The First BBC was held on Friday, 9 January 2009, at the Blue Ocean Cafe, graciously hosted by Dave Beck. (Sadly, the Blue Ocean closed its doors a year later on March 1st 2010.) We were called BISBER back then: “Bainbridge Island Small Business Entrepreneurial Roundtable” — happily later shortened to BBC. After the Blue Ocean, we met downstairs at the Pavilion, then at Local Harvest (which latter discontinued serving breakfasts, finally closing their doors in 2012), then a couple times at the wonderful coffee destination Roosters Cafe, then at the excellent florist shop Flowering Around, finally to settle at our present, most gracious location of OfficeXpats Coworking & Conference Center so very kindly hosted by Leslie & Jason.
Below is an early BBC (AKA BISBER) newsletter header & announcement. You can see our first tagline was “Bainbridge Island Chamber Of Commerce Outside The Downtown Core.” (From the start the B.I. Chamber supported what we were doing.) Now we’re just: “Free, Fun, Friendly!”
_________________________ BBC 6 Years Ago ________________________
BISBER At the Blue Ocean Café – Friday, 20 February 2009
7:30-8:00 – ½ HOUR SOCIALIZING over coffee, free waffles, etc.
8:00-8:30 – ½ HOUR BISBER MEETING – Dave Beck Hosting and Leading
8:30-9:00 – ½ HOUR PERSONAL NETWORKING
___________________________ BBC NOW __________________________
Bainbridge Business Connection Today
Free – Fun – Friendly The BBC meets ever Friday Morning atofficexpats.com FACEBOOK
7:30-8:00 – coffee/tea, visiting, informal networking
8:00-8:45 – presentations, guest speakers, strategy roundtable
8:45-9:00 – networking, sharing, visiting, announcements
For one year BBC2 met with a loyal following — BBC2 The Evening Edition, 1st Thursdays of the month, 6:00-7:30. (Presently BBC2 is on hiatus until further notice.)
The BBC is a Creative Strategy Roundtable offering local storefront and home-based business owners and managers a focus group for strategy testing, honest detailed critique, and community support.
The BBC is a weekly gathering for vision sharing, critical analysis, referral networking, and new ideas assessment.
The BBC focuses on people-to-people relationship-building, making new connections that encourage one’s business in positive ways, including strategies on how to evolve within an ever-changing marketplace and a constantly-shifting clientèle.
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.
Here one can try out and assess new ideas, brainstorm new strategies, share visions that may overlap one another’s target markets, and seek to avoid product and service redundancies. In such a community of respect, each can be efficiency experts for one another, each can be one another’s trusted market analysts and testing laboratory for new ventures.
BBC Founding Member, Organizer, and Foremost Thinkologist Bill Ruddick drew a Concept Picture (v.1.1) of BBC: