Summertime in Florida is hot and sticky, even here in Downtown St. Pete, aka DTSP, with the cooling breezes off the gulf and bay. So when I can, I escape to somewhere else. Not a vacation, which implies NOT working. Traveling is how I describe it. I know, whaaaa poor me! See we created a digital system to run NOVA 535, my historic wedding and event venue, remotely. NOVA is where most every (physical) Entrepreneur Social Club (ESC) meeting is held. So this week, July 21, 2016, When the Cat was away the mice did play. Play, well mainly some “forgot” to show up for our weekly Thursday night ESC meeting. I mean we’ve only been holding these EVERY THURSDAY night since February 2009. Some habits take longer to sink in I guess…haha! Though some of my favorite meetings have been when there are under 20 guests; it allows for much deeper discussions than where our table is overflowing with 50 and more. Tonight big
Nick “I’m you when you can’t be” Mazeika, NOVA 535’s sales manager and business consultant ran the meeting, THANKS NICK!, while I, Michael S. Novilla (founder and “the Cat”) was away traveling….speaking of, you’re welcome to check out my wild and crazy adventures here . Nick’s been working extra hard lately, and I’m MOST appreciative.
We always pass around and review business cards. Cards, to me, are a boiled down expression of your business. Is it beautifully clear as to exactly what you do? Or is it an unprofessional mess? We offer VERY FRANK advice on how to fix you cards, all the way to fixing your (business) life. Just NO religion nor politics allowed here.
I’ll give a proper shout out to those who did show up and brave our summer heat, though inside NOVA 535 is always cool and refreshing. See we completely renovated NOVA, originally a 1920 5 and dime store, and when we replaced the roof (completely down to new wood, paper, etc., not the “add a roof over the existing bad roof BS many places do”) we included FOUR inches of ISO board. This is a heavy duty insulator that goes between the paper and the roof product; in fact we doubled the 2″ that is recommended. The roofers were “we’ve never done THAT before” and I said “Welcome to NOVA!” So now our venue is insulated like an Igloo cooler, plus of course our multiple 3 phase HVAC systems and 12′ (yes 12 foot) diameter Big Ass Fan, NOVA is chilling!
Christine Fasan our fabulous “I Speak Dog” wonder woman, owner of K9 Holistics, can be reached at (727) 418-3641 or Info(AT)k9holistics.com
GateauOChocolat is by far the healthiest tastiest (and gluten free) flourless chocolate cake you can enjoy! Welcome back Emmanuel Roux! Contact our resident sexy-accented Frenchman at 727-251-1879 or via emanroux(AT)aol.com
Katie Hassan of Southwestern Consulting can be reached at (727) 434-0763 or via Khassan(AT)southwesternconsulting.com.
By now you may be asking why the (AT) vs “@”…? Chris Jenkins, our web guru, educated me that this helps keep those &*#@% Spam Bots from pulling the emails off our website and spamming us into oblivion. Thanks Chris! PS These ‘bots’ keep getting smarter, so Chris will have to LMK if this is still effective.
D’Arcy Muller of Acorn Interactive can be reached at (619) 778-5651 and Dmuller(AT)acorninteractive.com
Daniel Nyiri our male model / fitness gurs and owner of 4U Fitness is found at (773) 969-0128 and Daniel(AT)4u-fitness.com
Jeff Sassano of Anytime Concierge (welcome back Jeff!) (412) 716-1453 and Jeff(AT)anytimeconcierge.com
Jacob Chak is a newcomer, welcome to the ESC Jacob, his website Jchack.com and (352) 299-0970 Me(AT)jchak.com. Jacob, please create your ESC member profile via https://entrepreneursocialclub.com/join
Bob Linde our favorite herbalist (and more!) of Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies can be reached (to improve your health and wellness, CALL HIM!) (727) 551-0857 or via Bob(AT)acuherbals.com
Renee Prince another newbie, WELCOME Renee! She is with Traditions Schools of Herbal Studies, reached at (727) 460-9192 and ReneePrinceHerbalist(AT)gmail.com. Renee, please create your ESC member profile via https://entrepreneursocialclub.com/join
Joe Hamilton of Big Sea Design can be reached at (727) 386-8031 or via Joe(AT)bigseadesign.com
Dan Novello, Novello CPA is our resident CPA and can be reached at (727) 525-9110 or via NovelloCPA(AT)aol.com. Dan does need to update his email to gmail, with masking so it’s more like [email protected].
I see several more charming faces than the attendance roll that I received indicated. I’m sure next week it’ll be perfect. And a quick thanks to Audrey’s mom Eileen who is a world-class realtor here in #DTSP and is advertising their new VELA Condos in case you or a friend wants to live here in the best downtown on the planet!
Since I wasn’t there this week and Audrey had to leave early, I don’t know where dinner was (we always eat at one of our excellent local DTSP restaurants, plus continue drinking, laughing, learning; digging into much deeper conversations and deal making.) nor do I know about the after dinner drinks…maybe at Ruby Elixir’s Jazz Club or possibly the infamous after-after party?? We do have the word SOCIAL right in our name! If you haven’t enjoyed the “S” in ESC, show up and you’ll find out quickly!
A big THANK YOU to Audrey Jennifer, our new ESC Ambassador! Once Audrey creates her profile, I’ll be able to share that too, though I doubt you missed her: tall, beautiful, full of smiles and GREAT energy. Thanks Audrey! (PS make sure to get everyone’s name and email from each ESC. The regulars will try to skip this, but it’s how we keep track AND how we email everyone the blog afterwards.) Nice photos Audrey!
Join us here online and weekly, every Thursday Night from 6pm to 8:30 pm at NOVA 535, then dinner and drinks immediately afterwards. Occasionally we are off site (due to private wedding or event at NOVA) OR like this week, July 28th 2016 we have a special event that the members AND THE PUBLIC are welcome to join.
This week July 28, 2016 is St. Pete Healthy Lifestyles hosted by Mika Rotunda. JOIN US!! We Entrepreneurs need to stay healthy as WE are the MOST IMPORTANT people in our organizations. And it shouldn’t matter if the Cat was away…but it always seems to! Why is that?