Friday, February 26, 2010

Palm Coast & Daytona Beach Business Events thru March 15

Here are some select business events that have been on our radar for the first half of March 2010, we'd like to share with you:
Wednesday, March 3 at 6PM
19 Essential Secrets of Entrepreneurship
A keynote speech by a celebrated "Youngpreneur," Cameron Johnson, takes place at the Mori Hosseini Bldng at Daytona State College. This is a Free Event - more information here

Friday, March 5 | 8:30 to 10:30 AM
Doing Business and Opportunities with the Government
Sponsored by Congressman John L. Mica, a this Business Seminar will take place at the News-Journal Center, 221 North Beach Street, Daytona Beach. The seminar features Federal and State Experts, to provide the latest information on how to conduct business with various government agencies. This is a free event. For RSVP and further information contact 407.657.8080.

Wednesday, March 10 | 11 AM to 7 PM
Free Coworking Jelly for Professionals
Office Divvy's monthly co-working jelly session for solo-entrepreneurs, technical and creative folks will take place this second Wednesday of March from 11 am to 7 pm. Just grab your laptop and join other area professionals for side-by-side solo-work (which makes it a great networking opportunity as well). This is a free event. All you need to do is bring your laptop. Office Divvy provides the space, high speed internet, coffee, tea, and snacks. More info.

Thursday, March 11 | 8 to 11 AM
Seminar: Listening to Your Business
Organized by the Daytona Beach Small Business Development Center, the seminar takes place at the Flagler Room of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce, located at 20 Airport Road (off Rt. 100) in Palm Coast. This is free seminar, though registration is required. To register call 386.506.4723 or email sbdc@daytonastate.edu

Friday, March 12 | 7 PM
Movie Night in Palm Coast Town Center
Well, okay this is not exactly a business event, but not everything is about business, especially on a Friday night, right? Enjoy a movie night for the whole family, outdoors, at the New Town Center's Central Park. Tonight's movie is Madagascar II, a delightful animated film to entertain all age groups. Plan on bringing blankets, chairs and bug spray. For more information, please call the City of Palm Coast's Recreation and Parks Department at 386.986.2323.

Wednesday, March 17 | 6 to 8 PM
Tweetup At Golden Lion in Flagler Beach
...well, okay we did say through March 15th, but advance planning doesn't hurt: Hosted by the Golden Lion's celebrity bartender, Mark Woods (aka TikiTender), the Twitter Meetup (hence the name tweetup) will take place at Golden Lion Cafe in Flagler Beach on this third Wednesday of March between 6 PM and 8 PM. It's a good occasion to have fun, and meet Flagler County's social media participants who are on Facebook and Twitter. More information can be found at http://twtvite.com/6h4uum

Hope the above helps the area's Small Business Owners, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs start the month of march off on the right foot. We look forward to connecting with you at one of the above events..

Feel free to call the Executive Concierge / Front Desk Staff at Office Divvy, for any questions, or if you have relevant events you'd like us to list: 1.888.533.4889


19 Essential Secrets of Entrepreneurship by Cameron Johnson

Young Entrepreneur Cameron Johnson, started his first business at the age of 9, and before he graduated from high school he was already recognized by one of the most successful "Youngpreneur" in the world.

Mr. Johnson is coming to Daytona Beach, for a keynote speech at the L. Gale Lemerand Center for Entrepreneurship. The event is free and open to public. It will take place at the Mori Hosseini Center (building 1200) located at the Daytona State College, 1200 W. International Speedway Boulevard, on Wednesday, March 3, at 6 PM.

Reservations though are required. You can call the Florida Small Business Development Center at the Daytona State College at 386.506.4723, email sbdc@daytonastate.edu, or register online. Again, there is no cost to attend.




"True Prosperity is not something you can take from the world; it's something you share with the world."
Cameron Johnson


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Market Research 101 for Small Business

Join Harriet Lewis and Rudley Lewis, founders of Konesens Research, an international market research company headquartered in Palm Coast, FL.

Harriet and Rudley will be providing a workshop on "Market Research Tools for Small Business" on Friday February 26th, 10:30-12:00 pm at Office Divvy.

Key Speaking Points:
  • Research Methodologies
  • Data collection methodologies
  • Sampling
  • Research Software
Due to the workshop format space is very limited space.

Please RSVP to Office Divvy front-desk if you're interested in attending: 1.888.533.4889

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Interesting "Entrepreneur" Observations from Fred Wilson

Ky Ekinci : Co-Founder Office Divvyby Ky Ekinci
Co-Founder,
Office Divvy

Interesting blog post on entrepreneurship from a highly recognized Venture Capitalist, Fred Wilson reflecting on his exchange with Raffi Amit, the Professor who runs the Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs stirred some thoughts for me...

Fred Wilson says to Raffi Amit:
"You can't teach people to be entrepreneurs, but you can teach entrepreneurs business."
Amit replies:
"There are no unique and defining characteristics of entrepreneurs."
Translation: Amit basically means one can be taught to be an entrepreneur.

This exchange caused me to reflect on several things I've read on the idea of whether Entrepreneurs are born, or made. Two articles I read and remember from late in 2009 are:
I also remember reading an interesting study by the Kauffman Foundation on Entrepreneur profiles last summer.. The study found that most entrepreneurs were well-educated, married with children, and the median age was 40 --which I'm sure can be found on the Kauffman Foundation website. That study also relates to this subject matter.

My thoughts on whether entrepreneurs are born or made: Some of the entrepreneurs I've met came from nothing; some from extreme hardships; some were the sons and daughters of "lifelong employees," those who never made an entrepreneurial move, and even discouraged their children's idea of risk-taking and starting businesses. While I've known others who were well educated, and the children of accomplished, well-networked, well-respected business people.

I'm opposed to labels because it's limiting. Making "entrepreneurship" about genes, heritage, privilege, lineage creates barriers, intended or not.

Was Henry Ford's parents entrepreneurs? Was Bill Gates' father an Entrepreneur? How about Will Keith Kellogg's parents?

My father began as a worker (whose parents were peasants, and later his father became a clerk). He stayed as a worker for years, later becoming an entrepreneur at the age of 40, due to dramatic changes in his field; and he did well as a business owner, which was not familiar territory.

That said, Fred Wilson makes some additional points in his blog post, that I think are on the money. Mr. Wilson says he believes that there are "unique and defining characteristics of entrepreneurs," such as the five he observes most freqently:
  1. A stubborn belief in one's self
  2. A confidence bordering on arrogance
  3. A desire to accept risk and ambiguity, and the ability to live with them
  4. An ability to construct a vision and sell it to many others
  5. A magnet for talent
...okay, I'm jumping around a little bit, but this makes me think about the concept of "Level 5 Leadership" as Jim Collins describes it in his highly popular book, Good to Great. There, Mr. Collins gives examples of some leaders dramatically changing their past behavior and style, impacted by a life-changing experience, and becoming a highly effective leader, and making a mediocre company good, and good one a great company...

Hence the question I'm left with, is whether the five qualities Mr. Wilson lists, (1. Stubborn belief in one's self, 2. Confidence bordering on arrogance, 3. Desire to accept risk and ambiguity, 4. The ability to live with risk and ambiguity, and 5. Ability to construct a vision and sell it to many others) can come after birth... Can these qualities be acquired through experience, circumstances, and desire?

Professor Raffi Amit or Fred Wilson's point of view?.. Does entrepreneurship come at birth, or can it be taught/learned?

Do you have an answer?


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Fred Wilson's Website
Fred Wilson on Twitter: @FredWilson
Fred Wilson's Original Blog Entry

Professor Raffi Amit's Website


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mashable's Ben Parr reports Facebook is the 2nd Most Visited Site in the US

Pretty amazing news, and we don't have not much more to say other than showing this graphic, and adding that Facebook now overtook Yahoo as the second most visited site in the United States...



Most users find Facebook pretty amazing, and the growth obviously is continuing...

For the original Mashable article by Benn Parr, click here...


Monday, February 15, 2010

Year of the Tiger -- What does it mean for Business?

Sim Taing : Co-Founder Office DivvySim Taing
Co-Founder
Office Divvy

Chinese New Year 4708 (or 2010 in the Western calendar), is the Year of the Tiger.

The Tiger represents the third year in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Tiger started on February 12, 2010 and will end on February 2, 2011. Next time we will celebrate the Year of the Tiger will be in 2022.

Not so good news: The Year of the Tiger is traditionally associated with massive changes and social upheaval.

Therefore 2010 will likely be a very volatile year on both the world scene, as well as on the business and personal levels. Tigers (those who were born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, and 1986) are best suited to navigate through 2010 since they thrive on chance and unpredictability.

For those who were not born a Tiger, a good strategy is to step up to challenges and embrace the changes in 2010 by taking bolder actions to pursue one's business and personal goals. Keep a steady hand on the helm and do not allow uncertainties and challenges to shake you. Whatever the challenges, face them directly and rise above them.

If we can ride out the current global economic crisis, tiger or non-tiger, we will achieve great success and fortune in 2011 and beyond.

The following are some famous people born in The Year of the Tiger: Sheryl Crow, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jay Leno, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Hugh Hefner. These people achieved their dreams, and we should be inspired to pursue our dreams in 2010.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Small Business & Entrepreneur Advice by George Cloutier

Ky Ekinci : Co-Founder Office Divvyby Ky Ekinci
Co-Founder,
Office Divvy


George Cloutier, the author of “Profits Aren’t Everything, They’re the Only Thing” and the founder and Chief Executive of American Management Services, has candid and powerful advice for the Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs...

In an interview by Kermit Pattison titled "Fire Your Relatives. Scare Your Employees. And Stop Whining" published in the New York Times' online Small Business Section yesterday, Mr. Cloutier's advice includes gems like, putting profits above all, always paying yourself first, shocking your laggard employees, and not accepting any excuses.

Mr. Clover calls tradeshows “just a flimsy excuse for a paid vacation.” He considers sweat equity "working for nothing and being a fool.” To him, teamwork is "vastly overrated.” And if you ever apply for a job at American Management Services, don’t mention that you like to play golf.

A complete New York Times article with a condensed version of the entertaining interview with Mr. Cloutier can be found here. Enjoy!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Palm Coast CPA is running for CFO of Florida

Ky Ekinci : Co-Founder Office Divvyby Ky Ekinci
Co-Founder,
Office Divvy


Ken Mazzie, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Palm Coast resident is running for the office of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the State of Florida...

Just before noon on February 6th, Ken announced his candidacy on twitter and facebook simultaneously with the following words:


In two days, Ken’s facebook page attracted nearly 100 fans, and they were outspoken about their support for his campaign. His campaign also made announcements on two Flagler County / Palm Coast online portals: FlaglerChat.com and FlaglerOnline.com.

The campaign is using social media and a campaign website to build a community and support for Ken Mazzie.

Ken is a friend of mine, and he has previously provided CPA services to the company I co-founded, Office Divvy ™, as well as another nationwide company I’ve been associated with.

I’ve known him personally and through professional platforms -- my impression of Ken is that he is a good guy, a go-getter, a family and a community-man. I like the fact that someone from Palm Coast is running for higher office in the State of Florida. I wish him success in his campaign, and ask my friends and business associates in Florida to check him out.

Here’s how you can connect with Ken:

Ky
2/9/2010