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Jan
23
Thu
The biggest change to text messaging in 20 years | nativeMsg, Inc. @ The Venture Café Gathering (Havana)
Jan 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The biggest change to text messaging in 20 years | nativeMsg, Inc. @ The Venture Café Gathering (Havana) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

RCS Messaging, the much anticipated upgrade to SMS/MMS Messaging is currently being launched across all 4 major carriers. Come learn about this exciting new messaging channel, get questions answered and see live demos.

 

 

The Importance of Interns | McKelvey School of Engineering, Graduate Arts & Sciences, and the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation & Entrepreneurship @ The Venture Café Gathering (OTM)
Jan 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Importance of Interns | McKelvey School of Engineering, Graduate Arts & Sciences, and the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation & Entrepreneurship @ The Venture Café Gathering (OTM) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

Ever thought about having an intern, but don’t know where to start? Ever wondered if you could even afford an intern? Come learn about how interns can help your business and how to recruit, train, and compensate them. This panel of start up founders that have had interns will enlighten you on the benefits (and pitfalls) of hosting interns. You will also learn about programs specific to WashU that are recruiting venture hosts. WashU Departments represented include McKelvey School of Engineering, Graduate Arts & Sciences, and the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation & Entrepreneurship

 

 

Video Production 101 for Startup Marketers | Show-Me Digital @ The Venture Café Gathering (Hattie North)
Jan 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Video Production 101 for Startup Marketers | Show-Me Digital @ The Venture Café Gathering (Hattie North) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

Beth Hammock, a TV news producer for 13 years, teaches us the basics of making videos to take advantage of this powerful tool. Video is a must for marketing success because it delivers messages so effectively. When people watch a video, they retain 95% of a message. When they read the message in text, they retain just 10%. You can turn your cell phone into one of your marketing tools with Beth’s tips on lighting, framing of interviews, editing and copy writing. She’ll also teach you tricks and tools for going live on social media. Want to make a more sophisticated video than your personal creativity can handle? Beth will give you tips on finding videographers, editors and voice artists. We will practice what we have learned with cameras and lights and leave ready to take on Hollywood!

 

 

 

An Intro to Business Brokerage in STL | Saint Louis Group @ The Venture Café Gathering (Havana)
Jan 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
An Intro to Business Brokerage in STL | Saint Louis Group @ The Venture Café Gathering (Havana) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

Bill Roland and his team will explore the current landscape of business brokerage in the Saint Louis Region. Did you know that over 900 up-and-running businesses were for sale in the local area in 2018? This panel will catch you up to speed on a few things: What is a business broker? What does the process of buying/selling a business look like? What are the differences between start-ups and established businesses? Do you have an exit/entrance strategy?

 

 

Info Table: Silent Skies StL City Wide Art and Conservation Collaborative | St Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce @ The Venture Café Gathering
Jan 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Info Table: Silent Skies StL City Wide Art and Conservation Collaborative | St Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce @ The Venture Café Gathering | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

Did you know that the Arts in St Louis brings more revenue to the region than all of the sports teams combined (even when we had football?) Start Up non-profit St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce is marketing St. Louis in a whole new way. Learn how students, individual artists, arts and conservation organizations and corporations are all coming together for 8 weeks of exploration, collaboration and creative solutions to issues of conservation in our region. Executive Director Sandy Brooks EdD PPT PCS AFC will be on hand to brainstorm program details with participants. Your input is critical!

 

 

 

Info Table: What is Bunker Labs? | Bunker Labs STL @ The Venture Café Gathering
Jan 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Info Table: What is Bunker Labs? | Bunker Labs STL @ The Venture Café Gathering | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

Dedicated to supporting military veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs, Bunker Labs is founded on a mission to connect, equip and inspire its communities. Come learn about the new chapter in St Louis!

 

 

 

Community Development: How to Do Our Part Together in St. Louis | Community Allies, LLC. @ The Venture Café Gathering (Havana)
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Community Development: How to Do Our Part Together in St. Louis | Community Allies, LLC. @ The Venture Café Gathering (Havana) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

Come experience the Honoring Stories and Integrating Curriculum™ approach to facilitating sustainable community-centered development within and across sectors. This strategic ethnodramatic method provides within and cross-cultural/departmental communication practices that build teams and organizations. This method helps teams within and across sectors Do Their Part Together to invest in sustainable neighborhoods across the St. Louis region. Together, teams and organizations discover markets and connect their services meaningfully to the needs of broader demographics of communities. This panel features a conversation among three North St. Louis organizations and/or developers who are investing in sustainable neighborhoods through community-centered development. Come learn from them how they are approaching community-centered development and what productive cross-sector and cross-regional partnerships entail for them. The Tabernacle Lead Pastor Andre Alexander serves as the President of Tabernacle Community Development Corporation. His North St. Louis church and non-profit are providing affordable housing and a slew of stabilizing family support, healthcare, education and employment resources to residents in his neck of the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood. Bobby Bonner, CEO of BM3 Technology and Executive Director of Afterschool Labs is coordinating the development of interactive technology centers and youth afterschool programs. He is partnering with Community Allies who will oversee youth programs and teacher trainings focused on youth using ethnodrama to collect and share community desires for their neighborhoods. He is also working with Pastor Andre Logan of Thessalonian Baptist Church on developing affordable housing for Jeff-Vander-Lou neighbors. Charles Barnes is the Director of Employment Services at the Fathers and Families Support Center. He helps provide holistic services to families that include mentoring, employment, and training programs that help fathers and families overcome self-esteem, communication, parenting, correctional transition, and employment obstacles they are facing.

 

 

How The State of Black Educators Symposium Was Birthed | BMESTL @ The Venture Café Gathering (First Floor Cafe)
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
How The State of Black Educators Symposium Was Birthed | BMESTL @ The Venture Café Gathering (First Floor Cafe) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

Acknowledging a lack of consistent systems in the education field for Black educators, a vision to address these concerns was birthed. In less than 3 months and without any initial startup capital, The State of Black Educators Symposium has grown from a local event to a national movement to recruit, develop, support, and mentor Black educators.

On Thursday, January 23rd, the founders of The State of Black Educators Symposium will provide the thoughts, strategies, and decisions used to create a “grassroots” event that has registered over 900 people, from 10 different states.

 

 

How to be a better leader | Choice Coaching @ The Venture Café Gathering (Hattie North)
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
How to be a better leader | Choice Coaching @ The Venture Café Gathering (Hattie North) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

Being a leader is hard – there’s no doubt about it. Whether it’s the project development, the deadlines, having to deal with team dynamics, or just interacting with your direct reports when ‘life’ is happening to them; there’s a lot you have to deal with. Sadly, few of us ever get an effective guide for how to be a true leader. Instead, we get piled high with policy manuals, project specifications, and a to-do list that never seems to end.

At the end of the day, you know you could be a better leader, but it’s hard to know where to start and how to go about becoming the best leader possible. In this session, we will identify the behaviors, feelings, and thoughts that hold you back from becoming the best possible leader. Then we’ll create a clear plan for you to move forward.

If you are ready to approach leadership a little differently and to dive into an evidence-backed framework for creating change, then you will learn a tool that will help you to step up into your most powerful leadership.

Expect to be asked hard questions that you actually as we guide ourselves to meaningful answers. You’ll also connect with others in the room, learn a lot about how you work as a leader, and walk away with meaningful action items to create change.

 

 

Info Table: Maximize Your 2020 with Chat Marketing for E-commerce and Local Retailers | Hutchi Etc. @ The Venture Café Gathering
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Info Table: Maximize Your 2020 with Chat Marketing for E-commerce and Local Retailers | Hutchi Etc. @ The Venture Café Gathering | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

Did you know more than 50% of people prefer to text or watch a video when communicating with local retailers? Learn how you can reach this audience today. Stop by and ask questions on how to strategize an effective chat and email marketing plan. Who wants to build a Valentine’s Day Bot? Come watch a live demo! 😍

 

 

 

The Power of Body Language in Business | RockIt Career Consultation Services @ The Venture Café Gathering (James Crutchfield)
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Power of Body Language in Business | RockIt Career Consultation Services @ The Venture Café Gathering (James Crutchfield) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

Have you ever been in a business meeting or networking function and wanted to know what the other person you’re talking to is really thinking or feeling? Mind reading would be a great power to have, but not many of us have it. The next best thing is to better understand body language and other non-verbal communication, and then use this knowledge to your advantage.

In this workshop, we’ll talk about what people are signaling to you and how to respond to it.

 

 

Marketing and Seo Part 1 | ET Ads @ The Venture Café Gathering (Havana)
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Get your business on the 1st page of Google and Bing! Engage more customers with WiFi and Sms Marketing.

 

 

Jan
30
Thu
From the Page to the Point: Crafting your Brand Story | MRO Communications @ The Venture Café Gathering (James Crutchfield)
Jan 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
From the Page to the Point: Crafting your Brand Story | MRO Communications @ The Venture Café Gathering (James Crutchfield) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

You know that “Be yourself” or “Tell your story” are the first bits of advice we hear re: branding. But, how do we do this in a creative and engaging way? In a mini-workshop format, Maria will share some of her best writing practices for telling an authentic story in communications and marketing. Working from the customer/client/reader’s perspective, you will learn a process to craft a message that’s true to you and adds value to your brand. Maria Rodgers O’Rourke is a writer, speaker, and communications pro who works with organizations and individuals to get clear on What to Say and How to Say it.

 

 

Feb
6
Thu
How to Get WBENC WBE Certified | Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) @ The Venture Café Gathering (Havana)
Feb 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
How to Get WBENC WBE Certified | Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) @ The Venture Café Gathering (Havana) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

If your business is at least 51% owned, controlled and managed by women, consider a WBE Certification to help your business grow! You’ll discover: What is WBE Certification, What can certification do for your business, Why corporations look for WBE Certification, How do you gain certification.

You will leave knowing: Does your business qualify for national WBE certification, Next steps on how to apply for certification, and Understanding the benefits of the certification.

 

 

Hiring Excellence: Design a better selection process and develop brilliant interview questions | Beth Matteotti @ The Venture Café Gathering (James Crutchfield)
Feb 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Hiring the right people is crucial to your company’s success! How do you sort through candidates to find the best fit?

Teaming expert, Beth Matteotti, will help you develop a hiring process and interview questions that will allow you to select the best person for each vital position you’re filling to grow your business. In this interactive session, you’ll learn how the process starts with defining each role and your company’s culture.

 

 

A New Generation of Business: Marketing to Gen Z in the Digital Age | Bear Studios @ The Venture Café Gathering (James Crutchfield)
Feb 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A New Generation of Business: Marketing to Gen Z in the Digital Age | Bear Studios @ The Venture Café Gathering (James Crutchfield) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

According to recent studies, Generation Z (Gen Z) is on track to become the largest generation of consumers in just a few years. The financial impact of this group is undeniably shaping the future and understanding the implications of their decisions is key to sustainable business. This session will be led by Julie Wang and Isabella Xie, WashU students and proud members of Gen Z who are involved with Bear Studios LLC, a student-run strategy and design firm. With our expertise and personal experiences, meet Gen Z — the first generation of “true digital natives” — and take a deep dive into understanding best practices related to the customer and talent acquisition of our generation.

 

 

Feb
13
Thu
“A Space Startup Case Study: Planet Labs” | St. Louis Space Frontier @ Venture Cafe Thursday Gathering (Hattie North)
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
"A Space Startup Case Study: Planet Labs" | St. Louis Space Frontier @ Venture Cafe Thursday Gathering (Hattie North) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

Join the St. Louis Space Frontier as we explore the origins and development of one of the most successful startups in recent history, Planet Labs, from the perspective of their first Director of Mission Control.

Feb
19
Wed
Entrepreneurship Office Hours @Innovation Hall with Michael C Lamb | nativeMsg @ Innovation Hall STL (Civic Lounge)
Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Entrepreneurship Office Hours @Innovation Hall with Michael C Lamb | nativeMsg @ Innovation Hall STL (Civic Lounge) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur looking to get your new idea or concept off the ground? Did you get started and are now stuck? Having started 2 companies in the last 15 years, I have learned a few things on my entrepreneurial journey. Happy to answer questions, discuss ideas, go through pricing models and hopefully share some good general advice that helps you on your journey.

RSVP for a 30 minute slot here

 

 

Feb
20
Thu
Office Hours: Legal Help for Startups and Business Owners | Summers Compton Wells LLC @ The Venture Café Gathering (Josephine Baker)
Feb 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Office Hours: Legal Help for Startups and Business Owners | Summers Compton Wells LLC @ The Venture Café Gathering (Josephine Baker) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

Summers Compton Wells LLC provides legal advice to businesses of all sizes and industries and was selected as a Best Law Firm of 2016 by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. With offices in Ladue, Edwardsville and @4240, SCW is committed to the success of its clients throughout the St. Louis area. Whether you have questions regarding forming an entity, selling a business, negotiating a contract, or protecting intellectual property, the attorneys of SCW can get you started in the right direction. The following business attorneys will be available to discuss your legal needs on 11/21:

Mallory Fisk – http://www.summerscomptonwells.com/mallory-l-fisk.html

Adam Marquart http://www.summerscomptonwells.com/adam-marquart.html

RSVP here.

 

 

 

Office Hours: Career Concerns | Hazina Career Services @ The Venture Café Gathering (Office Hours Table B)
Feb 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Office Hours: Career Concerns | Hazina Career Services @ The Venture Café Gathering (Office Hours Table B) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

Your career concern matters, don’t ignore it. Hazina Career Services will provide opportunity for anyone who would like to consult regarding their career concern for feedback and recommendation.

RSVP here

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