BBC Friday 27 March – Toastmasters International @ BBC

Toastmasters.orgThis BBC Friday is like BIG! Like Godzilla meets King Kong! Like the Hulk meets Xena! Like Jason Omens meets Linus Torvalds!

Many of us here at BBC have benefited from the delightful training and support of Toastmasters. Now  for the very first time!  our local Toastmasters team will grace the BBC with their wisdom, wit and services here on Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge is fortunate to have two local Toastmasters clubs. Elena Rodriguez will bring a merry group of members from both U Speak Easy Toastmasters (evening edition) and Bainbridge Island Toastmasters (the noon edition) to talk about how membership in Toastmasters can help one become a better communicator and leader. Wendy Hinman, president of the daytime club, and founding BBC Regular Walker Willingham, evening club president, will also be on hand to answer questions.

Learn how Toastmasters can help you in your business or social life. When it comes to conquering fears of public speaking, or simply improving presentation skills, Toastmasters’ proven program has been making leaders and better communicators for over 90 years.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 313,000 in more than 14,650 clubs in 126 countries.

Since 1924 Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. More info: homepage, on Twiter @Toastmasters, and Bainbridge club on Facebook.

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

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 Toastmasters International On Bainbridge
8:30-9:00 more networking, sharing, visiting

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


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:


BBC Regulars Really Exciting Upcoming Events!

24 March, OXp Tuesday@Noon Workshop (Cloud Computing). Managing Email, Calendar, Contacts: Understand how different cloud offerings synchronize your info across devices (with easy explanations of POP, IMAP, ActiveSync). Know where your data is REALLY (on your device? In the cloud?). Taught by Jason Omens and Leslie Schneider. This course is free to all.:

CharlieKingCoachingApril 7-28, OfficeXpats Tuesday@Noon Workshops! Understanding the Elephant: Growing Professionally with LinkedIn. Taught by Charlie King, of Charlie King Coaching. Info and registration:

OXp WON!  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. In our case, it is therefore connected in so many ways to the efforts of our devoted team of ambassadors, and to an informal offshoot of the Chamber, the Bainbridge Business Connection, which meets every Friday morning at OfficeXpats. I’m sure we got a lot of credit for hosting BBC, but the reverse is also true: BBC is a huge supporter of OfficeXpats. I’m very proud of the ongoing partnership.”

Check out visitbainbridge.comThe new Bainbridge Chamber Visitor Information website is up and running, developed by Spiderlilly Web Design. Feedback welcome, so send your ideas and input  to BBC Regular and webmaster Brian Creamer at

NEW – Free WI-FI In Winslow Downtown Core! Thanks to collaboration between the Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce and Kitsap Public Utility District, businesses, residents, and visitors can take advantage of the new Wi-Fi network along parts of Winslow Way and Madison. Look for network called “community-wifi” to access the signal on your computer or mobile device. See coverage MAP for more info. ()

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

BBC Related Links
Chamber Of Commerce
Accelerate Kitsap – Business Mentoring
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association
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