BBC Friday 7 December 2012 @ OfficeXpats – Neal Kellner, “Business Travel – What You Need To Know!”

BBC this Friday, Longtime BBC Regular, Neal Kellner, will talk about the latest issues in travel for business or fun, whether national or international.

There’s lots going on with the airlines these days that affect business and leisure travelers. Issues include invisible take-away’s of “Frequent Flyer Miles” by the airlines, new serious issues regarding baggage fees and baggage handling, and the roll of the dice people now unknowingly make when booking air travel with connecting flights.

The other side of the story is about the value and power of travel in both our business and personal lives. Neal recently traveled to Mexico and India, both trips which left him profoundly changed and taught many new lessons on modern travel, on the way we travel. Are we open and inviting to the new and different or are we internally focused so we never connect with the people and cultures we visit? These choices have incredible consequences both for personal experiences and business outcomes.

An especially timely presentation for the holidays. ([email protected] / /
Jan and I have benefited many times from the expert travel counsel and services of “CM Travel 4Fun.” Whether a trip for a family emergency, a long-anticipated vacation, or an instate business trip, Neal Kellner doesn’t just get you to the place you want or need to go, he gets you great deals, gives highly informed recommendations, honors your budget, and also is there for you when the unexpected happens (unfortunately not an uncommon occurrence). When it comes to travel problem-solving, on the fly, or insurance needs, Neal is dedicated to his customer’s safety and well-being; he’s a genius who loves his work and loves to serve his clientele.   –K.D.Kragen, KaveDragen Ink LLC,

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

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 “Travel For Business & Fun w/ Neal Kellner”
8:45-9:00 more networking, sharing, visiting

The BBC Management, KaveDragen Ink, & Other Entrepreneurial Sentients From Planet BBC

Reminder: BBC2 Meets Tomorrow, Thursday, 6:00-7:00 PM @OXp – Following OfficeXpats Happy Hour & Open House

BBC Regulars – Upcoming Events

OfficeXpats December Tuesday Workshops, Dec. 11th & 18th – “Targeting Prospective Customers” (Noon-1:00)
=>  Dec 11: Preparing for a New Year with Intention and Focus, Karen Casey MA (Inspired Action Consultanting).
=>  Dec 18: Understanding the financial story of your business through the balance sheet, P&L and budget, Karla Smith CPA ( and Kelly Deis MBA (Turning Point Financial). For more info and registration (fee: $10 per session; free to OfficeXpats members):

December 6th, 2012 – Growing (or Starting) Your Business Through Crowd Funding & Social Media
9:00 AM to Noon @ IslandWood
A seminar presented by Frank Kenny, Rachel Maxwell, and Casey Dilloway. More info at:

TUESDAY (Not Wednesday this month) December 11th Chamber Luncheon – Vicki Rauh’s Retirement Party
Our December luncheon honors long-time Chamber Staffer Vicki Rauh, who will be retiring at the end of this year. Several generations of islanders have grown up licensing their cars and boats during the 34 years she has been with the Chamber. Come help us give her a great send-off and bring your Vicki stories to tell. The public is welcome. (
Date: 12/11/2012
Time: 11:30 AM TO 1:00 PM
Wing Point Golf & Country Club, 811 Cherry Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Phone: 206-842-3700

OfficeXpats Think Week is coming Dec 26-28
Last year we invented Think Week as a free coworking and community event between Christmas and New Year’s. We filled the week with brainstorming and strategic planning events. Ignite Bainbridge was born from one of those brainstorms.
This year Think Week is only three days: December 26-28. A few ideas for events (some are tentative; more details to come):
• A workshop on discovering your mission/vision
• A brainstorm to create our Kickstarter campaign
• A mosaic tile project
• A celebration of Ignite Bainbridge’s 1-year anniversary, with viewings of a few of the recorded presentations and interviews
So get started on your goals for Think Week, and pass the word. It’s a great chance to experience for free the productivity and community of coworking. (

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.