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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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.

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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 another 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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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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2016 Accomplishments We Are Most Proud Of

As I was wrapping up a pre-ESC business meeting, Shaun Rubrecht, who left 15 months ago on a 30 day trip to Thailand, yup you read that correctly, walked back into the club. Wowzers! Shaun, seated below front left in purple dress shirt, caught the “4-Hour Work Week” bug – if you haven’t read it yet, do so. Also read Entrepreneur Revolution by Daniel Priestly. It is another great book to frame how we Entrepreneurs think and act. Welcome back brother!! Tonight’s (December 1, 2016) theme is “2016 Accomplishments We Are Most Proud Of”. So let’s jump right into the Entrepreneur Social Club hosted again here at HQ – DTSP historic venue NOVA 535.

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2016-11-17-entrepreneur-social-club-at-souzou | Fish, Facials and New Entrepreneurial Friends

Fish, Facials and New Entrepreneurial Friends

This week, Thursday November 17, 2016, at Entrepreneur Social Club, we met at one of our favorite spots, Souzou Asian Fusion Restaurant, and it was perfection per usual!

Mixed in with the fun group of our regular attendees were some intriguing new faces, and we sure enjoyed getting to know them. David Esposito from Gold Lens Media joined us with his lovely wife, Chelsea (who just so happens to be a technical “mistress” by trade, but that’s another story).  David was excited to know more about the ins and outs of brand development. He reached out for recommendations for outsourcing marketing and design, and our members were quick to provide a multitude of avenues for David to choose from. Oh, and by the way, who am I? I’m Audrey Jennifer, artist, yoga instructor, ESC and DTSP promoter, plus Hostess and Photographer for ESC! Yup, I’m one busy busy lady!

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Milling Around DTSP with Boxes Full of Flavor

By the time I rolled into NOVA 535 for tonight’s Entrepreneur Social Club meeting, yup it’s Thursday night again, November 3, 2016 to be exact-O, there were already several members milling around the bar. For reasons to be discovered, we’ll call tonight, “Milling Around DTSP with Boxes Full of Flavor”. Other members were already at the meeting table, chatting away. I was running a bit late, you know, busy BUSY Entrepreneur and all that. Our delightful neighbors, Alin Leslie and Caylin McDonie of Dollylocks Salon, the really cute, modern and organic salon just a few stores down the south, were in the house. Yeah! Plus, I spied several new faces awaiting their first ESC experience. Guess it’s time to get things rolling for another fun and productive night of networking, schmoozing, drinking, learning, growing and Tom Foolery! (Love Sheri Kendrick chewing on Tony’s head!)

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2016-10-13-entrepreneur-social-club-at-the-queens-head | Dinner and a Meeting with The Queen

Dinner and a Meeting with The Queen

This week’s Entrepreneur Social Club, held Thursday Night October 13, 2016, was a blast for everyone involved. We had some very interesting newcomers that sparked intriguing conversation that soared as we enjoyed a new atmosphere, for the actual club meeting, at The Queen’s Head. Located at 2501 Central Avenue, DTSP (aka DownTown St. Pete), TQH (Ring em up and ask for the Queen 727-498-8584) is certainly an ESC favorite restaurant and bar. We eat here often after our meetings, which are typically held at wedding and event venue NOVA 535. The turnout this week was wonderful, counting to about 30 group members in attendance, and it was clear that each person was intrigued by and benefited from the topics offered for discussion. Let’s call it Dinner and a Meeting with The Queen. (more…)

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Sheri Kendrick is a Little Light of Ours

Another beautiful Thursday evening here in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, and October 27, 2016 brings the weekly Entrepreneur Social Club Meeting. This week our home base, historic venue NOVA 535, was booked for a wedding. Luckily one of our favorite members, photographer and charity Little Light Of Mine founder Sheri Kendrick, offered up her 2542 central Avenue, DTSP space. Coincidentally it was her birthday – Happy Birthday Sheri!! Sheri Kendrick is a little light of ours!! Conveniently next door at 2444 Central Avenue is fellow ESC member Mandy Keys, with her delightful Community Cafe. A cafe perfect for coffees and other yummy hot and cold beverages, brews and ciders, plus a healthy, tasty menu for lunch, dinner and late night dining! Check out their game night! Thanks Mandy for sharing some chairs with us; and mmmm that caramel coffee of yours was delish!

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