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What Do Tequila, George Clooney and a New Business Have in Common?

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From the On The Media newsletter:

There’s a lot going on in the world right now that can make you feel down, dispirited, even depressed. That’s why it’s important to hold on to those stories of inspiration. Like the story of George Clooney’s tequila company.

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

George Clooney started a tequila company?
Yes, it’s called “Casamigos,” which sort of means “house of friends. And it’s the craziest story: he actually started it by accident!

I’m sorry, but you might drink too much tequila by accident. You don’t start a tequila company by accident.
Maybe you don’t, but Clooney did. He says he and his friend were drinking so much tequila that they realized they should just make their own. And eventually they were making and drinking so many bottles that they had to get licensed.

How much were they drinking?
About 1,000 bottles a year.

@#!?
Like I said, they really like tequila. That’s why they invented one that you could “drink all day without getting a hangover.”


So, water?
No! Although they do sort of market it exactly like that.

I don’t get what the big deal is here. Some rich guys opened a business, so what?
No, you don’t get it. It’s not about money. As Randy Gerber, Clooney’s co-founder, said, this tequila is about friendship and accessibility. They wanted to make a tequila that was affordable for everyone and “not be exclusive.”

Wow, that’s beautiful. So what’s next for Casamigos? Charity work? Opening the business up to community investment?
Oh no, they just sold it for $1 billion!

Like you do.
Like you do.

By the way, if you’re a podcast addict and into media and communications, “On the Media” is a perfect way to spend a little ear time. Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield are my heroes. Check out the site at: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/otm/

Enjoy this lovely weather!

One Happy Hour, Coming Up!

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Thursday, May 25 from 7 – 9 pm (new date!)
Menotomy Grill and Tavern, East Arlington

Fee: $15.00 per person, free for AE Premium members

Join Arlington Entrepreneurs for our first Happy Hour of 2017. Menotomy has a great assortment of craft beers and wines of distinction, plus any other alcoholic – or non-alcoholic – beverage you can imagine. They’re also a great place for lunch and dinner.

Take a break

Chill out!

Relax after a day at work with friends and colleagues. Do a little networking, brainstorming or just plain old relaxing. Don’t forget your business cards. Maybe you have a skill someone in the group might need. Maybe you need something an AE member can provide.

Make some new connections and have a great time doing it. See you at Menotomy!

More information and registration here.

As always, this event is free for AE Premium members. Join today!

Coffee at Kickstand

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Kickstand MenuIt’s that time again! Join us in early June at Arlington’s finest coffee shop. We’ll have our usual table, along with a chance to enjoy a beverage and/or snack. Get out of the office and into the light of day. It’s fun – and good for you, too!

Coffee at Kickstand Cafe
Thursday, June 2 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Kickstand Cafe, 594 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington Center

Free, but RSVPs strongly requested.

Register here!

 

Save the Date For A Very Special Event!

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Arlington Entrepreneurs Networking Night at WorkBar
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 6-8 pm
WorkBar Arlington, 1167 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA
(in the mill building complex behind Mirak Hyundai)

workbar logoArlington Entrepreneurs is rolling out the red carpet for WorkBar Arlington, a new co-working space for folks just like us. Start the new year in a new place. We’ll have food and drink available, along with ongoing tours. We’ll also be introducing some new AE membership benefits. Need a professional place to work, hold meetings or conduct workshops? Now we have one, right in town!

Admission is free and there’s plenty of parking. Space is limited, however. Please RSVP below to reserve your spot:

Eventbrite - Arlington Entrepreneurs Networking Night at Workbar

Getting Ready to Kick Back

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I don’t know about you, but I’m tired. After a hellacious winter, a broiling summer and a late-coming fall, I’m ready for some feasting and gift-giving in the cold and snow. Arlington Entrepreneurs will be taking December to relax and have fun, also get ready for all the new stuff that’s going to be flying your way in 2016.

Before that, though, please join us for our last networking and socializing event of 2015: the AE Pre-Holiday Happy Hour. It’ll take place on Thursday, November 19 at the Menotomy Grill and Tavern. More information and an RSVP are right here: let’s party!

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Join A Group!

We’ll have our usual get-back-on-track networking session in late January or early February, only this time it’ll be held at Arlington’s brand spanking new co-working center! We’re also working on developing some new user groups. For example, there’s a group for those of you who would like to stay  healthy (and sane) called The Healthy Entrepreneur. We’ve got a mindfulness workshop in the making for that group, thanks to AE member Leah Gilbert. We’re also putting together a group for women entrepreneurs, hosted by Debra Woog of Connect2. Be on the lookout for some interesting developments there. AE member Andrew Winig has also launched a group called Trusted Advisors, which helps people with their marketing and communication challenges.

Please do visit Arlington Entrepreneurs, visit and/or join a group, make some new connections and browse our membership. Let me know if you need  help logging in or creating a new account.

Welcome to Fall!

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The air conditioners are still installed, but we’re leaving our windows open at night to catch the cool breezes. The vegetable garden is knocking out tomatoes and sprouting herbs in their full harvest glory. Summer is just now starting to wind down, or at least we’re starting to think about the month ahead.

Arlington Entrepreneurs will be busy this fall with events, group activities and more: coffee breaks and happy hours, networking events and presentations.

Want a low-stress entree to fall events? Join us for a snack and beverage at Kickstand Cafe on September 17. We’ll be waiting for you!

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A Great Weekend to Live in Arlington

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Arlington Center is going to be celebrating the slow but inevitable passing of winter with a “Celebrate the Center!” event this Saturday, May 2. Center merchants will be offering sidewalk sales, raffles and discounts. There’ll be street performers and other activities from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Come out to celebrate spring and support local business!

Celebrate the Center!

Celebrate the Center!

Coffee and Conversation

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Most of us work from home, or settle into anonymous coffee shops to get through our daily tasks. It’s productive, but isolating. I tried an experiment a week or so ago and started a new event series that focuses on breaking through the isolation bubble.

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Coffee and Conversation

Our first event, Coffee at Kickstand, was really nice. I got there a bit early and saved a table, then wondered what I was going to do with myself for the next hour and a half. There’s only so much coffee I can drink. I pulled out my smartphone and started browsing, feeling increasingly weird and embarrassed. What is no one showed up? Worse, what if someone did show up and I didn’t know what to say or do?

Fortunately, that problem took care of itself. Our first attendee came by about 10 minutes later and got herself a coffee and a muffin. Then I realized I was getting hungry so I excused myself and – surprise! – ran into participant number two who specifically asked if I was the person from Arlington Entrepreneurs here for the coffee hour.

My outlook on this series improved dramatically after that, as a few more and more people showed up. Pretty soon we were talking about our lives, our work and our families. We talked, we laughed, we drank coffee or tea and munched on snacks. The cafe was nice and quiet and we had a full table by the time I had to leave. They stayed on and kept talking.

Yes, folks, I think we have a winner here! Keep an eye out for more AE coffee hours, along with other events geared to get you out of the house and into the community.