If I had to describe this week’s, July 30th, 2015, Entrepreneur Social Club, aka ESC, in one catchy phrase, it’d be: Why Orange you here with us enjoying the Entrepreneur Social Club?! Huh? The citrus reference will make sense soon enough! Remember that the ESC is our weekly get together, our ever growing family of business owners, students, start-ups, rich and powerful mentors, designers, inventors and Entrepreneurs representing of every industry and corner of the globe. At time where we let off some steam and spend it helping each other. Last night was another fabulous continuation of this, since I founded officially the ESC back in January 2009. It’s most always held at historic venue NOVA 535, though occasionally we are offsite because NOVA is rented for a private event. – ya know – paying down the mortgage, one 5 star event at a time!
After our meeting, which runs from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, we typically wind down a bit at NOVA 535, then make our way to downtown St. Pete, aka DTSP, for dinner, laughs and more drinks. This is where we get to know each other better, business deals are made, friendships formed, many MANY laughs had, stressors relieved and deeper creativity unleashed.
Tonight we ended up at Ceviche on Central Avenue, where we enjoyed delicious Tapas, made with ingredients including Octopus, Squid, Filet, Shrimp, Scallops, Duck, Oysters, Ox Tail, and more. YUMMY!! We were also enjoying their incredible live SOMBRAS FLAMENCAS (JAVIER) FLAMENCO SHOW, which was magnificent! Bravo!!
During the meeting we discussed members Rob and Kerri Stuart’s company http://AllaboardTv.com, which we are all quite jealous of. See, err Sea, they travel all over the world on cruise ships, on the ship’s dime, reviewing and blogging and producing their own TV CRUISE SHOW!! All Aboard TV, plays every Sunday at 11AM on 44 On The Town, on CW 44 in Tampa Bay. They’ve also published a book, Just add Water and are some of the nicest and coolest couple / partners. They are the kind of people we all (secretly) aspire to be – in love, traveling the world, enjoying every second of it AND getting paid for it. Bravo to Rob and Kerri!
We also discussed internet security, which is a MAJOR CONCERN and something most everyone is asleep at the wheel about. One easy way to help keep yourself safe is to utilize 2 Step Authentication for logging onto your sites, like gmail. This makes is much more difficult for your account to be hacked. Not impossible by any means, but like having a large wary dog at your front door.
We also discussed: How important good relationships are , especially your vendors; it’s critical! These are the people you need to count on and over the years, you become like a big family, so remember to always treat your vendors with love, respect and kindness. Sometimes they are all that’s between you and success / disaster. We also mention the book Delivering Happiness. It’s a good read for sure. Also check out the book Future Crimes. SCARRY AND A MUST READ.
Now back to the “Why Orange you here with us enjoying the Entrepreneur Social Club?! “. Well I PROUDLY offer the incredibly smooth and delicious spirits and liquors from the newly opened St. Petersburg Distillery and I decided to give everyone a taste of their award winning Tipper’s Orange. Taste is a relative term, and in most cases tonight that ended up being more than one taste, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. I’m so proud of St. Petersburg Distillery!!!
See I’m born of April 1st, plus an Entrepreneur, so I live outside the “normal box” where most people exist. I’m my own best friend and extremely comfortable inside of my own skin and mind. I LOVE making people laugh and smile, though don’t ever think I’m not 100% professional and serious about my clients and projects, like NOVA 535 Unique Event Space, the Entrepreneur Social Club, our newly upcoming, super cool SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival and my growing online community at DowntownStPete.com. One guy, two unique sides, lots of projects all while having a love affair with my city St. Pete!
Thanks and come see us any / every Thursday 6pm, most always here at NOVA 535. Check our schedule (you do need to have a google account), and good luck to us all!
PS all the photos (that didn’t get deleted, yes Chris you’re welcome!) are here below…enjoy!