Sustainable Art + Wine Business Social

Meet Drew Stone with AGS Custom Interiors and Amy Woidtke with EcoKind Design.  Drew will explain how he creates earth-friendly art using an environmentally friendly process of reducing the amount of waste, reusing materials typically regarded as useless and recycling by continuing the process into further generations of conservation.  Amy will discuss affordable green decorating ideas and concepts. Wine is provided by Hollywood Hill Vineyards.

RSVP: click here. 

Date: October, 29, 2008 from 5-8pm.

Redmond Chamber of Commerce Breakfast: Using Social Media for your Business

Thinkspace co-hosted its first event with the Redmond Chamber of Commerce on September 26, 2008. The event was a breakfast meeting in which Steve Broback and Jason Preston of the Parnassus Group discussed what is Social Media and how it can be used to help a business improve their online presence.

There was a heavy emphasis on blogging and how that specifically can help other businesses can find them doing a Google search.  Having a website is not enough.  Most websites are a company’s brochure.  They are not dynamic, the content does not change much.  Blogs, are very dynamic.  As the content changes, search engines like Google notice this and make note that this site changes a lot and therefore treats this more favorably.

Blogging encourages interaction between individuals and sites.  Blogs also do a lot of the things that generate good SEO (Search Engine Optimization).  Blogs also helps establish “thought leadership”.  Twitter and Facebook were also discussed.  These are important tools that can help your business reach a lot of people and allow customers to have direct access to your business.  To follow us on Twitter, here are our usernames: sbroback, jasonp107, pete_thinkspace.

The was a good turnout for this event as Steve and Jason spoke to a full room of people.  If you missed this event or wish to continue learning about blogging, we will be hosting the Blog Bling Mixer on October 23, 2008 at 6pm.  For more information follow this link “Blog Bling Mixer“.

View the PowerPoint deck from the Breakfast event: Blogging for your Business.

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How to find funding for a startup: Coffee with an Expert

Carolynn Duncan will be holding a Coffee with an Expert Clinic inside thinkspace on September 18 between 8:30am and 8:00pm. Carolynn works with FundingUniverse.com and Epic Ventures and has a background in venture capital, angel investing, and high-tech entrepreneurship. Carolynn will be holding a free Group Q&A event between 8:45am and 9:30am with time for networking from 9:30am and 10:00am. She is also taking requests for private 1:1 appointments throughout the day.  The cost for the private 1:1 appointments is $25 for a 30 minute session.

To RSVP for the free clinic click here: Upcoming.com.

To RSVP for a private 1:1 event click here: Coffee Clinic at thinkspace.

Redmond Chamber & thinkspace host discussion on Social Media Strategy 101

People are blogging about your business, and Google is listening. Are you ready? Today customers are tweeting about your products on Twitter and ganging up you on social networking sites like Facebook. These are all elements of the social media phenomenon and the opportunities for businesses to utilize the force of customers connecting to their advantage.

Presenters: Steve Broback, author of Publish and Prosper: Blogging for Your Business and founder of the Parnassus Group, a Social Media consultancy, and Jason Preston, New Media Manager at the Parnassus Group, will be presenting the tips and techniques of making your online presence matter. Learn how to rank highly in Google and attract new customers by taking advantage of easy-to-learn social media tools.

To register for the breakfast event click here.

Date of the event: September 26, 2008 from 7:30am – 9:00am.

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EcoCommuting and Sustainable Living Fair Event

Come out and join thinkspace at the EcoCommuting and Sustainable Living Fair at Redmond Town Center on Thursday, August 21st.  This event is about celebrating a cleaner, healthier environment.  There will be over 20 informational booths showcasing what local businesses and non-profits are doing to support sustainable living.  This event is by: Greater Redmond Transportation Management Association and co-sponsored by: Redmond Town Center, Genie Industries, Microsoft, Golder, and City of Redmond.

thinkspace will have a team there to show you ways to bring sustainability into your office space.

Redmond Town Center
Thursday, August 21, 2008
From 5pm – 9pm.

Email me if you want to come join us at our booth: peter [at] thinkspace [dot] com.  Volunteers will get an organic cotton team t-shirt.

Updated: 8/21/08.  A few photos from the event.
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