BBC Friday 14 June 2013 – “Telling Your Story”

Join us this BBC Friday for Another Story Telling Time

thumb_0051Greetings lovely BBC People! Hasn’t summer been just … well, just … you know … like ….

So, here we are, in the thick of June and the lazy days of summer! Therefore this BBC Friday we will honor once more the forth founding principle of BBC: The BBC offers its members the opportunity to build connections of trust between each others’ companies and services, sharing skills and specialties, and critiquing professional copy. Part of the way we started out building trust in one another’s businesses was to share our stories, who we are as business owners and entrepreneurs. Story telling.

Four or five minutes each: for whoever feels the narrative muse to tell a story, here’s the opportunity to talk about your journey into your present business out of some previous business incarnation, or your story of journeying from the old country to the Puget Sound, or your story about moving from large corporation, government agency, or novelist-in-a-cave, to network administrator or office ergonomics resource or personal trainer and business consultant. Or you can make up a story about what you’d like to be — businesswise. For, in a sense, as serial entrepreneurs, we’re all businesswise!

So, 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 “Telling Your Story”
8:30-9:00 more networking, sharing, visiting

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

BBC Regulars Upcoming Events

June – OfficeXpats Tuesday@Noon Workshop – “The Self Publishing workshop returns! (noon-1:00)
Still Two Sessions to go! Now more than ever, it’s within anyone’s reach to write, produce, and publish a book, and it turns out to be a great way to build your business and your credibility as an independent professional. You may already have the content for an inexpensive or free 100-page book, and it just needs some strategic morphing. With self-publishing (also called “alternative” or “independent” publishing), the author is responsible for the entire process, including design (cover/interior), formats, price, distribution, marketing and PR. Authors can do it all themselves or outsource all or part of the process. In this workshop series, Randy Kuckuck, founder of PublishNext, along with some of the company’s editorial and design experts return to help us explore how small businesses can navigate some of the choices and issues. Xpat regulars Dave Kragen, Izzy Sanchez, and Annette Walker will also contribute. Session III, June 18, 12-1 pm: Designing a book to be your best advertising piece. Session IV, June 25, 12-1 pm: The submission process, and marketing your book. (

June – NEW OfficeXpats Tuesday Afternoon Workshops – “Learn social media marketing in a collaborative hands-on and actions-based class.” Classes run from 1:30-2:45. Cost: $95 ($80 for OfficeXpats members). June 4: Create a simple social media plan for the month. June  11: Platform rules about branding. June 18: Create a framework for an engagement “voice” or personality. June 25: Measurement tools. (

 June Chamber Breakfast, 14 June, Friday Morning (7:30-9:00)
“Town & Country Market 2013 Expansion” with Bill Wymer and Rick Pedersen of T&C Market. Find out what’s in store for the store (

20 June, Thursday 5:30-7:00 PM, “Microsoft, Wi-Fi and the Future” @ OfficeXpats
Join us for this free event to discuss, under the delightful guidance of OXp’s own Jason Omens, Microsoft Windows 8 and Office 365. We will also outline plans for the upcoming Wi-Fi to be available on Winslow Way and Madison. This is a free event, however seating is limited. Please click here to reserve your seat ( There will be $300 in Microsoft software given out as door prizes.

June Chamber After Hours – Thurssday 27 June, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Hosted by Shirvan Rug Gallery at 424 Winslow Way E. Adem and Birgul Solak will treat us to another fabulous Turkish barbeque. Nosh and network. Free event, no reservations necessary. The public is welcome. (

Bainbridge Chamber 2013 Grand Old Fourth coming soon to a local street new you (if you live near Winslow Way that is). Booths still available but going fast. Volunteers still needed. Parade space still available. See  for more info and updates.

Accelerate Kitsap (XLR8): If you know of any new businesses, “start-ups” or businesses in a growth transition, for profit or non-profit, don’t forget to tell them about the Accelerate Kitsap Business Mentoring program. See for details. BBC, the Chamber, OfficeXpats, and Accelerate Kitsap are all local business support partners here in the West Sound. Contact Ken Sethney (ken.sethney@gmailcom) or Dave Kragen ([email protected]) if you have specific questions. Thank you.

BBC Related Links

Chamber Of Commerce
Accelerate Kitsap – Business Mentoring
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.