Rio Street Art Tour with Nina

Rio Street Art Tour with Nina

Rio Street Art Tour with Nina, one of our newer Entrepreneur Social Club members!

I did something unusual today. On a sunny August 14, 2017, here in Rio de Janeiro. During my world travels and adventuring, the exploring of street art murals and graffiti, down the alleys and around the city streets, I typically do this alone. Solo. Like I did in Athens and in Medellin. So I can walk and explore at my own pace. Rare quiet time. Time to think, to contemplate and enjoy. Well, I decided to take the smart advice of my new pal Tom Le Mesurier, the founder of Eat Rio, whose tour I enjoyed just a few days ago. Yummy! So when in Rio de Janeiro, spend the afternoon with Tom. He said that if I enjoyed street art, which I MOST certainly do, then I MUST take a tour with Nina. Thanks Tom for your excellent advice!!

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Lele Iturrioz Author of Seasons Within book covers and reviews

YA Author Lele Iturrioz Delights Readers’ Favorite

Fantasy YA Author Lele Iturrioz Delights Readers’ Favorite, winning a 5-Star Review and their Readers’ Favorite Honorary Book Award!

I’m Lele and I’m the author of the YA fantasy series, Seasons Within.” Lele and I “met” through a mutual friend, blossoming Entrepreneur Alejandra Ramirez, a fellow, talented, Mexican. They grew up together, and Ale mentioned to me that maybe I should meet her writer friend Lele. I’m always happy to help, it’s exactly why I created the Entrepreneur Social Club, aka ESC, back in 2009. To help, mentor, learn from and make new, amazing friendships. So I connected with Lele, and offered some free advice. Lele and I did some video chatting, and I walked her through several website and social media improvements, and such. She was great, taking notes, and making many improvements immediately. She’s a busy young lady, seemingly writing all the time! It took me several months, but finally got with Lele long enough for an (quick) interview.

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Drew Edwards Relaunches Brides Against Breast Cancer

ESC member Drew Edwards Relaunches Brides Against Breast Cancer

My pal Drew Edwards, from way way back at University of Florida days, has relaunched the BABC brand and business, Brides Against Breast Cancer, this time as a Social Enterprise Company.  “Since 1997, over 50,000 affordable dresses have been sold around the country raising millions for breast cancer causes.” Drew and I met back in 1988 when I was an unpolished teen, more focused on drinking, smoking weed and chasing the ladies, vs. studying 2nd order derivatives and business calculus. Unfortunately without a passing grade in Business Calc, there was no upper level classes available to me. So luckily, for so many reasons, I found one of those (literally) old-school 8 1/2″ v 11″ papers, (more…)

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Entrepreneurs Who Do More Than Fantasize - ESC at NOVA 535 in DTSP

Entrepreneurs Who Do More Than Fantasize

A table, stretched from end to end of gorgeous venue NOVA 535, is where like-minded entrepreneurs convene each Thursday night in Downtown St. Pete, Florida. At this table is where connections are made, ideas are sparked, businesses expand, and the gears in all of our minds cultivate something beautiful: success. It’s here, at The Entrepreneur Social Club ™ (ESC)  where we produce the next ideas and implement them to help each other grow. These are the entrepreneurs who do more than fantasize. These are the entrepreneurs who actually live their dreams. Thursday, June 30, 2017, ESC Founder, Michael Novilla flew off to his next adventure in South America. That leaves ESC in the hands of myself, Erika Cain, performing artist, speaker, and creative consultant.

Entrepreneurs Who Do More Than Fantasize - ESC at NOVA 535 in DTSP

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Entrepreneurs make things better for everyone here in DTSP at historic wedding and event venue NOVA 535 for our weekly Entrepreneur Social Club networking meeting and social club.

Entrepreneurs make things better for everyone

Hey! It’s Thursday night again, back here in our DTSP venue HQ NOVA 535 for the weekly gathering of the Entrepreneur Social Club (TM). It’s every Thursday night, well except an occasional holiday respite, since 2009. That’s a lot of faces, laughs; oh man, so many laughs. Real long, belly shaking ones that let out the stresses of our working lives. We are the Entrepreneurs, dreamers, business owners, visionaries, mentors, students and start-ups. Those of us who cannot help but to make things better. Smoother, faster, less expensive, more reliable. Or just new. New technologies, new systems, new solutions. That’s us. It certainly isn’t the politician, oh no! In fact club rules EXPRESSLY forbid religion and politics. Because then we all get along, arguing about what’s best, not about what’s just best for me. Entrepreneurs make things better for everyone. Better for all is better for all. Think about that. When things are better, that’s better for EVERYONE. So we take that positive, can do better attitude, for ourselves, our businesses, our customers and for our species, into, through and hopefully well beyond our weekly meetings. This is a time for us to connect, network, regenerate, grow and enjoy. So read on and join us on another ESC adventure!!

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Swarm.City Boardwalk Release for Blockchain Enabled Commerce discussed here at Entrepreneur Social Club in DTSP at historic wedding and event venue NOVA 535 with Cate Colgan #pioneer

Swarm.City Boardwalk Release for Blockchain Enabled Commerce

Thursday June 15, 2017 we welcome back #Pioneer #Visionary Cate Colgan to our weekly Entrepreneur Social Club (TM). We’re back at our headquarters, the historic DTSP venue NOVA 535. Cate’s been working, as usual, on the bleeding edge of things. She’s a force of nature, always sniffing out the newest of the new, leading those around her into the future. Back in 2009, Cate appeared and talked me into our first Tweet-Up. Actually it was one of the first anywhere. Tonight she’s got us tuning into the launch of Boardwalk, by Swarm.City. We’ll learn more about Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain. Let’s call tonight’s story “Swarm.City Boardwalk Release for Blockchain Enabled Commerce.” Title, keyword and URL all gotta match up, ya know!

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Things Hotels Just Gotta Get Right by the Entrepreneur Social Club

Things Hotels Gotta Get Right

No means No! Not ‘Maybe’, nor ‘Sometimes’. It means NO!! Please. PLEASE! This hotel has gotta get it right. Please!! Please hotel peoples, listen here to things hotels gotta get right. That little sign you hang on your door must be very clear. I love the RED for “leave me the F alone!” and GREEN for “yes please come and tidy up my messes.”  Excellent hotels get this concept, like those in Japan and the Kimpton chain, for example.  Others the maids may be banging on your door just to piss you off. Because we know they are way overpaid (sarcasm alert!) for that (mostly) thankless and difficult job. See I owned, before the great crash, 100 apartments, and let me tell you, I’ve done PLENTY of cleaning. Down to the bone clean. So here’s a big

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Sunshine Grind Rain Rain Rinse and Repeat

During a week of much needed summer rain showers, we gathered like massive storm clouds once again, at our Entrepreneur Social Club (TM) headquarters, the historic DTSP venue NOVA 535. Our ESC weekly gathering can offer just the “sunlight and rain” we “wilted” business owners and Entrepreneurs need. Needed dearly after our hectic weeks to refresh, learn and grow. Tonight we saw many lovely, new faces, from all different industries, backgrounds and ancestries. Much of the fun and excitement of our gatherings is welcoming new people, with their unique stories, backgrounds and perspectives. Of course dinner, drinks and the afterparty party also offer us a chance to blow off the proverbial steam! So let’s call tonight’s story, from Thursday June 8, 2017, “Sunshine Grind Rain Rain Rinse and Repeat.”

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A Peek into Our Future with the Entrepreneur Social Club at DTSP historic venue NOVA 535 then restaurant Brick and Mortar

A Quick Peek Into Our Future

A Quick Peek Into Our Future

Thursday May 25, 2017 is another delightful St. Pete, Florida day, though it’s getting hotter fo sho. SUMMER IS COMING!!  (yelled with a Game of Thrones enthusiasm) Yet with the breeze it’s still quite enjoyable. We gather every Thursday since 2009, to schmooze, network, mentor, listen, learn and hopefully get a bit smarter and wiser. The world is changing faster and faster, and even us cutting and bleeding edge Entrepreneurs are having an increasingly difficult time keeping up. We do what we can to keep it all together, yet according to some really, really smart, visionaries, we are likely to get passed by. And bested. By Algorithms. Biology and data are all algorithms. All programmable. But before we get too worked up, let’s grab a drink and some laughs and dig into tonight’s human to human meeting!

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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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