A Hello and an Update From Arlington Entrepreneurs

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Stay Safe, Stay at Home!

Greetings from AE Central, right now located in my dining room. The table makes a great workstation and I’m only steps away from my refrigerator (sigh…). I hope you are holding up as well as possible as we pass through these difficult times. I continue to improve in health, although am now dealing with a bout of diverticulitis (an inflammation of one of the sacs in the large intestine, treatable with antibiotics). I’m recovering from that as well, and have renewed my acquaintance with Ensure liquid nutritional supplement until things calm down a bit.

I hope you’re handling social distancing rules and self-isolation with a modicum of calm. I’ve worked from home for years, so the isolation doesn’t bother me so much. Besides, my husband is also at home so at least I have someone else to talk to if I want. We have no children in our household, so we’re spared that distraction. Even with that, I have difficulty focusing and disciplining myself to work. I hear this is a common complaint, though. Overall, my husband and I are hanging in there and I sincerely hope that you all are, too.

The Town of Arlington has a number of initiatives going for its residents and I wanted to share them with you. I also want to urge you to support local businesses that offer a variety of products, albeit at your door or at curbside. A lot of businesses also offer gift cards, which you can redeem once things have opened up again (whenever that will be!). Let’s take some time and spend some cash on our local businesses, so they’ll still be here once we’re back to “normal” again. Check this spreadsheet on the Town of Arlington’s website for a complete listing of which businesses are operating under these conditions. You can also view local COVID-19 updates from the Town. Like the spreadsheet above, it’s updated regularly.

Want to pitch in and lend a hand? Check out Arlington Helps. It’s part of a state-wide mutual aid effort to offer and take requests for help, or join a “pod” for a hyper-local focus. Visit Arlington Helps if you’d like something more to do than stare at your computer or YouTube (or work, work, work)!

Finally, there’s 6 Feet at 6 PM. It’s a Town initiative to connect with your neighbors in a friendly but safe way. According to the website, 6 Feet at 6 PM is: “a community initiative where every evening at 6:00 p.m. Arlington residents connect safety (more than 6 feet apart). Come out of your homes or look out your window and wave to neighbors. Check in via email, phone, Google Hangouts, Zoom, or engage online. The point is to check in with each other at a safe distance – 6 Feet at 6PM – to make sure we are all OK as a community. We’d love to see examples in your neighborhood; spread the word, share photos and video on social media with the hashtag #Arlington6At6”

I hope this list helps you stay productive and sane. Before I sign off I wanted to remind you all that I will be retiring from Arlington Entrepreneurs by the end of this year. I hope we’ll have a chance to start meeting again in person before that happens. I don’t have a replacement for my position, but if you have any ideas or would like to take on some AE tasks, I’d welcome your input. You can reach me at margy@arlingtonentrepreneurs.org and we can talk via phone or Zoom. Eventually, maybe even in person!

May you and your friends and family stay safe and healthy during these difficult times. Virtual hugs are going out to all of you.

Happy February! A Health Update and Some New Events

Happy February, all! I’m delighted to report that I am basically in remission from my pemphigus (what’s pemphigus? Click here to find out!) and, with the exception of some sensitivity in my tongue, am out of the woods. I got a thumbs up from my doctor a few days ago and am slowly being withdrawn from one of my two immuno-suppressant drugs.

To celebrate this milestone, we’ll be hosting a Coffee at Cafe Nero networking event on Tuesday, February 18 at 2:00 pm. It’s been a while since I’ve been up to hosting events, so I hope you’ll join us to relax, to network and to celebrate! Click here for more information and to register


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There is one other event I’d like you all to know about. There’s a wonderful organization for older entrepreneurs who establish businesses. Appropriately, it’s called Founders over 55 and they’ll be hosting a Meetup on Thursday, February 6 at 6:30 pm. The location will be the Venture Cafe at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Kendall Square.

Founders over 55 describes itself this way:

“We are a collegial community of encore entrepreneurs (first-timers, serial, solopreneurs, et al) who come together to help each other build great companies.

We are dedicated to exploring and supporting the unique needs of founders who believe our age is an asset, not a stigma.  The Club connects you to people and resources to help you along your journey: to kickstart a new venture, get access to capital/collaborators/customers, manage and mentor multigenerational teams, balance work/life/health/wealth, keep current with skills and trends, and frame a counter-narrative to ageism.

Above all, we celebrate you, and all the founders who bring their unique lifelong experiences and wisdom to the wild ride of launching and growing an enterprise.

We got the ball rolling with two enthusiastic well-attended meetups thanks to generous support from AGENCY: Worldwide Innovation for Living Longer & Aging Better (coworking space and business support for companies focused aging & longevity at the CIC: Cambridge Innovation Center) and with the VentureCafe (a weekly gathering of innovators across all sectors and stages every Thursday night at CIC’s worldwide).”

This event is free and you can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/founders-over-55-club-meetup-3-block-buster-workshop-tickets-91232660343

I hope you can join us for one or both events. More events will be coming soon, so stay tuned!