Last Meeting for 2009…

timemeltingWell, imagine my surprise when I found out that the BBC Google Group stopped working last week when I hadn’t taken notice that email addresses that ended in .ru and .ch were working overtime to fill up my “comments” box with interesting offers (you don’t want to know) and pleas for assistance with managing large sums of money from their recently deceased millionaire mothers, brothers, uncles, etc.  Those of you that have BLOG’s perhaps know what I am referring to. It’s nice to know that our little group on Bainbridge Island is so popular internationally. Arrrg…
So anyway, I have deleted them and we are back in business again. It’s to bad you are possibly receiving this email after today’s get together but that only reinforces our “making personal connections” mantra doesn’t it?

To catch up… Last week (December 11, 2009) a group of us were surprised by the local television station sending a reporter/cameraman for an interview regarding the BBC and what it is all about – I suspect Dave Beck had something to do with this…hmmm..  But talk about having to pull a rabbit out of a hat. I was reminded why I spent so much time with Bainbridge Island Toastmasters doing “Table Topics.” or how to spit out useful information without blathering and dotting every sentence with an “uh” or “ah.” Some of our members were interviewed also. I haven’t seen the result yet.

We also discussed a new (and long overdue) “Members” or “Participants” page. We have come up with a plan on how to put our “participating” member’s professional profile’s on the BBC Site. We don’t want to mirror LinkedIn however we do want to approach it from a more personal view of the business owner. Branding the owner vs. the business. Today, I hope to put the final touches for the draft member page.

I will send out the final recommendation and an electronic form to fill out and return for those of you that want to participate, and have met the criteria (established by the BBC Board) to participate. Go to and click eOffice Innovations LLC to see a draft page.

The next two weeks end in one holiday or another so the BBC will be taking its first Annual break (Christmas and New Years respectively). We will see you in the new year on Friday, January 8th, 2010.

Finally, I want to thank you all for a terrific charter year of the Bainbridge Business Connection! We have had a lot of fun and a lot of challenges to overcome. I personally look forward to my “Cup of BBC” on Fridays so I can spend quality time with all of you remarkable entrepreneurs! On behalf of the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce and the BBC Founders, I want to wish you all a safe and joyous holiday season!