoken to thousands of people in hundreds of audiences all over America.

For more info, or to RSVP, click HERE!

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Marin Sustainable Enterprise Conference
Oct
25
8:00 AM08:00

Marin Sustainable Enterprise Conference

THUR OCT 25, 2018 — TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael, CA 94903

Exhibition program: 8a - 5:30p
Reception: 5:30p — 7p

The all-day Sustainable Enterprise Conference Marin promotes sustainable business practices in the North Bay, provides tools for companies in transition, showcases best practices and best companies, and connects business and community leaders to work on creating more sustainable, resilient organizations and communities. This year's conference builds upon last year's successful inaugural.

For more info click here!

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LUNCH & LEARN: Your Perfect Pitch: How to Sell You! — Terry Graham
Oct
18
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH & LEARN: Your Perfect Pitch: How to Sell You! — Terry Graham

Terry Graham's presentation will teach you how to use a "structured sales call" to sell yourself, guided by the results of a short, fun personality-style quiz (to be completed before her talk!) that will help you understand and leverage your personal style to sell yourself.

IMPORTANT: 
To benefit fully from Terry's presentation take the short online Personality Quiz by Peter Urs Bender BEFORE the presentation so you know your personality style, as defined by quiz results . NO TIME will be allocated to take the quiz during this presentation. 
Link to Personality Quiz:  http://www.peterursbender.com/quiz/quiz.html
 
 ABOUT TERRY GRAHAM:
 
Marin Pros Member Terry Graham has more than 20 years of experience as a marketing, PR, and sales consultant for businesses, professionals and nonprofits. Terry works with principals, executives and professionals to create and implement strategic marketing plans to promote their services. She has published over 200 articles on marketing, written promotional collateral materials for her diverse clientele, and trained hundreds of professionals to effectively use targeted marketing activities to achieve success. 
 
Terry earned her Masters in Mass Communications cum laude at University of Minnesota, a Bachelors cum laude in Spanish and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin, spent her junior year in Madrid, Spain, then worked in Majorca and completed IBM's intensive technical, marketing and instructor training. Before graduate school, Terry worked for a year with the US Army/DOD in Heidelberg, Germany and today has a small nonprofit focused on providing housing options for North Bay vets.

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Marintrepreneurs / Guest speaker Loren Fogelman: Get Paid What You’re Worth – Increase Your Rates without Losing Clients
Oct
9
6:00 PM18:00

Marintrepreneurs / Guest speaker Loren Fogelman: Get Paid What You’re Worth – Increase Your Rates without Losing Clients

Hot seat pitch / followed by…Get Paid What You’re Worth – Increase Your Rates without Losing Clients with Loren Fogelman

A lot of entrepreneurs worry that if they raise their prices they’ll lose business, so they continue to settle for less. That’s because they love what they do and are not in business strictly for financial gain. It’s time to correct the mistaken belief that financial struggle is necessary in order to follow your heart professionally. It’s just not true. 

Clear the roadblocks to financial success. It’s possible for motivated business owners to grow successful businesses without compromising their values.  During this action-packed session you’ll learn:

  • The #1 shift to go from cash struggle to prosperity.

  • 3 simple client attraction strategies.

  • The top 4 things clients value most and will happily pay for.


The keys to get paid what you’re worth are counter-intuitive. Transform the focus from struggle to prosperity and map out the next steps toward creating a profitable business you love!

To RSVP, click here!

More similarities, than differences, exist between business and sports. When speaking, Loren Fogelman, founder of Business Success Solution, reveals the secrets to success by highlighting what happens behind the scenes. As a therapist turned business coach, she’s dedicated her professional life to helping entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals transform challenges and obstacles into opportunities. Loren is author of The Success Solution – Break Through Limiting Beliefs for Business Success, an Amazon bestseller. Recognized as a leading consultant by the LA Times, Loren helps motivate entrepreneurs to grow along with their business. She engages entrepreneurial and professional audiences with insights about how to take action and succeed by teaching reliable principles that lead to significant business growth.

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LUNCH & LEARN: Millennials & Economic Opportunity — Weaving the new multi-generational workforce for greater profitability.
Oct
4
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH & LEARN: Millennials & Economic Opportunity — Weaving the new multi-generational workforce for greater profitability.

Millennials & Economic Opportunity — Weaving the new multi-generational workforce for greater profitability.

There is a lot of fuss about Millennials, people age 18 to 35. People who are Millennials are clarifying who they are, who they want to work with and how they want to work. People who came before Millennials are often saying - "Why are 'they' so different from 'us' and 'How do we change them?"

In this meeting, award winning workforce development leader, Mary Ann Maggiore will share methods that successfully weave the skills, methods and manners of staff and client groups containing Millennials, Baby Boomers and Generation Xers all in one place.

To RSVP, click here!

Bio
Mary Ann Maggiore has one passion: “I am committed to guiding every Millennial into work that is meaningful and lucrative.” Mary Ann founded LAUNCH to make this passion a reality. Her work has been honored by the CA Senate, the CA Assembly and President George W. Bush. A former VP of Girl Scouts, and a much honored professor of History and Politics at Dominican University, Mary Ann is a mother, and the author of Raising a Sane and Successful Teen.

All lunch&learns are $10 at the door.


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Marintrepreneurs:  Stop Stressing — Practical Tips for Reducing Stress in Business & Life with Carrie Williams
Sep
25
6:00 PM18:00

Marintrepreneurs: Stop Stressing — Practical Tips for Reducing Stress in Business & Life with Carrie Williams

Stop Stressing: Practical Tips for Reducing Stress in Business & Life

Stress is a constant in modern daily life. Stress levels in the U.S. are increasing dramatically and are taking the toll on our health, our happiness, our marriages, and our bank accounts. Many times, we blame our stress level on outside forces: a client, the system, the world. It can all seem overwhelming and beyond our control.

In this interactive workshop, we will learn techniques to take back that control, and master our stress levels. Together we will explore the science behind stress, and will discuss the idea that stress is created by our perspectives, and is a result of our choices. We will also share and learn best practices to help reduce, prevent, and cope with stress, including shifting mindset, increasing discipline, and raising your positivity ratio.

To RSVP click here!

About Carrie Williams

Carrie is the founder of Los Angeles based RainShadow Coaching, which is dedicated to helping professionals and companies forge their own living masterpiece, by focusing on the three tiers of fulfillment: professional success, personal growth, and overall well-being. She is an executive coach and facilitator for multiple top ranked law firms and entertainment companies. Carrie is a certified PCC with the ICF (International Coach Federation), and holds a graduate certification in evidence-based coaching from Fielding Graduate University. Carrie specializes in leadership coaching and team development for professionals and entrepreneurs across the globe. Her Amazon best-selling book “Eyes on the Prize: A Kick-Ass Guide to Setting & Achieving G.R.E.A.T. Goals” expands her G.R.E.A.T. Goals program so anyone can tackle their goals at their own pace.

Learn more at http://www.rainshadowchoaching.com/

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LUNCH&LEARN: SEO – Optimize Your Website For Premium Visibility On Google Search
Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH&LEARN: SEO – Optimize Your Website For Premium Visibility On Google Search

On-Page SEO – How To Optimize Your Website For Premium Visibility On Google Search, with ASHLEY RADER

You’ve built a gorgeous, super professional website for your business – congrats! Now comes the fun part, where you have to figure out how to get it in front of the people who need your services – so that it can actually generate leads and new business. In order for your website to come up high on search engines like Google and Bing, you need to understand a little bit about the world of "Search Engine Optimization" (SEO). While there are many factors that will influence your website’s search ranking – one of the easiest places for a business owner to start, is within your own website.

In this one hour lunchtime lesson you’ll learn:

  • How Google determines which local sites to show for a given search

  • How to uncover the “money" keywords that your customers are actually using to look for the services you offer
  • The 4 most important on-page ranking factors
  • How to write your content so that it's both interesting for your readers & relevant for SEO
  • 2 tools for optimizing and tracking your SEO results and rank

All lunch&learns are $10 at the door.

Bio:
Ashley is the owner, designer & online marketing expert for RAD Web Marketing, a Petaluma-based web design and digital marketing agency that has served hundreds of clients since 2004. Ashley found her passion within the digital marketing world after building her first website at the age of 25, and single handedly growing it into a multi-million dollar eCommerce business in less than 3 years. Ashley helps small businesses and entrepreneurs grow their businesses by creating high converting websites and effective digital marketing strategies that get results. Learn more at www.radwebmarketing.com.

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Marintrepreneurs: Seeking Hot Seat pitch / Guest speaker SEO expert Ashley Rader
Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

Marintrepreneurs: Seeking Hot Seat pitch / Guest speaker SEO expert Ashley Rader

HOT SEAT PITCH available for next meetup. Please email chris@venturepad.works if you'd like to pitch .

PLUS! Guest speaker SEO expert Ashlee Rader!

The busy FALL season is here, sleepy summertime is over! Time to gear up, get focused and take your business to the next level. We are focusing on hot seat pitches followed up by business sharpening skills for you!

This next meetup will be a 20 minute hot seat pitch, plus 20 minutes feedback from the group. Then a short break, then Ashley Rader will speak for 1 hour on:
SEO – Optimize Your Website For Premium Visibility On Google Search

For more info and to RSVP, click here!

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LUNCH&LEARN: Understand Your Money Types to Open Your Flow of Prosperity, with Susan Shloss
Sep
6
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH&LEARN: Understand Your Money Types to Open Your Flow of Prosperity, with Susan Shloss

Understand Your Money Types to Open Your Flow of Prosperity.

Is your Warrior in charge of your business finances or is the Innocent hoping that someone else will manage the details?  

Are you letting the Magician inspire your actions or is the Tyrant blocking the flow of abundance?

Many business owners have patterns around money that repeat in spite of their desire to change.  You might recognize yourself in one or more of the following:

  • Spending beyond your means and using credit cards to make ends meet
  • Overspending to ease stress
  • Underearning or undervaluing your skills and talents
  • Feeling undue stress about money, no matter how much you are making
  • A sense of overwhelm or vagueness when it comes to financial details

Money coaching helps to identify the underlying causes of your money patterns, opening the door to transformation.  In this session, you'll learn about the 8 Money Types that influence your relationship with money and can make or break your business success.  Join us for a fun and enlightening presentation where you will open the door to a breakthrough in your money life.

Click HERE to RSVP.

BIO:
Susan Shloss is a Certified Money Coach®.  In the 90’s she worked as an investment specialist and operations manager at Charles Schwab. After leaving the corporate world, she trained in several healing modalities and became certified as a yoga teacher. In 2005 Susan started a bookkeeping business which has had 6-figure revenues for the past 4 years.  She now has a team of bookkeepers who are freeing her to pursue her passion of helping others break through their blocks to abundance.  With her long background in both the financial services and healing arts worlds, and her lifelong meditation practice, Susan helps people navigate money and emotions with insight, clarity, and compassion.

Contact info:
Susan Shloss, Certified Money Coach
Phone 415-497-0277
moneywisdomcoach.com

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The High Cost of Living in Marin — What It Means To Solopreneurs
Aug
21
12:00 PM12:00

The High Cost of Living in Marin — What It Means To Solopreneurs

  • 165 North Redwood Drive San Rafael, CA, 94903 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

LLM BB Speaker Series:

The High Cost Of Living In Marin — What It Means To Solopreneurs

by Linked In Local Marin

Panelists:

Robin Sternberg, CEO of Marin Economic Forum

Jon Haveman, Economist and Principal at Marin Economic Consulting

Chris Yalonis, CEO and Cofounder of VenturePad

Program:
The high cost of living in Marin County—and the Bay Area in general—is difficult for all of us who live and work here, but may be especially difficult for solopreneurs because they must divide their time between new business development and delivery of services to existing clients. This panel will look at how high are the costs of living in Marin County, examining trends in the economy, traffic, housing, employment, commuting, and how rising housing costs affect the economy, jobs, etc. This will be followed by a specific look at our burgeoning solopreneur community and what is needed for solopreneurs in Marin County to thrive in this environment. We’ll also have time to take questions from the audience.

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LUNCH&LEARN — Heather Picard: 8 STEPS TO MASTER YOUR CASH FLOW So You Can Relax & Grow Your Business.
Aug
16
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH&LEARN — Heather Picard: 8 STEPS TO MASTER YOUR CASH FLOW So You Can Relax & Grow Your Business.

8 STEPS TO MASTER YOUR CASH FLOW So You Can Relax & Grow Your Business, with Heather Picard.

AN INTERACTIVE TALK WITH CASH FLOW COACH, HEATHER PICARD.

- Is having enough cash in the bank a constant struggle?

- Do you worry how you’re going to pay your bills on time?

- Do you pay everyone else first and wind up with little for yourself?

- Do you wish you understood your finances so you could grow your business?

Join Heather to learn how to:

-USE A CASH FLOW REPORT TO MANAGE YOUR MONEY

-GET PAID SOONER FROM CUSTOMERS

-PAY YOURSELF REGULARLY

-CREATE A CASH SAFETY NET

Click HERE to RSVP!

Heather Picard is a Cash Flow Coach who is committed to helping small business owners transform their relationship to money so that they can free up their cash flow, grow their companies and follow their dreams. She is also co-owner and CFO of Equinox Landscape an award-winning sustainable landscape company in Sonoma and Marin County. She uses her financial expertise and astute coaching skills to help her clients navigate the details of small business finance, run a strong organization and ultimately create the life they’ve always wanted. She can be found at coach@heatherpicard.com, or fueling her passion on the dance floor.

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MARINTREPRENEURS: Better BUSINESS Photos…with the CAMERA YOU HAVE! w/ Tyler Chartier.
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

MARINTREPRENEURS: Better BUSINESS Photos…with the CAMERA YOU HAVE! w/ Tyler Chartier.

Guest speaker: commercial photographer Tyler Chartier teaches you how to make better use of the equipment you already own to create photos that tell your business' story with more compelling messaging. Join us! 

From cell phones to DSLRs, we have unprecedented access to excellent photo making tools! Tyler will share his knowledge about the essential elements of creating compelling photographs:

  • Why do so many of our photos fail?
  • The storytelling mindset
  • Visual mass and the balanced image
  • Finding and using great light
  • Tips and tricks for staging the scene
  • How to get the best color from your camera

Tyler Chartier is a commercial photographer based in Petaluma who helps companies connect with their customers through photography. Beyond Tyler’s technical skill as a photographer, his understanding of branding and marketing helps him create photographs that emotionally resonate with your clients’ audience.

“If I hear ‘What a fantastic photo!’ in a way I’ve failed. My perceived role as a photographer should be subtle, if not invisible. When I hear ‘That’s an amazing space!’ or ‘I would love to talk to her!’ then I’ve told the story.” — Tyler Chartier

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BIO: Curious. Obsessive. Passionate. Commercial photographer by day + father by night. For work, Tyler shoots architecture, products and people for regional and national companies – and he shoots almost anything for fun. Combining a passion for the process of photography with intense curiosity, Tyler helps his clients tell their stories to create strong connections with their people. Outside of work Tyler spends as much time as he can with his wife and two boys. Together they love hiking, biking, backpacking, skiing, and building things – most recently a 17′ lapstrake dory. You’ll run into Tyler around town in Petaluma, San Francisco and occasionally NYC – but you’ll see his biggest smile if you cross paths with him outside in one of Sonoma County’s amazing parks or on the Tomales Bay.

Learn more at www.tylerchartier.com

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Pro Blues Jam with The B Street Project
Aug
7
3:30 PM15:30

Pro Blues Jam with The B Street Project

Welcome The B Street Project as they kick off Pro Blues Jam in the first set.

Come play, sing & dance with this tight Marin band at the gorgeous Fenix nightclub. Feel the beautiful vocals, rock, rhythm & blues! Maggie Moshy and Brad Curtis on vocals, Scott Sherman on harp, VenturePad cofounder Chris Yalonis on drums, Jim Collier on guitar, Espen Skaar on bass, and Charlie Theobald on keys. It’s jam night, so bring your axe and sit in, sing with us, express yourself, and simply take it all in. Local talent and special guests are invited to join in during the second set.

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