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.

Headshots Splits and The Galley tonight with the Entrepreneur Social Club in Downtown St. Pete at historic venue NOVA 535

Yup that’s me still holding splits…

Headshots Splits and The Galley tonight with the Entrepreneur Social Club in Downtown St. Pete at historic venue NOVA 535
Roger Curlin Founder of Club Savor
Headshots Splits and The Galley tonight with the Entrepreneur Social Club in Downtown St. Pete at historic venue NOVA 535
Keith Widmer Acclaim Plastics
Headshots Splits and The Galley tonight with the Entrepreneur Social Club in Downtown St. Pete at historic venue NOVA 535
Tony LaPorta of TonyLaPorta.com
Headshots Splits and The Galley tonight with the Entrepreneur Social Club in Downtown St. Pete at historic venue NOVA 535
Tony Michaelides
Headshots Splits and The Gallery Entrepreneur Social Club at DTSP venue NOVA 535
Beautiful Vanessa Baker, Bartender Extraordinaire
Headshots Splits and The Galley tonight with the Entrepreneur Social Club in Downtown St. Pete at historic venue NOVA 535
Matt Horwitz of LLCunviersity.com
the lovely Niajae

Tonight’s meeting recap:

Matt Horwitz founder of LLCUniversity.com was in real estate but wanted to travel, so he created a website in 2010. Then living in Pennsylvania, he became friends with the #1 guy in this industry, deciding to make things free (freemium model); and growth exploded. About 90% of visitors to his site don’t pay anything, they get referrals. Keith Long asks if Matt will disrupt the industry, Matt answers maybe in 10 years. Matt also mentions that there is a lot of shady practices; he ultimately wants to influence the industry for the positive – to be more transparent. He’s enjoyed helping people and has found that his being on the internet (vs. local services) he can scale and make a little on a much larger volume. He’s more interested in building a brand instead of just making $ on transactions. Matt found our ESC via Google search. Welcome Matt!

COMMENT: Trust is important and giving away knowledge to help build trust.

I asked about my new venture, currently in start-up mode, CustomerServiceCollege.com. Should we offer 1st video of series for Bartending, Service, Etc., then charge for the rest? ESC responded “Who is writing the check? The hotels / restaurants?” We discussed offering certifications, and much more.

Roger Curlin of ClubSavor  has created a database of certified, qualified, trained service staff. Roger cold pitched each restaurant in person and got 30 restaurants to start on faith. Says he needs to get to 2500 to Break Even.

Chris Jenkins reminds us that we Need to build authority. Use Treehouse or LYNDA.

Headshots Splits and The Galley Entrepreneur Social Club in DTSP

Dinner tonight was a The Galley at 27 4th Street North, Downtown St. Pete.  727-575-7071

Feedback on the Club Savor flyer:

Matt suggested brand image and call to action lost, too busy. Pitch = Half Off entrees and alcohol for you and a guest, all day every day. $29.95 / month. Suggestions =  put the $29 front and center, swop the above the fold on home with the JOIN NOW page.

Phil Peyton with Tour St. Pete:  My wife and I like to  travel and take tours so we bought a fleet of electric bikes. We advertise socially, Instagram,  Viatour with TripAdvisor (owned by tripadvisor), etc. It’s 16 & up to ride, beach cruiser with a battery for a beautiful, fun guided tour along our DTSP waterfront. Typically last about 3 hours.  His “niche” that it’s a tour on a electric bike. Nick Mazeika suggested talking to the local concierges. Tourstpete.com we suggest staying outside of owning bikes, use the BYOB.  Give away videos of the tours, use mic’d up videos of the actual tours…with the content showing the hidden gems.

OK, I’ll tell the newbies, be WARY of the ESC Afterparty…

Enjoy all the photos from tonight, share and tag #EntrepreneurSocialClub and #NOVA535. Invite your Entrepreneurial friends and associates to join us any Thursday night, just check EVENTS for exact meeting location. Until then, smile, be nice, work hard and follow the path of continuous improvement!

 

Michael Novilla

Born on April Fools Day in St. Pete, Florida, I’ve always loved learning, exploring, and making things better. Since completing my MBA in 1993, I’ve bought, renovated, and leased over a hundred historic buildings. Along the way, I realized my hometown deserved a unique event space, so I built a world class venue called NOVA 535, which I’ve run since 2008. In the process, I developed “The NOVA Way”, a system of continuous improvement for business. In 2009, needing the company of like-minded folks, I created the Entrepreneur Social Club, a network of business owners from around the world who meet every Thursday to collaborate, mentor, and share knowledge. Now, traveling around the world (65 countries and counting), I’m using the expertise I’ve gained from throwing over a thousand 5 star weddings, parties, and events to consult with business owners worldwide, showing them how to achieve world class service and operations in their business. My first book “It’s 5AM Go Home!” gives step by step guidance on how to throw amazing events, and the soon to be launched Customer Service College will provide formal coursework for business owners who want to achieve 5 star service. I’ve discovered we all face the same problems, and that when we work together, we all win. So let’s work together! Michael@MichaelSNovilla.com