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Gurus@noon

Posted on Apr 24, 2015

Gurus@noon

For the purpose of getting more collaborations and connections happening between members on a regular basis, we are experimenting with a new structure for Tuesdays@noon. Instead of the typical stand-up-in-front-of-the-class instruction, we are putting out a call for experts (“gurus”) on a number of themes and asking them to “hold court” for one Tuesday@noon in the Event room at their own table, like a “help desk.”  Each Tuesday showcases gurus of similar expertise, utilizing a coworking-friendly concept called “coopetition.” Members, would you...

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Jason’s Tech Tips: “No Start menu in Windows 8 is driving me bonkers!”

Posted on Apr 21, 2015

Of all the questions–or should I say complaints–that I get about Windows 8, the missing Start menu is #1.  Why Microsoft thought it would be a good idea to get rid of the Start menu that’s been around since Windows 95 days, and replace it with a screen filled with big colored blocks is anybody’s guess. Or is it?  According to Microsoft, it’s OUR fault! Per a principal program manager at Microsoft, “We’d seen the trend in Windows 7.  When we evolved the taskbar we saw adoption of pinning on the taskbar.  We were seeing people pin like crazy.  And so we saw the Start menu...

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Understanding the Elephant: Growing with LinkedIn

Posted on Mar 25, 2015

Understanding the Elephant: Growing with LinkedIn

Follow-up classes for LinkedIn: April 30, Thurs, 12-1:30pm: Raising the bar on your LinkedIn profile (Register for $25, 8 seats only): In this 90-minute small-group session every participant will get a review of their profile, with discussion by the full class to uncover strengths and suggestions. Get ideas from your peers and learn as much from their reviews as you do from your own! Walk away with confidence in the elements that you’ve mastered, and have at least three top priority next-step ideas to move forward with. Class limited to 8 participants. Taught by Charlie King,...

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OfficeXpats is 2014 “Small Business of the Year”!

Posted on Mar 13, 2015

OfficeXpats is 2014 “Small Business of the Year”!

OfficeXpats is incredibly grateful for the recognition as Small Business of the Year for 2014. So of course when the Chamber published the contributions of each of the winners, we thought ours could use some comment. “OfficeXpats actively contributes to economic development on the island as a co-working space for entrepreneurs, “solopreneurs”, consultants and remote workers…” Gosh thanks, and we sure love our “solopreneurs,” but we must nitpick… there’s no hyphen in “coworking.” All journalists seem to make this...

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Thank you, Alice, a true ambassador for community!

Posted on Mar 5, 2015

This post carries sad news. Alice David—one of our own, one of the most positive, creative, energetic people I’ve ever met—died yesterday, March 4, 2015. She was our early morning ambassador for about 10 months, and she quit last June to take the summer off only to discover that she had colon cancer. She started out with a very positive prognosis but it didn’t go well. Last fall she slid quickly into the reality that this might be terminal. Then there was some hope. And now she’s gone. I’d like to thank all of you who visited Alice, gave some money to her family, kept her in your thoughts. I...

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Use Excel for marketing and more?

Posted on Jan 15, 2015

When was the last time you broke down and brought up an Excel spreadsheet? Why? Once the Swiss Army knife of small business, many of the traditional uses are now accomplished with online bookkeeping systems or expense trackers or a software solution’s dashboard. What is the relevance of Excel for today’s entrepreneur? Is understanding the power of a spreadsheet a disappearing skill, like longhand script for modern grade school students? Are we, without awareness, outsourcing our need to make meaning of our business data? My use of Excel is on the rise again. For instance, I...

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