So, What’s Going on With This New Network Thing?

Hopefully, you’ve visited Arlington Entrepreneurs lately and got a good look at our new home. But wasn’t there a network on something that sounded like Ning, ring or ding or something?

Paint Job Coming Soon!
Paint Job Coming Soon!

Well, yes, there is a network and it’s in the processing of moving to a new neighborhood. We’re still fixing up the new place, but once it’s done you’ll have a lot more options for participating and – hooray! – the site will be a lot easier to navigate. Right now I’m talking to people one-on-one, to get their feedback and help. I have a few brave testers on board who are telling me what’s working and what’s not.

Once the bugs are worked out I’ll be inviting you over to have a look around. If you’re already on Ning (via arlingtonentrepreneurs.ning.com) you’ll be getting an email with a new user name and password. By then I’ll have some basic tutorials up so you can wander freely without getting lost.

Arlington Entrepreneurs is also going to be offering very simple WordPress websites, for those of you who would like more visibility online. It’s not intended to compete with our member website designers, but at the very least you’ll have a website (with or without a domain name) with contact information and a basic description of who you are and what you offer. That’s still being developed but we’ll give you plenty of advance notice when this feature is ready.

In the meantime, would you like to be a tester? I’d love to get your advice and feedback! Contact me below:

Coffee and Conversation

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.

coffee and cup
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.

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