Clients Are People, Just Like You and I

NOVA 535 is the official headquarters of Entrepreneur Social Club (TM). However, the stunning event venue in Downtown St. Pete, Florida was hosting a fundraiser for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The Queens Head (where happy hour is until 7pm!) so graciously hosted our offsite meeting. Since the founder of ESC, Michael Novilla, was delighting his guests at NOVA, this particular meeting was led by myself, Erika Cain. I am a circus artist, speaker, writer and marketer (Michael calls me the little octopus, as those are just a few of the hats I wear!). It was the first meeting I led, but with such a great group of go-getters, I wouldn’t be upset if I had to do it again! Last week, we were reminded that clients are people, just like you and I.

2017 05-18 ESC at Queenshead in DTSP-1
Dr. Thomas G. Quinlan, Julia Marie, Tony LaPorta, Kathi Harris, and newcomer E.

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Fearless Facials and Hilarious URLs at Entrepreneur Social Club (TM) at historic venue NOVA 535 downtown St. Pete, Florida

Fearless Facials and Hilarious URLs

Fearless Facials and Hilarious URLs

Another beautiful Thursday evening here in sunny Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, aka DTSP. We are gathering for our weekly networking, socializing, drinking, listening and learning; our home away from home. The Entrepreneur Social Club (TM) going strong since 2009. Last week one of our ESC members, the lovely and talented Dona Crowley, held her Luminescence Blacklight Fashion Show and Art Experience during our normal meeting time. Beautiful models painted with blacklight effective body paint, food and music and lots of fun. Well tonight, May 11, 2017, we are back to our “regular” meeting schedule, if “regular” involves fearless facials … so let’s get started!

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Headshots Splits and The Galley Entrepreneur Social Club DTSP

Headshots Splits and The Galley

Headshots Splits and The Galley

Tonight it’s Thursday March 30, 2017, here in beautiful Downtown St. Pete, Florida. We are gathering for our weekly networking, schmoozing, mentoring, drinking, laughing, learning, dining and so much more. Plus some Headshots Splits and maybe even an afterparty! It’s every Thursday since 2009, our group, the Entrepreneur Social Club (TM).  A chance to meet and connect with fellow business owners, Entrepreneurs, and the like minded, where religion and politics are forbidden. A place to discuss and debate the best way to solve problems, to make a better business or process; not a place for bullies nor jerks. A fun place where we all walk away a bit smarter.  Better humans and business people. A place we call home.

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March 16 2017 the Entrepreneur Social Club at historic venue NOVA 535 then further into Downtown St. Pete aka DTSP for dinner at Oyster Bar

Entrepreneurial Magic

It’s another beautiful Thursday night, March 16, 2017, here in lovely downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, what we locals call DTSP. We’re gathering at our gorgeous, historic HQ, St. Pete’s 5-Star wedding and event venue NOVA 535. Where our weekly ritual has taken place since 2009, when the Entrepreneur Social Club, aka ESC, was founded. And Trademarked. So if you are considering creating a social club for Entrepreneurs, be original and find your own name. Dorks!! (Side rant.) Anywho, here we gather to laugh and cry, to share our successes and failures. Plus we enjoy some cocktails from our lovely master bartender Vanessa, and get in some good ol’ fashion networking. When the timing is just right, we enjoy some Entrepreneurial Magic.

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Entrepreneurial Pet Peeves

Entrepreneurial Pet Peeves

Thursday February 23, 2017, another gorgeous “winter” night here in sunny Downtown St. Pete, Florida. Oh how “terrible” our winters are here. Burr!! Ahahhahaa!! Tonight we gather, as we do every Thursday since 2009 for our weekly Entrepreneur Social Club meeting, then dinner and more drinks. A table full of Entrepreneurs, Students, Startups, Mentors and more… who will all air out our Entrepreneurial Pet Peeves tonight!

Entrepreneurial Pet Peeves were discovered at DTSP historic venue NOVA 535

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Octopus bacon at the Entrepreneur Social Club at NOVA 535 in DTSP St. Pete Florida

Octopus Bacon and Boats you Just Cannot Flip

Octopus Bacon and Boats you Just Cannot Flip

Tonight is a spectacularly gorgeous “winter” evening, another near perfect Thursday here in sunny St. Pete, Florida. I’m gearing up for our weekly Entrepreneur Social Club, HQed at my historic wedding and event venue NOVA 535, which happens to be turning 9 years old today! Happy Birthday to Team NOVA!! So much love, passion, tears, hard work, sweat and real $$ equity went into building NOVA 535 out of the ‘ashes’ of a doggie day care and out of about 80 years of bad design decisions. I purchased 535 in the fall of 2005 and we opened February 8, 2009. Wow how time flies! And how tonight we discover and enjoy Octopus Bacon and Boats you Just Cannot Flip!

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shaken and stirred at downtown St. Pete historic venue NOVA 535 for the weekly Entrepreneur Social Club

Our Successes are Shaken and Stirred

Shaken and Stirred. Red or White? Domestic or Imported? Tonight, Thursday January 26, 2017, as our delightful bartender Vanessa enjoys some sin city with her friends, I add to my roles that of Bartender. Luckily, not the first or even 100th time, so we’re in good shape. Not as good when she is around (don’t leave us Vanessa!) but we’ll survive! And yes Art, you can have another Vodka and Soda, just let me put my camera down!

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French Accents Hard Science and Sushi Galore at Souzou Restaurant in DTSP

French Accents Hard Science and Sushi Galore!

Thursday, January 12, 2016 heralds our weekly gathering with the Entrepreneur Social Club, AKA the ESC. We have been meeting every Thursday, sans any major holidays like Thanksgiving, since January 2009.

In the light of a wedding being on schedule for tonight at our DTSP headquarters, historic wedding and event venue NOVA 535, we are offsite for ESC. So we ventured to Suozou Asian Fusion Restaurant to enjoy French Accents Hard Science and Sushi Galore, at 435 5th Avenue North. Call them at 727-823-4050, they are fabulous!

Attendance sometimes dips when we are offsite, and I use the time when I’m sitting there alone waiting for our members for a moment of introspection. For instance, I think: Why are you doing this Michael? Who will show tonight? As I organize my laptop and get my Cannon 6D ready, I ponder what the ESC means to me… Why every Thursday I spend my valuable time and energy on my “charity”, a free social club focused on helping and mentoring my fellow Entrepreneurs.

At this point, the introspection soon gives way to a room full of great energy. A group full of hopes, dreams, business plans, successes and failures, and I’m reminded why I spend my Thursdays with these talented folks. Even if tonight is a more intimate gathering of about 15 or so, it’s a night filled with French Accents Hard Science and Sushi Galore!

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Entrepreneurs are the Bricks and Mortar that hold our World Together in DTSP at venue NOVA 535

Entrepreneurs are the Bricks and Mortar that hold our World Together

Entrepreneurs are the Bricks and Mortar that hold our World Together. So true! Tonight, January 19, 2017, was another gorgeous night here in Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Once again at our Entrepreneur Social Club HQ, NOVA 535.

Lots of newcomers, many returning champions, smiles and great energy all around. Come join us on anther fun and productive night of laughs, learning, drinking, amazing food, and some truly priceless moments! Learn how entrepreneurs are the bricks and mortar holding our world together. Let’s Rock-n-Rolla!

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2016 12-15 Entrepreneur Social Club at NOVA 535-2 Entrepreneurs Bustling with Positive Energy

Entrepreneurs Bustling with Positive Energy

Many new Entrepreneurs bustling with positive energy tonight at ESC.  It’s Thursday, time for our weekly gathering of Entrepreneurs, seasoned business owners, start-ups and students, mentors and those just wanting to make new friends and network at the The Entrepreneur Social Club. That’s Thursday December 15, 2016, here in warm and sunny Downtown St. Pete, Florida. If it’s your first time welcome to the ESC and if not then welcome back!

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