Friends,

Join us Thursday for casual networking, seven office hours with adept advisors, and two back-to-back feature events.

First, Mintz Levin presents a discussion on the Massachusetts election results with former Senator William “Mo” Cowan and former Governor of Massachusetts William Weld.  Then, explore ways to support food entrepreneurs during Food Sol’s Community Table.

Hope to see you Thursday,

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Café In Session

Feature Events

4:30 – 6:00 P.M. | A Discussion on the Massachusetts Election Results: So Where Do We Go From Here?

Join a discussion on the Massachusetts statewide election results, with perspectives from former Massachusetts Senator William “Mo” Cowan, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ML Strategies and Of Counsel to Mintz Levin, and former Governor of Massachusetts William Weld, Principal at ML Strategies and a Member at Mintz Levin.  Panelists will discuss what the statewide electoral results will mean for policy and politics in a post-Patrick era.

6:00 – 7:30 P.M. | Food Sol’s Community Table

Community Table is a two-year-old social innovation developed by Food Sol at Babson College for accelerating relevant and actionable exchanges among food and beverage entrepreneurs.  The Table operates on the fundamental belief that all eaters have agency in the food system, and therefore the potential to support food entrepreneurs.  So if you eat food, you are welcome at this Table.

Office Hours

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Mark Allio – Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

Mark Allio is Regional Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center’s (MSBDC) Boston office and its Minority Business Center.  MSBDC is part of a national public business assistance program representing a three-way partnership between the Small Business Administration, Massachusetts Office of Business and Technology, and UMass Boston.  The Center provides free one-on-one business advisory services to entrepreneurs and business owners, entrepreneurial training workshops, and special assistance in gaining access to capital.  Learn more here.

A former two-time entrepreneur, non-profit administrator, and strategy consultant, Mark regularly meets entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds, providing them with ongoing practical perspective to help them realize the American Dream.  More than 2,500 entrepreneurs have attended his workshops on a variety of topics of entrepreneurial interest.

Reserve 15 minutes then complete a Request for Counseling form to maximize your time with Mark.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Steve Davis – CXO Advisory Group

Chat with Steve Davis, a business growth strategist who has been a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs for over 20 years.  He’s Founder of CXO Advisory Group, a company that works with businesses, entrepreneurs and service providers to accelerate revenue growth. Steve helps you strategize to build a profitable, efficient business capable of growing to scale.

Reserve 30 minutes with Steve here.

3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Investors Collaborative

Investors Collaborative (iC) provides venture capital to select early stage companies in a wide range of industry sectors including software, IT, biotechnology, clean technology, healthcare, energy, communications, hardware, and professional services. They seek to help individuals developing innovative technologies build world-class companies.

Investors Collaborative’s office hours on Thursday are full.  Next available appointments are Thursday, December 11, reserve 15 minutes here.

3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Joe Caruso – Bantam Group

For the last 20 years Joe Caruso has been an “Advocate for entrepreneurs” as a mentor, coach, and personal advisor to CEO’s and entrepreneurs. In recent years, he has served as investor, advisor and active director with dozens of companies, public and private. He also maintains an active consulting practice dealing with structuring and negotiation of acquisitions, strategic partnerships and financings, and issues related to dispute resolution.

Joe’s office hours on Thursday are full.  Reserve time next Tuesday with Joe here. (Please note Venture Café is not in session on Tuesdays).

3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Sissi Liu
  • Do you have the next big idea but aren’t sure how to go about launching your business or putting together a business plan?
  • Do you have a great business plan but don’t know why you aren’t able to attract investment?
  • Do you have a product but can’t seem to get traction with customers?

Meet Sissi Liu, a cleantech startup mentor with experience in venture investing and entrepreneurship.  She’s invested in and served on boards of cleantech companies as well as mentored budding entrepreneurs.  Currently, Sissi heads up business development for the North American region at Joule, which is focused on solving the energy crisis by converting waste CO2 into valuable fuels and chemicals.  Join her to chat about your business challenges and generate ideas for solutions to overcome them.

When you sign up for office hours with Sissi, please submit a one-page summary of your business, technology, market, and go-to-market strategy.  Please also include bios of the leadership team.

Reserve 30 minutes with Sissi here.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack

Marty Sack has mentored more than 200 start-ups over the last two years as a volunteer for SCORE.  He brings with him the mentoring resources of more than forty additional successful executives, CPAs, small business owners, and other experts in diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free mentoring services.

Marty is the now retired co-founder of LunchDates Dating Service. He also founded and led a national job publication for 26 years, and he was the executive director of a Cambridge based non-profit for 18 years.

Reserve 30 minutes with Marty here.

3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Anita Harris – Harris Communication Group

Do you need advice on enhancing your company’s visibility?  Harris Communications Group’s Anita Harris and colleagues would be happy to help you assess possible approaches, your website, or a press release you’ve written.

The Harris Communications Group is a PR and marketing firm specializing in outreach for companies and organizations in health, science, technology, education and energy.