Authors Alleys and the HSN Drip Krown
Tonight, Thursday March 2, 2017, here in beautiful Downtown St. Pete, Florida, was an extra special night for the Entrepreneur Social Club. We were celebrating several successes, including Authors, Alleys and the HSN Drip Krown. Our authors are Daniel Nyiri, owner of 4U-Fitness (below), who along with Stephanie Wynn, are publishing their first books. Congrats! We’ll get into the alley later…. as to other success story of the night it’s from Don “Drip Krown” Kobasky. Don is our infamous high-impact oil on canvas painter turned inventor. Don had to grind it out, using his “never say never, never give up” Brooklyn, NY attitude. Tooth, nail and perseverance was required to get himself on the air at our local King Kong network HSN. Bravo to Daniel, Stephanie and Don!!
Above is my long time pal, and master painter, Don Kobasky, inventor of the DripKrown.com. Don is highlighting the many benefits of his Drip Krown invention, along with the encouraging story of how he turned the no, No, NOs into yes, Yes, YES and success! The HSN Drip Krown is quite a success! Congrats Don!
Above is newcomer Lorie Sarofeen, a makeup artist floridamakeupartist.com. She found the ESC via Startup Week, and has just moved back to St. Pete from Boston. We suggest she talks to Chris Jenkins SymphonyAgency.com for SEO help. Lorie does small FX, film and TV make-up, and is considering destination wedding make-up; but prefers (tv/film) set production work. Welcome home Lorie!
Below is newcomer Angie Millar who is creating a community for people with disabilities. Why? “My younger sister has autism.” ESC member Julia mentioned local Benjamin Franklin Towers (an ALF). Angie informs us that there is nothing local, so they (her and her team) want to model a new community after one in Spokane, Washington. Seated next to Angie is Cory Kimball, who specializes in vintage motorcycle restoration. Nice seeing you both tonight!
Above (left) is my after party party pal Art Guelli of InjuryClaimCoach.com, next to our favorite Harvard Journalist on Call Keith Long. Gents!! Art certainly knows how to pour an excellent glass (or 7) of single malt!
Cody and Joseph are the sharp dressed gents pictured below on the far right, they are founders of Divine Services. From their website, “Divine Services Corp. pledges to provide elegant and prestigious service during each interaction. It is our commitment to professionalism that sets us apart. With great talent, specialized services and culture, we understand what it takes to provide our customers with the best parking and driving services possible.”
Above left to right is Lorie Sarofeen, then Brian O’Connell of Buymeacarusa.com. Next are newcomers Sabina Pjetri and Nora Berishaj, who a are also pictured below with Ms 5DollarFacials.com Julia Marie. Sabina and Nora are creative designers, and so much more, within their family’s woodworking business. They are at the ESC tonight to network, learn and grow. Welcome ladies!! See you all again later tonight during our alley tour.
Pictured above next to Julia (with red hair) is Frank Goldsmith, who creates and sells hair growth products. Next to Frank is a delightful newcomer Sonjia Zehr. Sonjia manufactures industrial parts used in wood waste recycling GrinderWearParts.com. She’s developing new products, and looking for new business connections, plus some social networking. Welcome! Below left is Greg Semick of BodyNutrition.com, welcome back Greg. Hope you enjoyed Brick and Mortar!
Pictured above with Daniel is newcomer Kimberly Wilson who runs a school grade 2 to 8, which her mother created for her, called Lutz Learning Center. Lutz Learning is a 1 acre campus with 160 students, located about 45 minutes north of here. Kimberly wants to revolutionize learning for all kids, as she realized education is the key to humanity’s success or failure. She believes in engaging children. Kim says “You have to empower the teachers! You must shift / pivot and provide excellent customer service.” Kimberly frets that they are missing a transitional plan (into high school).
ESC asks: ” What is your next step? Brick and mortar? Do I franchise? Do I follow the UBER / AirBnB model? Is there any financial assistance available?”
Joseph recommends getting 3 schools up and running, proving the concept, then move to the franchise model.
(Me) I disagree. I think brick and mortar is expensive and limiting, instead she should follow the UBER / AIRBnB model.
We discover that they (Lutz Learning) have a chef in house and follow the whole food diet. That education needs to be customizable, is referred to again and again tonight. Greg Semick recommends keeping it small and elite… and to avoid taking public money. Sonjia suggests creating territories where each school can exist. Frank Goldsmith asks “what type of processes she’s using for teachers certification?” Teachers are chosen first for their passion… there are many ways to teach children a set of skills and kids can learn in many ways. Kimberly adds that her school allows teachers the flexibility to teach kids in the best way for each individual student. I suggest that maybe they need a school for the teachers.
Joseph – there are 4 things you need: PEOPLE, CULTURE, ACCOUNTABILITY, EXECUTION. Art says you need a tight QA process. We can all agree that proper and lifelong education is the solution to our world’s problems. We the ESC are certainly here to help!!
DINNER was (yes again, it’s just that good!!) at BRICK and MORTAR found at 5th Street and Central Avenue.
Join us any / every Thursday night here in beautiful DTSP, that’s DownTown St. Pete, Florida for the always fun and productive Entrepreneur Social Club. No fees nor need to register, just leave your religion politics and unkindness at home! Also if you are planning a wedding, reception, corporate event or celebration, or commercial film / tv shoot, check out NOVA 535 St. Pete / Tampa’s #1 rated venue. Why? At NOVA 535 we LOVE hosting events just the way YOU want them, and we run the 5-Star NOVA Way.