Entrepreneur Social Club at historic venue NOVA 535 in downtown St. Pete, Florida every Thursday night since 2009

Popcorn and Pitches at historic venue NOVA 535 in Downtown St. Pete

Popcorn and Pitches at historic venue NOVA 535 in Downtown St. Pete

Every Thursday night, since 2009, we meet, most always at my historic venue NOVA 535 Unique Event Space, located in beautiful downtown St. Pete, Florida, for the Entrepreneur Social Club, aka the ESC. We spend the first 30-45 minutes drinking, socializing and schmoozing, in a fun, casual atmosphere, before we sit down for the meeting. Our rules are simple, NO religion NO politics, just come and enjoy a fun and productive couple of hours with like minded Entrepreneurs – from ideas and start-ups to Billion $ businesses. NO need to register, just check the MEETING LOCATION (most always at NOVA, occasionally offsite when NOVA 535 is booked for private wedding or event).

Entrepreneur Social Club at historic venue NOVA 535 in downtown St. Pete, Florida every Thursday night since 2009

We always do dinner after ESC. This is time for more drinks and lot’s of deeper conversations, laughs, socializing and more tom foolery – especially when there’s an after party, or the rare yet EPIC after after party – of course no photos allowed then!

Dinner tonight, February 11, 2016 was at Acropolis located at 515 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. We visit here several times a year, as there are large group tables (important!) full liquor bar (also important!) good food and a fun atmosphere. Plus I’ve created a napkin throwing game that ALWAYS DELIGHTS the group. We Entrepreneurs need to blow of steam and laugh and relax. We’re the ones solving the world’s problems, so an occasional break is well warranted.

The octopus appetizer at Acropolis is amazingly delicious!

 

Entrepreneur Social Club at dinner in downtown St. Pete, Florida

Sara “Always Smiling” MacQueen of Big Fish Mobile Apps. We finally understand what Sarah does (we helped her tremendously with her pitch, bravo to you Sara!!) =D

Entrepreneur Social Club at dinner in downtown St. Pete, Florida
Sara MacQueen of Big Fish Digital taking the first taste of the Fire heated cheesey thing – yummy!

Lauren Russek  (below left) was touring NOVA 535 for an event when Nick suggested she attend the ESC, to help with her start-up idea. Smart move Lauren! Next to her is Gina Tracy of Imagine Root LLC “Artful Design to Ignite your Brand”. Gina rolled in with an fabulously designed business card, bravo! The good looking gent below is my long time pal Darcy Raymond, who spent the last decade with the Tampa Bay Rays Baseball organization, plus teaching at USF, he’s now out exploring the marketplace – shopping his awesomeness! Darcy is amazing!!

Entrepreneur Social Club at historic venue NOVA 535 in downtown St. Pete, Florida every Thursday night since 2009

Entrepreneur Social Club at historic venue NOVA 535 in downtown St. Pete, Florida every Thursday night since 2009

Above is Sarah, Big Nick Mazeika and newcomer Kyle Labit. Welcome Kyle!

Entrepreneur Social Club at historic venue NOVA 535 in downtown St. Pete, Florida every Thursday night since 2009

Yes I run the meetings AND act as club photographer, not too bad off of my Galaxy NOTE 5, no time for editing (so be kind!) =D

Below are 3 newcomers, from left to right, Miss Best Popcorn Ever Dee Spiegler (thanks for the delicious popcorn samples!!). Dee is passionate about helping others and has found unique and tasty ways to help charities raise $$. Next is local St. Petersburg College student Trenton Dobert, studying software, who Googled “St. Pete Entrepreneur clubs” and of course found us. Finally super mom Tabrisha Ruby, recently down from Kentucky. A warm and sunny Entrepreneur Social Club welcome to you all!

Entrepreneur Social Club at historic venue NOVA 535 in downtown St. Pete, Florida every Thursday night since 2009

All of the newbies, except Gina Tracy, needed some to a lot of help with their pitches and business cards. Here is a previous post about the Books I Keep Recommending for the Beginning Entrepreneur, they are several of the ‘must reads’ for all Entrepreneurs!  Also in attendance was super star journalist Keith Long (remember to hire a designed for your business cards), welcome back Keith.

Entrepreneur Social Club at historic venue NOVA 535 in downtown St. Pete, Florida every Thursday night since 2009

Above is our longtime member, and  Miss positivity and great energy herself, Miky Gray! She’s starting a drone photography company with her son Alex, The Big Picture Drone. Best always to you Miky!

Below is former Hungarian hockey player, and Entrepreneur Daniel Zoltan Nyiri (below), owner of the USA  market for 4U-Fitness, who certainly eats like superman. His fitness program and technology is amazing (I’ll be trying it this month myself), as their website states “Customized Personal Training with the Latest Technology in Fitness! Experience the Best 20 Minute Workout in The Country!

Entrepreneur Social Club at historic venue NOVA 535 in downtown St. Pete, Florida every Thursday night since 2009

We discuss many things at ESC, each week is unique, both with people attending and the “modules’ that I open up for questions / discussion. This week we touched on what’s New and Interesting:

Apps & Websites:

Fiver.com  (not new but still cool)

Raspberry pie = mini computer

Steam = cloud gaming platform

http://upwork.com  (a freelance work site)

http://www.magicleap.com/#/home  (one fo our members, Tony is part of this incerdible company, TONY!!)

Entrepreneur Social Club at Acropolis for Dinner downtown St. Pete

Books:

You Are a Bad Ass

The Power of Habit

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future  (I’m reading this, excellent!)

Chuck Klosterman – Downtown Owl

Future Crimes  (A MUST READ!!)

Film & TV:

Occupied

Dog Tooth

The Expanse

The Big Short  (excellent!)

The Martian (Book and film both excellent, a rarity!)

Entrepreneur Social Club at dinner in downtown St. Pete, Florida

Entrepreneur Social Club at dinner in downtown St. Pete, Florida

Entrepreneur Social Club at dinner in downtown St. Pete, Florida

Hope you enjoyed this slice of our weekly Entrepreneur Social Club, titled Popcorn and Pitches. When you are here in sunny downtown St. Pete, Florida on any Thursday night, JOIN US!!

 

Michael Scott Novilla

Hello, I’m Globetrotting Entrepreneur Michael Scott Novilla, lucky enough to have visited 91 countries in search of the world's best parties!! As the founder of my world-class venue NOVA 535, I have produced over 2,000 Live Events. Check out my hilarious first book, It's 5 AM Go Home, a fun to read guide to producing your own amazing, 5-Star, party, wedding or event! If you're in the neighborhood, come visit me at NOVA 535 on Thursday nights in beautiful downtown St. Pete, as I host my Entrepreneur Social Club, an always fun and productive evening! Thanks and good luck to us all! Michael@MichaelSNovilla.com

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