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Networking Events In Hawaii For February, March, April 2017

Business networking is everywhere! It’s critical for business professionals who are new to the professional world, working a new job, those contemplating owning a business or those who are wanting to gain visibility for their business. It’s not a place to “sell” to others, but more a venue to find people who may have common business interests or whom you can help in some way. Always with come with giving in mind. Of course, when you go networking, you should definitely have types of people you’d like to meet in mind, so be selective on where you go networking. Networking is pretty awesome in the State of Hawaii and I’ve listed a few events that are taking place in the next 3 months. I have worked to ensure the information for each event is accurate, but I recommend you click on the links for more information.

February

NAPW Honolulu February Meeting: Ditch The Pitch & Attract More Clients, Mid Pacific Country Club 266 Kaelepulu Drive Kailua, HI 96734
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 12:00-1:30pm (More Info)

JLH Spring 2017 New Member Orientation, One Ala Moana Party Room 1555 Kapiolani Blvd. 6th Floor Honolulu, HI 96814
Sun, February 19, 2017, 4:00-6:00pm (More Info)

Designing the Customer Experience: An SME dinner meeting, The Pacific Club 1451 Queen Emma Street Honolulu, HI 96813
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 5:30-8:30pm (More Info)

JLH Spring 2017 New Member Orientation, One Ala Moana Party Room 1555 Kapiolani Blvd. 6th Floor Honolulu, HI 96814
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm (More Info)

Ad2Honolulu Water Cooler Wednesday Pau Hana Event 700 Queen St. Honolulu, HI 96813-5110 (Future Advertising & Marketing Professionals, Generally 32 yrs & younger)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm (More Info)

Kailua Chamber of Commerce Pau Hana Mixer Mahaloha Burger 143 Hekili Street – Kailua 96734
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)

Kaneohe Business Group Luncheon with Lani Almanza by Kaneohe Business Group, Good Samaritan Pohai Nani 45-090 Namoku Street Kaneohe, HI 96744
Wed, February 22, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)

Professional Women’s Network Luncheon, The Pacific Club 1451 Queen Emma Street Honolulu, HI 96813
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)

RUSHwahine -O’AHU- Splitting the Room, Bistro Casanova 33 Lono Street Wailuku, Hi
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)

RUSHwahine -O’AHU- Splitting the Room, MAC 24/7 Hilton Waikiki Beach 2500 Kuhio Avenue Honolulu, Hi 96815
Friday, February 24, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)

Kauai Chamber Business Lunch with Kelvin Taketa, Kauai Beach Resort 4331 Kauai Beach Dr. Lihue, HI 96766
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 11:30am (More Info)

Networking & Nonprofits Veranda at the Kahala Hotel 5000 Kahala Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96816
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)

Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Hilo Yacht Club 77 Laehala St Hilo, HI 96720
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)

Kapolei/Ewa Community Connections Meeting by Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine Kapolei Hale City Hall 1000 Ulu’ohi’a Street Rooms A, B, C Kapolei, HI 96707
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)

March

Emerging Trends and Their Implications for Hawaii
Hawaii Economic Association, Plaza Club 20th floor, Pioneer Plaza Building
Thursday 11:30am-1:30 pm (More Info)

Maui Chamber 2017 Mayor’s Small Business Awards King Kamehameha Golf Club-Waikapu Ballroom 2500 Honoapiilani Hwy Wailuku, Hawaii  96793
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 5:00-8:45pm; registration starts at 5pm (More Info)

Hawaii Business Magazine 20 for the Next 20: The Alii Awards THE MODERN HONOLULU, 1775 Ala Moana Boulevard Honolulu, HI 96815
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 5:30-9:00pm (More Info)

Pacific Edge Magazine Jan-Mar 2017 Issue Launch and Networking Event, The Kahala Hotel & Resort 5000 Kahala Avenue Honolulu, HI 96816
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)

Executive Women International (EWI) Honolulu, TBA (click on More Info to get further info)
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 5:30pm (More Info)

West Oahu Professional Network, Speed Business Networking Kapolei Golf Club
91-701 Farrington Highway Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)

Women Who Mean Business, The Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd. Honolulu HI, 96815
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 5:00pm-9:00pm (More Info)

Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce Journey Through The Universe Hawai`i Island Grand Naniloa Hotel Sandalwood Room 93 Banyan Dr Hilo, HI 96720
Monday, March 13, 2017, 5:00-8:00pm (More Info)

Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce A Listening Session With Chamber Of Commerce Hawaii, Hilo Yacht Club 77 Laehala St Hilo, HI 96720
Monday, March 15, 2017, 5:30-7:00pm (More Info)

MRTC BiTT – Mar. 2017 | SOUTH MAUI Business in the Think Tank | FREE, Maui Research & Technology Center (MRTC) 590 Lipoa Pkwy, Suite 119, Kihei, HI
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 11:45am-1:30pm (More Info)

Networking & Nonprofits
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)

West Oahu Professional Network, Stars Business Networking BeauTEAville 525 Farrington Hwy, Suite 102 Kapolei, HI  96707
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)

RUSHwahine -MAUI- Tradeshow ROI, Bistro Casanova 33 Lono Street Wailuku, Hi
Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (More Info)

RUSHwahine O’AHU Tradeshow ROI, MAC 24/7 Hilton Waikiki Beach 2500 Kuhio Avenue Honolulu, Hi 96815
Friday, March 17, 2017 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)

Professional Women’s Network Luncheon, The Pacific Club 1451 Queen Emma Street Honolulu, HI 96813
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)

Women Making History Awards Celebration and Book Signing Luncheon 4997 Kahala Avenue Honolulu, HI 96816
Sunday, March 26, 2017 11:00am-2:00pm (More Info)

Hui No’eau BiTT – Mar. 2017 | UPCOUNTRY MAUI Business in the Think Tank | FREE Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center 2841 Baldwin Avenue, Makawao, HI
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 11:45am-1:30pm (More Info)

Kauai Chamber Business After Hours, Old Republic Title & Escrow 3176 Poipu Rd. Suite #3 Koloa, HI 96756
Thursday, March 30, 2016, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)

April

Pacific Business News Bizwomen Mentoring Monday, Pomaikai Ballrooms 735 Iwilei Road Honolulu HI, 96817
Monday, April 3, 2017 8:00am-10:00am (More Info)

MCBRC BiTT – Apr. 2017 | CENTRAL MAUI Business in the Think Tank | FREE, Maui County Business Resource Center Maui Mall, Kahului, HI, 96733, us
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 11:45am-1:30pm (More Info)

Executive Women International (EWI) Honolulu, The Plaza Club 900 Fort Street—20th Floor Honolulu, HI 96813
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 5:30pm (More Info)

West Oahu Professional Network, Speed Business Networking Kapolei Golf Club
91-701 Farrington Highway Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)

West Oahu Professional Network, Stars Business Networking BeauTEAville 525 Farrington Hwy, Suite 102 Kapolei, HI  96707
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)

Kauai Chamber Business After Hours, Koloa Landing Resort 2641 Poipu Rd Koloa, HI 96756
Thursday, April 20, 2016, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)

Professional Women’s Network Luncheon, The Pacific Club 1451 Queen Emma Street Honolulu, HI 96813
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)

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Downtown Wine Store – A Great Community Gathering Place

I enjoy tasting and drinking wine. I was not a fan of wine, just 8 years ago, but, over the years, have learned to appreciate the complexities of different wines. I used to say I’m a “wine-for-dummies” wine drinker, but I have surpassed that to the next stage: I am beginning to know what I like but am still not a snob. That’s why I enjoy going to the Wine Loft on 401 Columbia Street NW in Downtown Olympia.

Wine Loft Owner, Justin Wilkes

New owner Justin Wilkes is very knowledgeable about his inventory and seeks to educate customers to find a perfect match between wine drinker and wine. Oregon born and raised, he moved up to Washington to learn from one of the master sommeliers. When the opportunity came up, he acquired the little wine shop.

Going into the little 30’x40’ brick building is like walking into an adult candy shop full of wines and spirits. Thought small, he has a nice selection of wines that may or may not be found in big box stores. He greets you and genuinely cares about what your palate desires, what your price point is and what you have an affinity for…then offers you something you may not have tried before. His occasional wine tastings are a must-do on a Saturday afternoon. On a recent visit to the Labor Day Saturday tasting, my friend and I met someone I knew, which is generally the standard for a neat community venue of like kind.

I recommend that part of your Downtown Olympia tour should include (or just make it a point to go) a stop at the Wine Loft. You will be treated like you’re important and not an ignoramus.

Business Networking in Western WA February, March, April 2017

Are you a new business professional in Western Washington? Have you been in business but want to expand your network? Are you in sales, marketing or nonprofits and are interested in raising visibility for your organization? If so, then here’s the list for you if you want to network from Centralia to Seattle. Be sure to check out the links before you plan to go to any of the events and groups, as times, dates or locations may change (information is based off org website information at the time of this post). Business networking events are good way to meet owners or contacts from businesses of all sizes, depending on the community and event. If you find some whom you’d like to get to know to be a resource to or to ask questions about their industry, follow up is key! Set up a coffee meeting for a one-on-one to learn more about them and get to know them. Don’t try to sell! Not a good way to get to know people and build business relationships. Repetition and consistency leads to reliability and credibility.

This list is not comprehensive but will give you a good start or more options, if you’re a seasoned networking veteran. If you found these beneficial, know of others I should add to the list or anything else, please feel free to leave a comment. Happy networking!

img_3046February

  • Thurston Chamber Morning Mixxer at Greene Realty 1722 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, 7:30-8:30am (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber Luncheon, Emerald Queen Conference Center
    5580 Pacific Hwy E, Fife. Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • Thurston Chamber Forum: Education Summit, Saint Martin Worthington Center, 5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017,11:30-1:30pm (More Info)
  • Alliance of Women Owned Business, The INN at Gig Harbor 3211 56th Street Northwest, Gig Harbor, Washington 98335. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Mixer Iron Horse 333 15th Street NE, Auburn, WA. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Puyallup Sumner Chamber Business After Hours Columbia Bank 4220 S Meridian Puyallup WA 98373. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • SWKCC/Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Business Awards & Recognition Luncheon Four Points by Sheraton Seattle Airport 22406 Pacific Highway South Des Moines, WA 98198. Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Toast of Seattle at Il Fornaio 600 Pine St Suite 132, Pacific Place, Seattle, WA, 98101. Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, 7:30-9:30am (More Info)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Luncheon Featuring: WorkWell Awards – A Celebration of the Healthy Workplace Pacific Grill Events Center 1530 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402. Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)
  • Centralia-Chehalis Chamber Forum at O’Blarney’s 221 N Tower St, Centralia, WA 98531. Monday, February 13, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499.Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503.Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501.Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017,7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Puget Sound Business Journal Innovation Awards W Seattle Hotel 1112 4th Ave Seattle WA, 98101. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • Well Women Wednesday, Tumwater Curves 7249 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 12:30-1:30pm ($5 at the Door More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  •  Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce WIBLI “21” Lunch – Winter 2017 1301 Fifth Ave, Suite 1500, Seattle, WA, 98101. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM (More Info)
  • Network After Work Seattle At Hard Rock Café 116 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 6:00-9:00pm (More Info)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber-After Hours Gordon Thomas Honeywell 1201 Pacific Ave Ste 2100 Tacoma, WA 98402-4314. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)
  • Thurston Chamber Business After Hours At Cabinets By Trivonna, 444 Lacey Blvd Ste G, Lacey, WA. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Centralia-Chehalis Chamber Business After Hours Chehalis Theater 558 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis. Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Mixer BSB & Raw Muckleshoot Casino, 2402 Auburn Way S, Auburn, WA. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber Luncheon, Economic Forecast and Prosperity Awards Emerald Queen Conference Center 5580 Pacific Hwy E, Fife. Wednesday, February 17, 2017, 8:00am-9:30am (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • SWKCC/Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Courtyard by Marriott 16038 W Valley Hwy Tukwila, WA 98188. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, 4:00-6:00pm (More Info)
  • TAG Thurston Advertising Group Freestyle Networking Event 2302 Harrison Ave NW Ste 101, Olympia, WA 98502. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Café Pacific Catering, 4402 Auburn Way N, Auburn, WA. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber West Side Wakeup! Allenmore Pavilion 2013 S Cedar St. **Building number is 2125**Tacoma, WA 98405. Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Alliance of Women Owned Business Women-Owned Nights, Location TBA Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm  (More Info)

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March

  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Lacey South Sound Chamber Forum Saint Martin’s Worthington Center 5300 Pacific Avenue Lacey, WA  98503. Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 11:30am-1:15pm (More Info)
  • SWKCC/Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Morning Buzz 14220 Interurban Ave S #134 Tukwila, WA 98168. Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 8:30-9:30am (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Auburn Wine & Caviar, 2402 A Street SE, Auburn, WA. Thursday, March 2, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Puyallup Sumner Chamber Wake Up At Dillanos 1607 45th St Sumner, WA. Thursday, March 2, 2017, 8:00-9:00am (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, March 3, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Thurston Chamber Morning Mixxer TBD. Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:30am-8:30am (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Thurston Chamber Speed Networking Saint Martin’s University – Norman Worthington Conference Center 5300 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey. Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm (More Info)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Iron Horse 333 15th Street NE, Auburn, WA. Thursday, March 9, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber Luncheon, Emerald Queen Conference Center
    5580 Pacific Hwy E, Fife. Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • Thurston Chamber Forum, Best of the South Sound Saint Martin Worthington Center, 5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503. Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, March 10, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Luncheon Pacific Grill Events Center 1530 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402. Friday, March 10, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)
  • Centralia-Chehalis Chamber Forum at O’Blarney’s 221 N Tower St, Centralia, WA 98531. Monday, March 13, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Well Women Wednesday, Tumwater Curves 7249 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 12:30-1:30pm ($5 at the door, More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Mixer BSB & Raw Muckleshoot Casino, 2402 Auburn Way S, Auburn, WA. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Centralia-Chehalis Chamber Business After Hours TBD. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)
  • Puyallup Sumner Chamber Annual Workforce Connections Breakfast Pioneer Park Pavilion 330 S Meridian Puyallup, WA. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:00-9:30am (More Info)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber-After Hours & Business Expo 2017 Freighthouse Square 2501 E D St Tacoma, WA 98421. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)
  • Thurston Chamber Business After Hours TBD. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, March 17, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Seattle Network After Work At Amber 2214 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA. Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, 6:00-9:00pm (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Toast of Seattle at City University 521 Wall St, Seattle, WA, 98121. Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7:30-9:30am (More Info)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Green River Cyclery & Busted Bike Café & Tap House, 8 S Division St, Auburn, WA. Thursday, March 23, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, March 24, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Lacey South Sound Chamber St. Martin’s Alumni Association Capital Food and Wine Festival, Saint Martin’s Pavilion & Worthington Center 5300 Pacific Avenue Lacey, WA  98503. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 12:00-9:00pm (More Info)
  • Alliance of Women Owned Business Women-Owned Nights, Location TBA Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm  (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Mega Mixer at Merrill Gardens, 15 S Division St, Auburn, WA. Thursday, March 30, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber West Side Wakeup! Allenmore Pavilion 2013 S Cedar St. **Building number is 2125**Tacoma, WA 98405. Friday, March 31, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, March 31, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)

April

  • Puget Sound Business Journal BizWomen Mentoring Monday Washington Athletic Club 1325 6th Ave Seattle, WA 985101. Monday, April 3, 2017, 7:30-9:30am (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Thurston Chamber Morning Mixxer TBD. Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7:30-8:30am (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Lacey South Sound Chamber Forum Saint Martin’s Worthington Center 5300 Pacific Avenue Lacey, WA  98503. Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 11:30am-1:15pm (More Info)
  • SWKCC/Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Morning Buzz 14220 Interurban Ave S #134 Tukwila, WA 98168. Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 8:30-9:30am (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Auburn Wine & Caviar, 2402 A Street SE, Auburn, WA. Thursday, April 6, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, April 7, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Centralia-Chehalis Chamber Forum at O’Blarney’s 221 N Tower St, Centralia, WA 98531. Monday, April 10, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Thurston Chamber Forum, Thurston Green Business Hotel RL Olympia – Downstairs Ballroom 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW Olympia, WA 98502. Wednesday, April 12, 2017,11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber Luncheon, Emerald Queen Conference Center
    5580 Pacific Hwy E, Fife. Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Iron Horse 333 15th Street NE, Auburn, WA. Thursday, April 13, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Tacoma Pierce County Chamber Luncheon Pacific Grill Events Center 1530 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402. Friday, April 14, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, April 14, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Mixer BSB & Raw Muckleshoot Casino, 2402 Auburn Way S, Auburn, WA. Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Centralia-Chehalis Chamber Business After Hours TBD. Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)
  • Thurston Chamber Business After Hours TBD. Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber-After Hours Image 360 3838 S Warner St. Tacoma, WA 98409. Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, April 21, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • The IN TEAM, South Sound Manor Event Center, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce IN-NW Digital Marketing Conference 2017 Showbox SoDo 1700 1st Ave South, Seattle, WA, 98134. Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm (More Info)
  • SWKCC/Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Dawn of a New Day Benefit Breakfast DoubleTree Hilton Airport 18740 International Blvd Seattle, WA 98188. Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7:30-10:00am (More Info)
  • The IN TEAM, Forrey’s Forza 130 Marvin Rd SE, Ste 130, Lacey, Washington 98503. Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, Café Pacific Catering, 4402 Auburn Way N, Auburn, WA. Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber West Side Wakeup! Allenmore Pavilion 2013 S Cedar St. **Building number is 2125**Tacoma, WA 98405. Friday, April 28, 2017, 7:30-9:00am (More Info)
  • IgniteU, Great American Casino 10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499. Friday, April 28, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (membership-based; 1st mtg free; as a courtesy, please order food)

Links:

Alliance of Business Owned Women

Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce

Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce

Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber of Commerce

IgniteU Networking Group

Lacey South Sound Chamber

Network After Work Seattle

Puget Sound Business Journal

Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce

The IN TEAM Networking Group

Thurston Chamber of Commerce Events

Just Like Family!

The world is full great businesses. Before I got into business, I didn’t pay much attention except when the business provided bad service or the prices were unreasonable. (I still pay attention to that) However, I love finding businesses that provide either a unique product or service, or have amazing staff that treats customers like family. Sandstone Distillery is one of those kinds of businesses that treat you like family the moment you walk in. The business is run by husband and wife, John and Jenni Bourdon, along with their son, Justin, and makes all of their spirits (including bacon whiskey) onsite. John tells the story, Jenni serves you up some samples and Justin explains the distilling process. Heck, you may even see the other family members pitching in, here and there.

They offer their local products in establishments around Thurston County, Washington, but are gaining visibility at various festivals, networking groups and Total Wine in Western Washington. They’ll even set you up with gift packs! If you’re ever in Tenino, Washington, you’ve got to check them out at 842 Wright Rd SE Tenino, WA, 98589, email them or call (360) 239-7272. They’re definitely special people!

South Sound Entrepreneur Showcases Talent In Many Ways

Many techies like to play with systems. Trevor Altman is no exception. But how many of them actually has a stage presence as well? Trevor Altman does. His one and a half year old business is increasing in service offerings and can meet the needs of wedding and event planners throughout the South Puget Sound region of  Western Washington. I spoke with him this summer to learn more about how he’s evolved into a thriving small business owner.

thumb_img_2232_1024As a teen, Trevor was involved in sound and audio technical activities at church, eventually completing the audio technician program at Berklee College. When someone asked him to DJ for a wedding, the rest was history; he embarked on owning and running his own business. At first he offered his services as a DJ for weddings, then marketed at wedding shows and to event planners. Now, he has a robust offering and has a lighting tech, audio tech, videographer and a staff of 4 DJ’s. Not only does he offer quality entertainment, he also serves as a master of ceremonies for venues in need of one and has a recording studio too! I have witnessed him in action–he’s a natural! He is a unique business owner who works hands on with customers, is not a franchise, customizes services to fit each client’s needs and he’s also a very genuine individual. Anyone with a small or large-scale event in need of quality audio technical, emceeing, entertainment and recording services in the South Puget Sound area of Western Washington should contact Altman Audio.

Little Town That Boasts A Big Brew

The tech industry has been good to Kit Larimer. He’s worked for big companies, including Microsoft, as well as some electronics companies. But his small hometown of Cle Elum was calling him back. However, after making a decent living, what could the small town offer him that would keep him gainfully employed?Roslyn Brew Company8

Roslyn Brewing Company had been in business for 14 years when Kit was evaluating his options. The craft brewery, located on 207 Pennsylvania Avenue in Roslyn, Washington, was just what he was looking for. That was in 2004. Kit’s now owned the brewery for 12 yrs, which, at that time, offered two brews: Brookside and Roslyn. Now, he’s added 4 more (Red Lager, Belgium Ale, India Pale Ale, Boomtown Ale) and is working on a 5th. Currently, Roslyn Brewing Company beers are sold at bottle shops and served at fine establishments around Washington State. Lucky for Washingtonians!Roslyn Brew Company2Roslyn Brew Company

Next time you’re in Washington State, stop by Gravity Beer in Olympia, Washington, 99 Bottles in Federal Way or the over 150+ locations around Washington State and try one of their brews.

Live Local.

If There’s No Job That Utilizes Your Skill Set, Create That Perfect Job

SmallBizYou’ve been working at a company long enough to know it with your eyes closed and you’ve been pursuing your passion that has produced another set of skills. Both allow you to be gainfully employed and then some, but you’re only working the one that guarantees to pay your bills. You aren’t being challenged at your current job and the jobs that would utilize your passion skill sets require years of experience to get hired. What do you do? Consider becoming a business owner.

Being a business owner is no easy feat, but is doable if you do some soul-searching, planning and development of your potential business idea/ideas. Write those ideas down to answer:

  • who is your target market
  • what will you provide
  • why you want provide your goods or services
  • how will you provide those goods or services
  • how much will you need to provide those goods or services
  • where will you provide your goods or services
  • when will you start your business

Visit your local Small Business Association, research your potential competition, interview businesses in the same industry you’re interested in.

You can do anything with careful contemplation, planning and motivation!

Aromatic Flavors of Curry House Lacey

As you can tell, I enjoy eating—especially cultural cuisine. I live in a small city that is bordered by two other smalls cities, comprisingIMG_9851 the “tri-cities” of Western Washington. We don’t have tons of multi-ethnic cuisine but, thankfully, we have an Indian restaurant that boasts such flavor and hospitality that I cannot help but share. The Curry House at 8765 Tallon Ln NE, Unit H, Lacey, WA 98516 has become my “go-to” restaurant for curry and spice. 
When you enter the establishment during lunch, owner Pranjit welcomes you with her warm smile. After ushering you to a table, your olfactories are met with tantalizing smells of curry, garlic and other flavors that helps you to know you are, indeed, in an Indian restaurant. The menu (also available online) offers selections of appetizers, clay oven dishes and vegetarian. Don’t worry if you’re a meat-lover, there are number of chicken or lamb, to satisfy your carnivorous hunger pangs. Each meal is so robust, even during lunch that you leave with leftovers for the next meal! I love this because it offers a great value for the price. I usually eat the vegetarian entrée because I thoroughly enjoy Mattir Paneer, a curry contaiIMG_9854ning Indian cheese and peas, and comes with other curry dishes and basmati rice. Mmmm…basmati rice with cloves and other spices. Of course, each of these entrée dishes comes with Naan (Indian flatbread). This facilitates dipping and enjoying the various sauces on your plate!
Please, if you’re in the Lacey, Washington area, specifically the Martin Way area near Hawks Prairie Costco, stop by the Curry House Lacey. Also, if you’re in a hurry, you can also order online and pick up your meal. You will not be disappointed! And, if you happen to meet Pranjit, please let her know Karen, the Hawaii lady, sent you.

Arirang Market: Small Market Feel with Big Flavor

IMG_9285I love going to small businesses that have character, familiarity and coziness. Arirang Oriental Market is no exception. Started by Mr. Woo, a wonderfully humble Korean man, this little community market, located at 7940 Martin Way E, Lacey, Washington, boasts a variety of products that will satisfy any type of Asian recipe outside of Tacoma and Seattle. From fresh garlic, to homemade kimchee, to Thai and Hawaiian products, you can find most ingredients to satisfy your Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai or Chinese homemade dish. For you Hawaiians craving home cooking, you can find crack see, poi (frozen), Aloha Shoyu and other yummies. IMG_9284

I must not neglect that this little market does specialize in a few things besides homemade kimchee (by the way, is good for kimchee fried rice): kim pop and chop chae. Kim pop is a Korean sushi roll that includes watercress, takuan and carrots wrapped in plain (not vinegared) rice with nori (seaweed paper). Great for a quick lunch or to take to parties as an appetizer (or as we Hawai’i people call it—pupu). Chop chae is a stir-fried noodle dish with a bunch of julienned veggies, garlic (of course) and clear noodles. This, too, is a great dish for a lunch or pupu.

Alice Woo and her husband Sung now run the store but the elder Woos are on occasionally to say hello and help out in the back. This is the small enterprise that is being perpetuated through the next generation, while serving those with Asian product needs.

Next time you go in, let Alice know you read about their great establishment on Talking Small Biz!

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