Your Own Board of Directors!

toMuchOnMyPlateWell my busy life finally took me away from my favorite weekly activity last week, but it sounds like the loyal BBC following has again met the task of “a new way to connect” dead on (so I am told). Therefore, it would be most helpful to have an open discussion about: what we want to have happen this year; who we want to have as guest speakers;  and what activities we have liked – and disliked. One of those topics should be: “So – ya got yourself into this mess – how do you get yourself out?” Oh well…such a burden to bear in a tough economy.

A new activity I am going to start up actually came from the original founders of the BBC. I called it “Your Personal Board of Directors.” It was a focus group for the members; we were all to be each one’s “own personal (business) advisors.” The rub was, everyone in the group got to be the CEO!

The way we utilized this tool was that we would take turns going around the table expressing an idea, a marketing concept, or even our 90-second elevator speech. Whatever you needed to have a sounding board on, the members of the group would take their turns providing you honest (and positive) feedback. It was often tough to take but so powerful when your ideas had more than just you on the review team.

The concept worked well with about 5 people – but 25 . . . hmmm.  So I am going to propose that we break up into 3 or 4 small groups. What will be fun about this is that you can choose to be a guest (or even ask to join) in other groups. You will want to find a group that works well with your personality. More on this tomorrow.board_directors_img

SO – (writer extraordinaire, KD Kragen would tell me not to start a sentence with the word SO)  back to tomorrow’s agenda of open discussion topics:



  • Who are some of the people we’d like to see address the BBC?
  • What are some of the topics we’d like to discuss together?
  • What are some goals we’d like to achieve here at the BBC – besides enjoying good friends, great breakfasts, and fine coffee/tea?
  • How can we better serve one another?

Suggested GUEST SPEAKERS: (I think ole Dave is pulling my leg…ya think?)

  • President Obama
  • Tina Turner
  • Elvis Prestly
  • Dan Weedin
  • James Zindell
  • Shannon Evens


  • Killer Marketing or Aikido/Qigong Marketing (how to be centered without losing your drive to succeed)
  • Update: InternetSM (Social Marketing/Networking, not Sadomasochism) Revisited
  • Developing your BBC-Bio page for the BBC website:


  • Your ideas here!

Bring your ideas and a new friend, and get ready for another fun (and usually rowdy) session.

Don’t miss your morning cup of BBC!

Tim Longley
BBC Chair

Goals Seem Much More Achievable When…

2010What a terrific first year for the BBC 2009 was. The Bainbridge Business Connection went in directions that I never dreamed of – largely due to the good people that participate. It has become a habit for me as well as I am sure a good number of our regular participants. But what does the New Year hold for us? What kinds of programs and activities will we venture into? Who will come and share their wealth of business savvy with us so we can enjoy meeting our own expectations for 2010?

I bet by now you have deduced that I am heading in some direction – and you would be correct! Goals for 2010, only I am talking about your businesses / personal goals. How do we identify them? What is in scope – and out of scope? What is realistic – or unrealistic?

Who do we ask for advice? Certainly not the World Wide Web; “Get Rich in Thirty Days selling [dumps]” – Yeah, that’s gonna happen. “Lose 30 pounds in 7 days!”  Nope!get-rich-quick-schemes

During our hard times – businesses that suffer the most are the ones that live by the services they provide, or by the margins and volume of their hard earned sales. When we find ourselves in these jams – the get rich schemes always sound so much more realistic – but their not. The age old rule to avoid money quick scams is “if it seems too good to be real – believe in your instincts, it isn’t.”

Now… this leads me to what we are planning to open up the BBC’s 2010’s meeting series this Friday, January 8, 2010.  Ponder this: there are only 3 ways to ensure business success (life success for that matter).

  1. Have good Plan
  2. Set Goals
  3. Work Hard

What?  That’s right! The best and most expedient path to financial freedom is having a good plan, goals that are achievable and – hard work (ugh – 2 out of three isn’t bad).

So – this Friday, we will assume you have a good plan – or you wouldn’t be coming to our Friday morning meetings. And of course you work hard because you love what you planned to do right? That leaves often the toughest part of being an entrepreneur: Setting Goals.

Rather then try to tell you what your goals are, or listen to someone that already makes six figures – we are going to get into our now famous small groups and come up with some terrific ideas – together. Goals seem much more achievable when you can sound them off your business colleagues – especially the ones that you have built relationships with over the past year.

Bring your ideas and a new friend, and get ready for another fun (and usually rowdy) session. Don’t miss your morning cup of BBC!

Tim Longley
BBC Chair

Last Meeting for 2009…

timemeltingWell, imagine my surprise when I found out that the BBC Google Group stopped working last week when I hadn’t taken notice that email addresses that ended in .ru and .ch were working overtime to fill up my “comments” box with interesting offers (you don’t want to know) and pleas for assistance with managing large sums of money from their recently deceased millionaire mothers, brothers, uncles, etc.  Those of you that have BLOG’s perhaps know what I am referring to. It’s nice to know that our little group on Bainbridge Island is so popular internationally. Arrrg…
So anyway, I have deleted them and we are back in business again. It’s to bad you are possibly receiving this email after today’s get together but that only reinforces our “making personal connections” mantra doesn’t it?

To catch up… Last week (December 11, 2009) a group of us were surprised by the local television station sending a reporter/cameraman for an interview regarding the BBC and what it is all about – I suspect Dave Beck had something to do with this…hmmm..  But talk about having to pull a rabbit out of a hat. I was reminded why I spent so much time with Bainbridge Island Toastmasters doing “Table Topics.” or how to spit out useful information without blathering and dotting every sentence with an “uh” or “ah.” Some of our members were interviewed also. I haven’t seen the result yet.

We also discussed a new (and long overdue) “Members” or “Participants” page. We have come up with a plan on how to put our “participating” member’s professional profile’s on the BBC Site. We don’t want to mirror LinkedIn however we do want to approach it from a more personal view of the business owner. Branding the owner vs. the business. Today, I hope to put the final touches for the draft member page.

I will send out the final recommendation and an electronic form to fill out and return for those of you that want to participate, and have met the criteria (established by the BBC Board) to participate. Go to and click eOffice Innovations LLC to see a draft page.

The next two weeks end in one holiday or another so the BBC will be taking its first Annual break (Christmas and New Years respectively). We will see you in the new year on Friday, January 8th, 2010.

Finally, I want to thank you all for a terrific charter year of the Bainbridge Business Connection! We have had a lot of fun and a lot of challenges to overcome. I personally look forward to my “Cup of BBC” on Fridays so I can spend quality time with all of you remarkable entrepreneurs! On behalf of the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce and the BBC Founders, I want to wish you all a safe and joyous holiday season!

Writting can be fun? KD Kragen Tells Us How!

dave150sqWriting can be fun? What? Sounds like work to me.  But Dave Kragen of KaveDragen Ink LLC , being a published author and business writer,  must know something. He puts out a good deal of the printed word and he seems to like it.

And why in the heck would anyone want to read what I have to say anyway? What should I write about? Who is my audience? What’s in it for me? Tough questions but the fact is that the best marketing for your business is your ability to communicate it to your customers in a functional and creative way.

So, come on down to the Blue Ocean Cafe Friday, December 4, 2009, to hear what our staff writer Dave has to say. We will also have time for a lively discussion about a business problem!

Don’t miss out – see you at 8:00 AM for that first cup of BBC!

No BBC this Friday (Nov 28, 2009).

Just a reminder that there is no BBC Meeting this Friday (Nov 28, 2009) due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Great time to be with our families!

Now, on another note: Fellow BBC Member David Beck and one of the owners of the Blue Ocean Cafe’ stated last week that the regular BBC Meeting Times are back to normal. The Blue Ocean Cafe’ loves having us at their establishment. We want to make every effort to welcome those that show up for breakfast that don’t know if they can join our rowdy group.


So, we will see you at our normal hours on Friday, December 4, 2009. Bring a new friend.  Our agenda is below in case you are new to our group.

  • 7:30-8:00 – coffee, waffles, visiting, informal networking, sharing
  • 8:00-8:30 – formal meeting
  • 8:30-9:00 – more informal networking
  • See you for that cup of BBC in December!

    BBC Meeting Starts at 7:30 AM!

    Tired-BBC-TimeFriday November 20, 2009

    Tomorrow we start our meetings at a new – Earlier Time.

    We have become such a rowdy group that we needed to start a bit earlier so the patrons of the Blue Ocean Cafe’ just wanting to have breakfast could do so without participating in our activities.

    So the new agenda from here on will look something like this:

    • 7:00 – 7:30 AM– Blue Ocean Cafe’ Open for Coffee, breakfast, and Networking!
    • 7:30 – 8:00 AM — Formal Meeting, speakers, workgroups, training, etc.
    • 8:00 – 9:00 AM — Networking (and a time buffer just in case we go over time)

    Now this may seem a litter early to those of you that like to rise a bit later but it does give you a jump on the day!

    For Friday’s meeting, we will be getting back into our small groups to solve yet another marketing / business question. Bring your questions and thoughts – you may have the question we pick for general discussion. This is always a lot of fun and generates terrific brain storming!

    Don’t miss your cup of BBC!

    Dan Weedin – Speaking With Confidence!


    Dan Weedin

    Whether it’s a sales presentation, employee meeting, fundraiser, or talking to your kids, your ability to effectively communicate will determine how often you win or lose those situations.

    This Friday, you will walk away with three specific strategies to improve your confidence, enhance your skills, and take your presentations to a more dynamic level.

    Dan Weedin is an award-winning speaker and presentation trainer.  He trains business professionals on how to become more dynamic and influential presenters.  He understands that your audience, regardless of the size, can be very skeptical, so you have to promote your message with power and enthusiasm.

    This Friday, November 13, 2009 my friend and colleague Dan Weedin will take center stage at the BBC Breakfast meeting. Dan has helped so many businesses get on track with not only their insurance needs but speaking and life skills as well.

    Dan puts on an energetic 45 Minute presentation that engages and challenges you to become more effective business owners. This is a “must attend” event.    Don’t miss this “Special” cup of BBC!

    Carolyn Olberg and Dave Kragen – Retirement and Writting!


    Friday’s speakerssharing the spotlight — are Carolyn Olberg (Financial Advisor) and Dave Kragen (Writer Extraordinaire). While considering what I was going to say about our two speakers this Friday, I was reminded why we started this group of local businesses “Connecting in a New Way” in the first place.

    I met Carolyn Olberg while joining, attending and eventually leading another Networking Group that met on the island on Tuesday mornings. To make a long story short, the group of entrepreneurs quickly became each others “board of directors” and through the groups energy and powerful idea generating sessions we hatched the idea for the “Bainbridge Business Connection” – originally called BISBER by Dave Kragen who drafted the first charter. Continue reading

    James Zindell Talks about “Guerrilla Marketing!”


    Friday, October 30th, 2009.  Jim Zindell is the owner of   Zindell Acupuncture and Massage and co-founder of the B.I. Healthy Living Expo.  Learn how his off-beat and sometimes ‘foolish’ marketing strategy transformed a one-room mom and pop into one of the northwest’s most popular destination healing centers.

    “Kong-quering” Your Marketplace:  Gorilla strategies for modern times.

    According to sources, the concept of guerrilla marketing was invented as an unconventional system of promotions that relies on time, energy and imagination rather than a big marketing budget.  The objective of guerrilla marketing is to create a unique, engaging and thought-provoking concept to generate “buzz.”

    Guerrilla marketing involves unusual approaches such as intercept encounters in public places,  street giveaways of products,  PR stunts,  any unconventional marketing intended to get maximum results from minimal resources.  More innovative approaches to Guerrilla marketing now utilize cutting edge mobile digital technologies to really engage the consumer and create a memorable brand experience.

    Don’t miss your morning cup of BBC!