Michael Novilla, NOVA 535

About 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 (87 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 5 AM 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

About NOVA 535

From Startups to Gurus, the Entrepreneur Social Club [tm] is where FUN meets PRODUCTIVITY, every Thursday night since 2009!


Xpress Yourself

Let’s Xpress Yourself tonight, with your movements, words, actions, business and playing cards, your dinner and drink choices, and whether you follow me along to the after party.  Let’s see if you can hang with el Globetrotter!! OH and welcome to the Entrepreneur Social Club [tm], the ESC is open and it’s time to Xpress Yourself!! (Just keep the religion and politics out.)

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The Future of Back in the Day

Unfortunately, or not, I’ve still gotta experience, organize, type and publish my stories here, old school. Ish. Like “Back in the Day,” I’m still taking photos with a physical camera, editing them on my computer, and typing these words on a frustrating keyboard. One that I still have to look at here and there for the correct keys. Liquid Paper and 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, plus those maddening printers are gone from my desk, but typing and thinking and crafting a story are still the same as Back in the Day. So tonight we discuss the future and what “back in the day” means to us all. 

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Entrepreneur Social Club downtown St. Pete at venue NOVA 535 discusses Leaving Our Legacy

Leaving our Legacy

Hey, I’m Globetrotting Entrepreneur Michael Scott Novilla, traveling our planet, ( see where I’ve been) connecting and mentoring my fellow Entrepreneurs. While I’m home in Sunny St. Pete Florida, I enjoy hosting my weekly Entrepreneur Social Club [tm], held most always at my historic Downtown St. Pete venue NOVA 535. Tonight is Thursday, March 28, 2019, and we are back here inside my 100-year-old brick building, the ESC HQ,  NOVA 535. It does feel good to be home. Let’s see what we got into tonight, including a most interesting discussion about leaving our legacy.

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2019 03-21 NOVA Comedy Night downtown St. Pete at NOVA 535

A Laughter Filled NOVA Comedy Night

The “S” in ESC, stands for Social. A most important part, let’s call it the heart, of our club. Our Social Club. The Entrepreneur Social Club [tm]. So as we gathered once again, at our HQ, the world-class historic downtown St. Pete venue, NOVA 535, we had an extra reason to smile. Tonight, Thursday Match 21, 2019, our members strolled in, beginning at 6 pm, sauntering up to the bar, saying their hellos, with warm hugs and welcomes all around. There was an extra crackle of positive energy in the air, as tonight we were anticipating a Laughter Filled NOVA Comedy Night.

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2019 01-03 Globetrotting Entrepreneur Michael Scott Novilla Entrepreneur Social Club

So where am I?

After my mind-blowing, epic 416 days of travel around the globe, I still wake up each day, to the exact same question. So where am I? It’s surreal, exhilarating and momentarily befuddling; then my home bedroom wall comes into focus. Yes, OK, no packing today. I’m back in my hometown, beautiful Downtown St. Pete, Florida. Unsurprisingly, I haven’t found any edges to our globe yet, even after adding all these stops to my globetrotting list…

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416 Days Later Globetrotter Michael Scott Novilla Returns Home to his Entrepreneur Social Club at historic downtown St. Pete venue NOVA 535

416 Days Later Globetrotter Michael Scott Novilla Returns Home

Hello to my fellow Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Dreamers, Start-Ups and Positive Folks, it’s Michael Scott Novilla, the founder of the Entrepreneur Social Club [tm], returning home from an epic 416-day world tour. Our resident Tech Guru Chris Jenkins managed and hosted the St. Pete, Florida chapter of the ESC while I was away, he is most deserving of and certainly get’s my deepest appreciation and gratitude. THANK YOU CHRIS!!

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The Entrepreneur Social Club [tm] presents, Yo Entrepreneurs Tonight We Drink to Hanoi!! Thursday June 21, 2018 hosted by ESC founder Michael Scott Novilla

Yo Entrepreneurs Tonight We Drink to Hanoi

The Entrepreneur Social Club [tm] presents, Yo Entrepreneurs Tonight We Drink to Hanoi!!

Yet another hot, humid Hanoi Thursday night descends upon us, in the lovely north of Vietnam. It’s meMichael Scott Novilla, hosting another of my infamous Entrepreneur Social Club [tm] meetings. The good ol’ ESC. June 21 of 2018 already, the weeks pass like days, the hours like minutes. Things are only gonna get faster and crazier, fo sho, as the Singularity approaches. My head is spinning from the fact that I’ve already hosted 6 ESC Meetings, here in Hanoi, Vietnam, tonight my 7th. May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7, June 14 and tonight’s June 21. I HAD planned on June 28, 2018 as my grande finale, BUT just realized my visa ends June 26 not June 29, so this is it my friends! To celebrate while saying a bittersweet Goodbye. Yo Entrepreneurs Tonight We Drink to Hanoi!!

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I Wanna Be a Hanoi Tour Guide! Discussed at the Entrepreneur Social Club [tm] Thursday June 14, 2018 hosted by founder Michael Scott Novilla, Hanoi Vietnam

I Wanna Be a Hanoi Tour Guide

The Entrepreneur Social Club [tm] discusses what I hear so many people say. I Wanna Be a Hanoi Tour Guide.

Tonight is another hot, sticky and humid Thursday night in Hanoi, Vietnam. IMichael Scott Novilla the founder of the “ESC”, try to avoid this humidity with all my might. Yet here I am, hosting my always fun and productive Entrepreneur Social Club [tm]. It’s June 14, 2018, to be precise, and as 7:00 pm (that’s 19:00) approaches I wonder who will join us tonight..? I promise it’ll be productive AND fun, as it ALWAYS is! Check out the photos and ESC BLOG from last week’s June 7 meeting! Again we gather at TOONG CoWorking, Tầng 3, 8 Tràng Thi, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội. I’ve been hosting this meeting almost every single Thursday night since 2009, and one thing is for sure, I never know exactly how it’ll go. Let’s see…

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Globetrotting Entrepreneur and ESC Founder Michael Scott Novilla and the Entrepreneur Social Club enjoys Scientists Sushi and Splits in Hanoi Vietnam.

Scientists Sushi and Splits in Hanoi Vietnam

Entrepreneur Social Club enjoys Scientists Sushi and Splits in Hanoi Vietnam.

Tonight is Thursday June 7, 2018 and Michael Scott Novilla, that’s me, the founder of the “ESC”, am hosting my always fun and productive Entrepreneur Social Club [tm]. Productive AND fun? Yea!! Check out the photos and ESC BLOG from last week’s May 31, 2018 meeting! Once again we gather at TOONG CoWorking, located at Tầng 3, 8 Tràng Thi, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội. See I’ve been hosting this weekly meeting virtually every Thursday night since 2009. While I’m Globetrotting, fellow ESC member Chris Jenkins our web master and CTO of Symphony Agency handles the St. Pete, Florida meetings. At our HQ, located at my world-class wedding and unique event venue NOVA 535. Here in Hanoi, I’m using MeetUp plus old school style networking, and passing out my business cards. This is connecting me with my fellow like-minded Entrepreneurs. Locals and people visiting from all over. China, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Paraguay, Italy, Spain, Canada, France, and well, you get it. Let’s keep things moving and find out why the Entrepreneur Social Club enjoys Scientists Sushi and Splits in Hanoi Vietnam. (more…)

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Entrepreneur Social Club enjoys the Sweet Chaos of Hanoi Vietnam on Thursday May 31, 2018 with ESC founder Michael Scott Novilla

Entrepreneur Social Club enjoys the Sweet Chaos of Hanoi Vietnam

Entrepreneur Social Club enjoys the Sweet Chaos of Hanoi Vietnam

Tonight is Thursday May 31, 2018 and I, Michael Scott Novilla, the founder of the “ESC”, am hosting my always fun and productive Entrepreneur Social Club [tm]. Fun AND productive you say? Check out the ESC BLOG from last week’s May 24, 2018 meeting! We meet again at TOONG CoWorking, Tầng 3, 8 Tràng Thi, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội. I’ve been hosting the ESC virtually every Thursday night since 2009, and while I’m wandering around SEA, fellow ESC member and Tech Guru, Chris Jenkins runs the ESC in St. Pete, Florida. At my world-class wedding and unique event venue NOVA 535. Here in Hanoi, I’m using MeetUp and a lot of daily networking, plus passing out my business cards like free candy, to help me connect with the like-minded local Entrepreneurs. Let’s find out how the Entrepreneur Social Club enjoys the Sweet Chaos of Hanoi Vietnam. (more…)

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