BBC Friday 22 May 2015 – Jerri Lane, CDME*, Downtown Association

Join us this Friday for a presentation and discussion with Jerri Lane, executive director of the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association.

Jerri LaneJerri Lane will discuss the preservation and promotion of Bainbridge Island’s nationally accredited Historic Main Street: strategies for supporting a vibrant downtown, encouraging residents to buy local, and how we are changing to accommodate consumer purchasing practices.

Jerri Lane ( has been with BIDA since June 2014, and was previously Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Visit Seattle, Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization. She also served as Director of Sales and Marketing for Starwood Hotels, working at both the Sheraton Seattle and The Westin Seattle. Upon her acceptance as executive director of BIDA, board of directors president Tim O’Brien said, “Her extensive background in destination and hospitality marketing made her an ideal candidate for the position” ( Jerri’s contact info: [email protected], p 206.842.2982, c 206.331.198. *CDME, Certified Destination Management Executive, Destination Marketing Association International

Be there, be free, be businesswise. For, in a sense, as serial entrepreneurs, we’re all business wise!thumb_0051

So invite your friends and associates to come join us for this exciting non-virtual non-cloud event in real time and real space…and another delicious cup of BBC!

BBC@OfficeXpats – 403 Madison Ave N, Bainbridge Is., Upstairs At the Pavilion

7:30-8:00 coffee/tea, visiting, informal networking
8:00-8:45 Jerri Lane – Downtown Association
8:30-9:00 more networking, sharing, visiting

BBC Management, KaveDragen Ink, & other entrepreneurial sentients from planet BBC


BBC Regulars Really Exciting Upcoming News & Events!

OfficeXpats “Gurus@Noon”: to encourage more collaboration and connections between OXp Members on a regular basis, OfficeXpats is experimenting with a new structure for Tuesdays@noon. Instead of the typical up-in-front-of-the-class instruction, OXp is putting out a call for OfficeXperts or gurus on a number of themes and asking them to “hold court” for one Tuesday@noon in the Event room at their own table – like a “help desk.” Each Tuesday showcases gurus of similar expertise, utilizing a coworking-friendly concept called “coopetition” ( Yet another great reason to consider a membership at OfficeXpats!

ChamberLogo2014Chamber Notes: There will be no Chamber IslandWood breakfast in May.  But there is a May afterhours, Thursday 28 May, 5:30-7:00, at Storyville Coffee is our host this month in their new coffee shop and tasting room at Coppertop.  Join us for networking, wine, appetizers, and of course, coffee. Free event, no reservations necessary. The public is welcome. Maybe, at last the Storyville Story will be told! Very exciting indeed! And Remember, Your Chamber Needs Volunteers for the upcoming 2015 Grand Old 4th this year! Visit the great Chamber 4th website for more info:


NOTICE: Sonia Lien, Founding BBC Regular and coauthor with Dave Kragen, From Alone To Aloha, has been diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. Updates on CaringBridge. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. For now, she is able to live at home, Hostmark Apts. (Contact Dave for address & info [email protected].)

OfficeXpats is the 2014 Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year! “It was an honor just to be nominated, and it is kinda crazy that we actually won. We are very excited. This award is based on contribution to the Chamber’s mission, and to the Bainbridge community at large.”

BBC on Facebook: Alice David kindly set up a BBC Facebook destination: friend, post, share, bake, blog, barbecue.  We remember you Alice! (

REMINDER – For BBC Regular Members: We’re building our Open/Public BBC Regulars Business Info & Contact List for a single page referral sheet and BBC website Members List. As BBC Regular Members, make your business/contact info available for the BBC community and website. Follow link (form courtesy of Annette Walker) and fill out BBC Regulars Member List contact info:

Special thanks to our friends at Toastmasters Bainbridge. There are 2 clubs on the Island: The Noon Edition and The Evening Edition

BBC Related Links
Chamber Of Commerce
Accelerate Kitsap – Business Mentoring
Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN)
Chamber Bainbridge Visitor Site
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.