BBC Friday 26 October 2012 – “Business Success Story” w/ Arthur Bogard

A Friend of BBC Regular Lee Hoffman, Arthur Bogard, Planetarium Supervisor, will tell the story of Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc.

Digitalis was founded in 2003 by Robert Spearman and Karrie Berglund. Rob had been a software architect, and Karrie was a teacher for Seattle’s Pacific Science Center (PSC). At PSC Karrie taught with Starlab cylinder based systems all over Washington state for many years, and later oversaw the on-site Willard Smith Planetarium and its Spitz 512 starball. Digitalis was the perfect way to combine their knowledge and experience to fill an unmet need.

Digitalis moved into their new headquarters in late April, 2011, former Fire Station No. 1 in Bremerton. They now have enough ‘space’ for their own fixed planetarium which is open to the public with live, interactive shows presented by Digitalis staff. The Pacific Planetarium is a 6.1m fiberglass dome with concentric bench seating for 28 people. Digitalis also organized and hosted the first ever “LIPS: Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium” in August, 2011. They firmly believe in the educational effectiveness of live, interactive programs, and they understand intimately what is required of a system so that planetarium teachers can easily do live shows. (From website

Note – For those unaware that Bainbridge Island has its own astronomical society:

Invite your friends and associates to join us for this exciting event … and another delicious cup of BBC!

Cafe Networking Model: For the opening 1/2 hour (7:30-8:00) before the formal meeting begins we’ll set up individual “cafe” tables allowing for informal small roundtable visiting, networking, open topic discussions. So, try to get to BBC this Friday around 7:30 to give the “cafe” idea a try!

BBC @ OfficeXpats – 403 Madison Avenue N, Bainbridge Island, Upstairs At the Pavilion

7:30-8:00 coffee/tea, visiting, informal networking
8:00-8:45 Arthur Bogard Presentation
8:45-9:00 more networking, sharing, visiting

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BBC Regulars – Upcoming Events

OfficeXpats October Tuesday Workshops – “Free and Cheap Business Tools” Continues

There’re still the final delightful OXp Tuesday Workshops (each an independent subject) lead by BBCRegular “tech-of-tomorrow expert” Annette Walker!

October 29: Financial management and contact management (customer relationship management)

Thursday 25 October @ OfficeXpats (6:00-8:00 PM) – Agate Pass Exchange “Teach-in”

This is a soup supper with a movie and discussion. Facebook page:

October 31 Halloween Evening – “Soup’r Burger” Grand Opening

Downstairs @ The Pavilion! The new innovative eatery opens its door Halloween evening. Regular hours: Wed-Sun 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. / / [email protected]

Friday 2 November 2012 – Africa Round Table

Midday, 11:30-1:30 – To register or for more info:

Next Month Heads-up! – OfficeXpats November Tuesday Workshops

November “Business Skills Workshops” will explore market research and direct marketing. At the end of this month, participants will have created a list of targeted contacts and a plan for what to do with them.

– Learn to query databases licensed by Kitsap Regional Library for understanding your target demographics or to generate contact lists.
– Discover ways to write an appealing script, and learn strategies designed to get past the fear of cold calls.
– Gather strategies for what makes a welcomed direct marketing appeal, such as a direct mail postcard or e-mail.

BBC Related Links

Chamber Of Commerce
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association
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K. D. Kragen is a philosopher, writer, teacher, editor, husband, father and grandfather. A third generation San Franciscan, Vietnam era vet U.S. Coast Guard (1973-1977), married to Janet L. Kragen for 32 years (1977-present), K. D. is a published novelist ("The KillWare Chronicles" and "Plagueman"); he has taught logic and lectured in philosophy of art at various college and local art schools (Northwest College of Art, Trumeau College of the Arts). Presently he teaches senior citizens basic computer skills (to be able to keep in touch with children and grandchildren), does general computer maintenance, MS and Linux OS, manages a small publishing house, Scandia Patch Press, and edits and ghosts the writings of other local authors. KaveDragen Ink LLC Clean, sparkling copy is often the first impression you make on prospective clientele. Every company needs: One, the Visionary, company owner, manager. That's you! You are the market expert. You know your products and services better than anyone else. Two, the Copy-editor, the wordsmith. That's me. I supply the polish and clarity of communication needed to grab your client from the very first line.