BBC Friday 14 September – Roundtable Discussion, BBC & BBC2

BBC FRIDAY Roundtable Discussion: (A) Strategy Roundtable, “What would we like to see at BBC this coming year?” (B) New BBC2.

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 (the later discontinued breakfasts), then couple times at Roosters Cafe, then at Flowering Around, finally to settle here at OfficeXpats graciously 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!” Note: January 2013, BBC will be 4 years old.
_______________________________ BBC 4 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
_______________________________ BBC 4 Years Ago _______________________________

So, for this BBC Friday we will discuss a new Thursday evening BBC2, to meet from 6:00-7:00 PM and piggy-back on the OXp Thursday afternoon Happy Hour (4:30-5:30); idea is to start out meeting either once a month or twice a month.  This Friday we will also roundtable a bit on “What would we like to see at BBC this coming year (September 2012 – June 2013)? Please bring your entrepreneurial ideas, serendipitous cogitations, and creative feedback.

Invite your friends and associates to join us for this free, fun, and friendly 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 – BBC ideas strategy roundtable
8:45-9:00 – more networking, sharing, visiting

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BBC Regulars – Upcoming Events

Friday September 28th @ OfficeXpats, “One Year Anniversary” – Starts at 6:30 PM

September marks OfficeXpats’ first anniversary, and there’s lots to celebrate. Friday, September 28 is the date for the big party, to celebrate that OXp made it through the fragile first year that faces every new venture. The event is free and everyone is invited. Arrive at 6:30 for drinks, skewers, and salads, and enjoy a celebratory marketplace of local innovation and ideas or organizations such as Ignite Bainbridge that were “born” at OfficeXpats in the past year. Raffle tickets will offer many chances for fun prizes. Starting at 7:30 “The Edge Improv” will entertain. More Information at

OfficeXpats September Tuesday Noon Workshop – “Leadership Skills For Entrepreneurs (Noon – 1:00 PM)

In honor of OfficeXpats’ anniversary month and our “indy professional” members, we are celebrating Entrepreneurship as a path for expressing passion, finding purpose, and thriving. Four leadership and career coaches offer four distinct strategies that move you from being stuck in a rut to developing a vision for what you want your impact on the world to be, staying focused, and negotiating your way to success. Go beyond just “solopreneuring as self-employment;” come to any or all four workshops and pick up some inspiration for your next big thing!

9/4:  ”Restart/kickstart/jumpstart for solopreneurs” -with Charlie King, Career Coach
9/11:  “The entreprenuerial adventure: from fear to courage” -with Leigh Calvez, Adventure Coach
9/18:  “How to keep your head on straight with all the hats you wear” -with Alyse McConnell, Business Leadership Coach
9/25:  “Making the Deal: Essential tips for growing your business through better agreements” -with Doug Nathan, Mediation and Leadership Consultant

$10/session, no charge to OfficeXpats members. (Membership starts at $15/month, 3-month minimum. Learn more about benefits of membership at

BBC Related Links

Chamber Of Commerce
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association
Honoring Our Previous Hosts Flowering Around
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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.