BBC Friday 7 March 2014 – “Your Board Of Directors” THINK CLUB Business Problem Solving Strategy Roundtable

This BBC Friday we will do a “Your Board Of Directors” business strategy roundtable, vis-a-vis the now famous Think Club Problem Solving Method w/ BBC Founding Regular and Master Thinkologist Bill Ruddick.

Classic BBC! Here is where you can bring a business problem, personal problem (no therapeutic guarantees), tweak-my-branding conundrums.

Maybe you haven’t had a problem lately, but you have a great problem-solving story to share — a solution that worked, a lesson learned, a snippet of business wisdom!  

Be prepared to think serendipitously and strategize strategically on yours and your Fellow BBCites businesses. Be there, be free, be businesswise. For, in a sense, as serial entrepreneurs, we’re all businesswise!

Think about it.

So, invite your friends and associates to 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 “Your Board Of Directors” strategy roundtable
8:30-9:00 more networking, sharing, visiting

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


TONIGHT!:  BBC2 “The Evening Edition” March 6th, 6:00-7:30 PM.

TOPIC: “Your Board Of Directors” this evening with BBC2 host Brian Creamer.  “Are you thinking of adding a new product or service? Is there an area of your business that you have a concern about? Would you like to get some feedback from experienced business people?” Great strategy roundtable serendipity @ BBC2. Host Brian Creamer [email protected]


BBC Regulars Really Exciting Upcoming Events! LOTS & LOTS!

6 March – OfficeXpats First Thursday Happy Hour “The HH-Plus Edition!” For the First Thursday in March (this week!) we are talking about the sharing economy (yes, that’s the topic du jour), March 6th, Happy Hour-plus-a-little-somethin’:
  • 4:30-5:00, Happy Hour mingling
  • 5:00-5:15, Member Benefits/Opportunities – “the ZipCar option”
  • 5:15-5:45, OXp Businesses Introductions
  • 5:45-6:00, The Topic De Jour
  • Wait, there’s more! 6:00-7:30 – Bainbridge Business Connection 2, The Evening Edition: (Not part of the happy hour, but certainly eligible for the “plus” part; stick around if you can!)

7 March – 1st Friday Art Walk, 6:00-8:00 PM!  BBC Regular and premiere Entrepreneur di Artiste Sylvia Carlton ( will have a selection of her work featured at “whim Gallery” (, Madison & Winslow Way. Contact for more info: Sylvia Carlton [email protected].

8 March, 6:00 PM – whenever – BBC Regular and premiere Entrepreneur di Artiste Sylvia Carlton Open House Champagne Toast! Sylvia & David are moving into their new artist abode on Grow Avenue (just south of the Masonic Temple down from the High School). She’s inviting all her BBC-OXp-ETC friends to drop by for a little celebration of life, art, change, art, you name it. Contact for more info: Sylvia Carlton [email protected].

OfficeXpats Saturday Hours , 10:00 – 4:00! OXp has new Saturday hours, now 6 days a week you can enjoy business coworking and entrepreneurial serendipity. So drop by, consider the possibilities, imagine … the imaginable.

March OXp Tuesday@Noon Workshops – “Successful Grant Writing For Small Businesses & Non-profits”: Grants – What are they? Where are they? Are they for you? Are they for your dog? “Open season” for small business and nonprofit grant submission is March through June of each year. Foundations and funding sources are out there. Should your business be applying? Learn about the business granting process, find opportunities for applying, and pinpoint exactly what granting sources are looking for. Both corporate and nonprofit business leaders are invited to attend.

Linna Callaham taught grant writing for five years at Eastern Washington University and Seattle community colleges. During those years, Linna also wrote and was awarded 3.5 million dollars in grant monies that she used to develop call center training programs for the unemployed. Contact info: 206-842-1707, [email protected], Linna’s Think About It. Ruff!

Ignite Bainbridge Is Back @ OfficeXpats! 5 minutes, 20 slides, a big idea. Linna Callaham is leading the program this year, so don’t hesitate to contact her (please also sign up on the website to volunteer or consider being a speaker).  There are already more people submitting 5-minute talks than we can put on stage on May 6! That doesn’t mean everyone will follow through, however, so if you are considering offering up a short bit of inspiration to your community, get your idea for a talk submitted SOON, to Linna Callaham, 206.842.1707 and [email protected]. More info at

TWO (that’s 2!)  Workshops This March! 1) Friday, February 28th & March 7th, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, FIRST 2-Day Class, “The Work of Listening”: Creates awareness and skill in listening; participants look at their listening style and are exposed to a variety of tools and practices which create better listening habits positively impacting their relationships. 2) Friday, March 14th & 21st, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, SECOND 2-Day Class: “Communicating to be Heard”: Develops intention, clarity, and power in the speaker, creating more consistent understanding; also provides a design to effectively navigate challenging conversations. ThinkWell Workplace Enrichment Coaching is test-driving these two organizational programs at OfficeXpats. This means YOU can participate at a fraction of the normal course fee AND you can bring a friend for free. Cost for each 2-day workshop is $250. Contact: [email protected] or call 206.232.1333


BBC Related Links

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