BBC Friday 6 February 2015 – Tom Eckmann “UW Lecturer In Innovation & Entrepreneurship”

Business Plan Competition at the University of Washington: Tom Eckmann, a serial entrepreneur, UW lecturer in innovation and entrepreneurship, and BBC Regular will describe the annual Business Plan Competition at the UW (Foster School Of Business). Over the past 17 years, nearly 3400 students (1175 teams) have competed and over $1.6 million in prize money has been awarded to 128 student companies. Dozens of these are still in business! Tom will also describe the class he teaches winter quarter to prepare students and others to enter the competition. (

Tom Eckmann loves community service (er, not the court-appointed type): Northwest Entrepreneur Network, Chairman, board member (12 years); Seattle Business Volunteers for the Arts; Empty Space Theater; Seattle Works.

Tome Eckmann will tell stories and share his business wisdom. And, he is considering a rewrite and update of his 2005 Entrepreneurial tour-de-force An Interpreneur’s Journey: The Birth Of A New Economy Business. So, be sure to come and encourage him. “The Internet has changed since the book was written. The principles for an entrepreneur to be successful in business have not changed as much as you may think. Starting a business is difficult, but when you have an opportunity to pick the brains of other experts for such a small sum as the cost of a book, the risk is low” (review by Michael Hartzell, entrepreneurship blog). When Dave is done with the book, he’s willing to pass it around. See Dave. Dave who?  (

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 Avenue N, Bainbridge Island, Upstairs At the Pavilion

7:30-8:00 coffee/tea, visiting, informal networking
8:00-8:45 Tom Eckmann – “Innovation & Entrepreneurship”
8:30-9:00 more networking, sharing, visiting

The BBC Management, KaveDragen Ink, & Other Entrepreneurial Sentients From Planet BBC


 ALERT!    Agate Pass Bridge Closure February 9th – 28th    ALERT!  
M-F 8:45AM to 3:00PM, weekends 7:45-3:00

More BBC Regulars Really Exciting Upcoming Events!

OfficeXpats NEW Tues@Noon Workshops, now bigger and better than ever, 1+1/2 hours of in-depth analysis, business education, and fun!  Feb 10th, FINANCE: Tax Requirements for the Business Owner, w/ Rebecca Villareal (  Feb 17th, BUSINESS SOFTWARE: PowerPoint for Business Pitches, w/ Mickey Molnaire.  Feb 24th, CLOUD COMPUTING: Building social media platforms for business, w/ Jeff Hora ( Register and info at

5 February, Thursday, OfficeXpats “Eye On Your Business” Salon: Follow The Money. Bring your financial statements for the month (the profit and loss report) and compare the Key Performance Indicators for your business with goals and previous months. FEBRUARY TOPIC: Where are the leaks? Facilitated by Rebecca Villareal. Save the date for future 1st Thursdays (March 5, April 2). Register at

Starting SOON – “Mastermind Group” led by BBC Founding Member & Leader Alyse McConnell! From “day one” OfficeXpats has looked forward to the time when we could sponsor a “mastermind” group. What is a Mastermind Group? They’ve been around for decades, a way to offer a committed group of business owners or professionals support and personal / professional growth, as well as to achieve specific goals and overall success. Activities of Mastermind Groups usually include brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support. Updates, cost, and registration at

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

February 19th, Westsound Business Exop: Thursday, B2B 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Open to the Public (Free Admission) 2:00 – 7:00 PM Sign up at or call 360-394-5638. Stop by the Bainbridge Island Chamber booth and say hi!

BBC on Facebook: Alice David has kindly set up a BBC Facebook destination. Take a look: – friend, post, share, bake, blog, barbecue. We all love you Alice – stay strong! (Alice David support community: Caring Bridge)

REMINDER for BBC Regular Members: Open/Public BBC Regulars Business Info & Contact List for single page referral sheet and BBC website Members List. As BBC Regular Members, you can have your business and contact info available for the BBC community and on the BBC website. Follow link (form courtesy of Annette Walker) and fill out BBC Regulars Member List contact info:


BBC Related Links

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