From Blah To Boom! Create Stunning Branded Content Using Your Smartphone
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

From Blah To Boom! Create Stunning Branded Content Using Your Smartphone

You're an entrepreneur and great at what you do. But, you may be noticing the images you use in your content, brand and social media don't tell the same story or don't have the impact you are looking for.

Posting regularly has become arduous, and when you do post, you know the content is not up to your high standards. You might also feel drained from searching high and low to find different ways to convey your brand's purpose and vision in your day to day social media outputs.

You think, "If I just had an awesome content creator on my team, my problems would be solved."

The bigger question is, "How can I be confident about my visual content strategy so that I either do it myself or I get to give a clear direction to the person I would eventually hire?"

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DIY PR: Proven Strategies to be Recognized as an Expert in Your Industry
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

DIY PR: Proven Strategies to be Recognized as an Expert in Your Industry

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Have you been waiting to “feel ready” for publicity, but you aren’t even sure what that means?

Are you waiting for someone from the media to notice you and reach out, wondering why others in your industry seem to get all of the attention?

The most important thing to you is making sure you serve your clients, but you’ve reached a point where you are ready to expand your reach to a larger audience.

You are a little overwhelmed by all of the “noise” telling you that you need a better website, you should rebrand, you need a clearer message, you need more experience, or that your story is not special enough. You wonder if you’ll ever feel ready and you know you don’t have time to do all the things.

It’s time to stop waiting to feel ready.

 

Who is this for?

This is for small business owners & entrepreneurs who are interested in learning more about getting publicity for their businesses and aren’t sure where to start. It is also for anyone who has gotten some publicity for his or her business but isn’t really sure what the ROI was or how to get PR on purpose.

 

You will walk away with:

  1. Learn how to tell if you’re ready for publicity.

  2. Gain valuable strategies to help you build relationships with influencers (even if you feel intimidated).

  3. Understand how to leverage your publicity to help your business.

  4. Discover whether or not all publicity really is good publicity.

 

Schedule:

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Check-in
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Masterclass
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM Q&A
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM Network with attendees

 

Instructor:

Tara Rae Bradford

Tara Rae Bradford is the Founder of The Potentialista®, a PR firm that works with small business owners, authors, and thought leaders to help them gain publicity by creating powerful connections with media influencers.

She is also a Crisis Communications & Reputation Risk Advisor for high profile executives. Tara amplifies her clients' communication strategy by incorporating cognitive neuroscience and psychology principles so her client’s message starts with how he or she wants the audience to feel. She sits on the Executive Board of a division of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and has been featured in Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, and Glamour Magazine.

Find out more: http://thepotentialista.com/

 

Interviewer:
 

Maiko Sakai

Maiko Sakai, the founder of Airtight Concepts, is a business growth strategy consultant a.k.a. secret weapon, confidant, advisor & silent partner to her 7-figure clients who are creative entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs.

She also organizes a Meetup group, Growth-Driven Entrepreneurs Worldwide

As a self-proclaimed “Queen of Counterintuitive Strategies,” she provides effective but not-so-conventional strategies to boost sustainable profitability for her clients’ businesses by utilizing both quantitative & qualitative assessments.

Originally from Yokohama, Japan, Maiko considers herself a New Yorker, loves ethnic foods of all kinds, and is a sucker for ultra-contemporary design & exotic houseplants. She earned her MBA from Johnson School of Management, Cornell University.

Find out more: www.maikosakai.com

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Spring Clean Your Business: Declutter, Streamline & Protect Your Business Like a PRO.
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Spring Clean Your Business: Declutter, Streamline & Protect Your Business Like a PRO.

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“There are few rites of Spring more satisfying than the annual clean.” - Martha Stewart

Now that Spring has officially sprung (and Q1 has just ended), take a look at your business. Does it need a good “shaking out?”

Are things running as smoothly as they could? Are there some aspects of your business that have been overlooked or neglected during the cold winter months?

Growth-Driven Entrepreneurs Worldwide has got the solution for you! We are back at eBay Headquarters to bring you an exciting Panel Discussion with experts in the areas where you can massively declutter, streamline, and protect to free up your time so that you can focus on the growth of your business.

This is not a typical panel discussion where you sit through the bulk of the time listening while a panel talks; it is going to be an interactive experience where we set aside a large chunk of time for Q&A.

So, Come ready with your questions for our panel!

It’s time to knock off the dust and get your business ready for Spring success that will carry you throughout the rest of the year!

“It’s a good thing.” - Martha Stewart

 

You will walk away with:

1. Your questions bring answered by a panel of small business experts.

2. Tips to help your business perform efficiently to free up your time.

3. Ways to identify which areas of your business you work on to future-proof your business.

4. Meaningful new connections to collaborate with.

5. New tools and tactics which to incorporate into your system and processes.

 

Meet our panel of experts!
 

 

 

Liz Lajoie

Liz Lajoie, helps creative entrepreneurs get their finances in order and mentally prepared for growth, so they can achieve their biggest dreams and create massive change in the world. She guides new and not-so-new entrepreneurs to step fully into the role of CEO and get the most out of their business. She specializes in financial management and strategic decision-making, helping her clients leverage their business success, translate it to personal financial fulfillment, and build a financial strategy for all areas of their lives. She understands how hard it can be to juggle the demands of entrepreneurship and knows having a financial guide on your side can make all the difference.

Liz has spent over 15 years working with small business owners, honing her skills in financial management for entrepreneurs who “sell their brain” for a living. Along the way, she earned an MBA, learned exactly what it takes to be successful as an entrepreneur, and how to help people find their particular version of money Zen. Liz’s passion is helping creative entrepreneurs fully enjoy the process of business building based on a strong financial foundation, one that supports their personal lives and their desire to give back.

www.staterabusiness.com
www.linkedin/in/lizlajoie

 

 

 

David Bensinger, PhD

Owner, Bensinger Technology

David Bensinger started Bensinger Technology in 2009 with the goal of setting a new standard of service for IT support for small and medium sized businesses. Prior to founding Bensinger Technology, David worked at Deloitte Consulting where he consulted to some of the the largest corporations in the world. David earned a PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester's Center for Visual Science, specializing in how people process information. He applies that study to the field of IT, helping people and businesses interact with technology.

www.bensingertech.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-bensinger-92b635/

 

 

 

Ben Chiriboga, Esq.

Ben Chiriboga is a business lawyer who helps agencies and consultancies serve with their clients and protect their businesses as outside general counsel combining tech, process and people for 21st century legal advice. When Ben isn't lawyering, you can find him advising today's most cutting-edge legal technology companies on grow, marketing and sales.

www.benchiriboga.com
www.legalclientfunnels.com 
www.linkedin.com/in/benchiriboga

 

 

Moderator:

 

Maiko Sakai

Maiko Sakai, the founder of Airtight Concepts, is a business growth strategy consultant a.k.a. secret weapon, confidant, advisor & silent partner to her 7-figure clients who are creative entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs.

She also organizes a Meetup group, Growth-Driven Entrepreneurs Worldwide

As a self-proclaimed “Queen of Counterintuitive Strategies,” she provides effective but not-so-conventional strategies to boost sustainable profitability for her clients’ businesses by utilizing both quantitative & qualitative assessments.

Originally from Yokohama, Japan, Maiko considers herself a New Yorker, loves ethnic foods of all kinds, and is a sucker for ultra-contemporary design & exotic houseplants. She earned her MBA from Johnson School of Management, Cornell University.

Find out more: www.maikosakai.com

 

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The Secrets to Building a Million-Dollar One-Person Business: Revealed!
Feb
13
6:00 PM18:00

The Secrets to Building a Million-Dollar One-Person Business: Revealed!

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Free RSVP ends on Feb 10th at midnight / $15 per ticket after.

'If I had a million dollars, if I had a million dollars!'

Remember that catchy little tune by the Barenaked Ladies? You'd find yourself in the car, walking down the street, cooking dinner, just humming along to that inescapable tune. Then you'd think to yourself. 'What if I DID have a million dollars?' Then laugh it off as something completely unattainable.

On a serious note, there is a new breed of entrepreneurs who consistently generate a million dollars or more in gross revenue without having full-time staff on payroll.

If you are an entrepreneur you may be thinking to yourself, ‘How do they break the barrier scale without having full-time staff?’ This is no easy feat.

That’s why Growth-Driven Entrepreneurs Worldwide kicks off 2018 with another Fireside Chat @WeWork by inviting Elaine Pofeldt, author of the new book The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business. She is here to share her experience speaking to many who have chosen this path.

The rise of one-million-dollar, one-person businesses is the biggest trend in employment today, offering the widest range of people the most ways to earn a living while having the lifestyles they want.

An author and veteran small-business journalist, Elaine will outline the pathways to joining this entrepreneurial movement, combining advice from hundreds of business owners who've done it. By drawing on stories and strategies from real entrepreneurs she has created an instructive roadmap for achieving your goals.

RSVP now to get inspired by the real stories, implementable tips, and insights that will be sure to get you ahead of the game.

Bet that song is back in your head now. There’s no going back.
 

Who is this for?

This event is for anyone who is currently owning and running a business or those who are in the process of starting one.

You will walk away with:

1. An understanding of what makes million-dollar, one-person businesses work the pros and cons,
2. Knowledge of how to choose a business model suitable for this path,
3. The tools and resources that help your business to scale,
4. An opportunity to get behind-the-scenes stories from Elaine herself,
5. A masterminding-like collaborative learning experience.

 

Schedule:

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Check-in
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Fireside Chat
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM Q&A
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM Network with attendees

 

Guest:

Elaine Pofeldt is an independent journalist who specializes in small business, entrepreneurship and careers. She is the author of The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business, a look at how entrepreneurs are hitting seven-figure revenue in businesses where they are the only employees, tapping automation and other technology to scale their efforts (Random House, Jan. 2, 2018). Her work has appeared in FORTUNEMoneyCNBCInc., Forbes, Crain’s New York Business and many other business publications and she is a contributor to the Economist Intelligence Unit.

As a senior editor at FORTUNE Small Business, where she worked for eight years, Elaine was twice nominated for the National Magazine Award for her features and ran the magazine’s annual business plan completion. During her time at FSB, she ran the magazine’s website, fsb.com, for four years, building its traffic to two to five million page views a month.

Elaine graduated from Yale University with a BA in English. She lives in in New Jersey with her husband and their four children and in her free time enjoys taekwondo, yoga and running.
 

Interviewer:

Maiko Sakai, the founder of Airtight Concepts, is a business strategy consultant a.k.a. secret weapon, confidant, advisor & silent partner to her 7-figure clients who are creative entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs.

She also organizes a Meetup group, Growth-Driven Entrepreneurs Worldwide. 

As a self-proclaimed “Queen of Counterintuitive Strategies,” she provides effective but not-so-conventional strategies to boost sustainable profitability for her clients’ businesses by utilizing both quantitative & qualitative assessments.

Originally from Yokohama, Japan, Maiko considers herself a New Yorker, loves ethnic foods of all kinds, and is a sucker for ultra-contemporary design & exotic houseplants. She earned her MBA from Johnson School of Management, Cornell University.

Find out more: www.maikosakai.com

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From Transactional to Transformational: 5-Step Formula for Up-Leveling Your Business in 2018
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

From Transactional to Transformational: 5-Step Formula for Up-Leveling Your Business in 2018

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How will you grade the performance of your business in 2017? 

B+? A? C-?

Even if you give your business an A+, you are probably thinking about ways to grow your business exponentially in 2018.

Let me guess - You are planning out the next year by listing various business activities such as launching a new product, reaching a specific revenue goal, running campaigns, expanding to another location, creating a content calendar, etc. This is the commonly used “goal-based” planning.

This is perfectly fine if you plan to go about your business as “business as usual” or “more of the same.”

But, if you are looking to take your business to a whole new level, what got you here will not get you where you want to go. If you are using the same planning method year after year, then you know it is time to up your game.

What if there is another way to create a killer game plan to beat the stagnation and to up-level your business?

During this Masterclass, you will learn the 5-Step formula,designed to drastically shift your entire business. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn a whole new approach that will help you create a clear roadmap for 2018 so that you can relax & truly enjoy the rest of December.

Who is this for?

Entrepreneurs like you who are looking for an effective system to leverage and grow your business without making unnecessary mistakes.

You will walk away with:

1. Understanding the process of shifting your business from a “transactional business” to a “transformational” business,
2. Learning the “IT” principle to set yourself up for success,
3. A playbook that will guide you through the acceleration planning,
4. A masterminding-like collaborative learning experience.
5. Knowing you have a clear game plan.

Schedule:

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Check-in
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Masterclass
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM Q&A
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM Network with attendees

Instructor:

Maiko Sakai, founder of Airtight Concepts, is a business strategy consultant a.k.a. secret weapon, confidant, advisor & silent partner to her 7-figure clients who are creative entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs.

She also organizes a Meetup group, Growth-Driven Entrepreneurs Worldwide. 

As a self-proclaimed “Queen of Counterintuitive Strategies,” she provides effective but not-so-conventional strategies to boost sustainable profitability for her clients’ businesses by utilizing both quantitative & qualitative assessments.

Originally from Yokohama, Japan, Maiko considers herself a New Yorker, loves ethnic foods of all kinds, and is a sucker for ultra-contemporary design & exotic houseplants. She earned her MBA from Johnson School of Management, Cornell University.


 

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Make Your Mark: A Winning Visual Strategy that Translates Your Brand
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Make Your Mark: A Winning Visual Strategy that Translates Your Brand

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Are you confident in the way you are representing your brand visually?

Do you feel you are delivering impactful images to convey what your business stands for? 

Do you have a strong, consistent strategy in place to make your mark and let the world know what your brand is about?

The world of the Internet is filled with noise as you know. To stand out from the crowd, we must invest our time in formulating a strategy that will enable us to cut the noise. 

Overwhelmed? Don't worry. We are going to tackle this together!

At this event, John DeMato, who specializes in portraying thought leaders and beyond with his photography business, will share his insights, tips, and guidance for building a strong visual presence for your business from scratch.

***There will be a special gift by John, which will be revealed at the event.***


Who is this for?

This event is for anyone who is currently owning and running a business or those who are in the process of starting one. Running a business can be a lonely process. This is a place where we can all come together to exchange ideas and solutions by having candid conversations with other attendees. 

If you are looking for a meetup group that delivers values and learning experience, you are at the right place!

You will walk away with:

1. Clear understanding how a sound visual content strategy can benefit your business.
2. Knowing variety of ways to communicate through impactful images via different platforms,
3. Mastering the creative brainstorming process to build your authentic brand.

Schedule:

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Check-in
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Fireside Chat with John
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Brand strategy session by John
7:30 PM – 7:45 PM Q&A
7:45 PM – 8:30 PM Network with attendees


Guest Speaker:

John DeMato is a lifestyle portrait photographer and image content creator who works with thought leaders of various industries to produce magazine-quality, images that present informational, entertaining and inspiring aspects of their brand to their followers.

More than just a photographer, John sets his clients up for success beyond the portrait session by
coaching them on how to best leverage their image content for their websites, social channels, blogs, publications, advertisements and various other needs.

Find out more: www.johndemato.com

Interviewer/Moderator:

Maiko Sakai, founder of Airtight Concepts, is a business strategy consultant a.k.a. secret weapon, confidant, advisor & silent partner to her 7-figure clients who are creative entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs. She also organizes a Meetup group, Growth-Driven Entrepreneurs Worldwide. 
As a self-proclaimed “Queen of Counterintuitive Strategies,” she provides effective but not-so-conventional strategies to boost sustainable profitability for her clients’ businesses by utilizing both quantitative & qualitative assessments. Originally from Yokohama, Japan, Maiko considers herself a New Yorker, loves ethnic foods of all kinds, and is a sucker for ultra-contemporary design & exotic houseplants. She earned her MBA from Johnson School of Management, Cornell University.

Find out more: www.maikosakai.com

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From $40K in Debt to $500K a Year in 12 Months:  Meet the Badass, Pia Silva
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

From $40K in Debt to $500K a Year in 12 Months: Meet the Badass, Pia Silva

Event Type:  Fireside Chat
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Ticket Price: Free

Event Description:

Growth-Driven Entrepreneurs Worldwide welcomes the author of “Badass Your Brand,” Pia Silva, to discuss her entrepreneurial journey on extracting unique expertise and turning it into profit over a short period of time. 

This event will take a fireside chat interview format to learn:

·         When she found her “a-ha” moment with her creative business,

·         What was the actual turning point,

·         How she planned & tackled the turn-around process,

·         Any road blocks she experienced during the process and how she overcame them,

·         Her secrets and tips that all entrepreneurs can implement to grow their businesses.

 

Schedule:

6:00PM – 6:30PM       Check-in & Settling in with light bites & drinks

6:30PM – 7:20PM       Fireside chat with Pia Silva

7:20PM – 7:35PM       Q&A

7:35PM – 8:30PM       Book Signing & Mingle

Guest:

Pia Silva

Entrepreneur, speaker and writer Pia Silva is a partner and brand strategist at Worstofall Design where they build "Badass Brands without the BS" for 1-3 person service businesses in 1-3 day intensives.

She is a Forbes contributor and has spoken at a host of entrepreneurial organizations including Goldman Sach's 10,000 small businesses, The Chamber of Commerce, Squarespace, and We Work. Her company was named top "10 Design Firms Lead By Young People That Are Changing the Way We Look at the World" by Complex. Her upcoming book Badass Your Brand: Impatient Entrepreneur’s Guide to Turning Expertise into Profit is available on Amazon (http://bit.ly/2m2e3Fj-PiaSilva)

Interviewer:

Maiko Sakai

Maiko Sakai, founder of Airtight Concepts, is a business strategy consultant a.k.a. secret weapon, confidant, advisor & silent partner to her clients who are entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs.  She also organizes a Meetup group, Growth-Driven Entrepreneurs Worldwide.  As a self-proclaimed “Queen of Counterintuitive Strategies,” she provides effective but not-so-conventional strategies to boost sustainable profitability for her clients’ businesses utilizing both quantitative & qualitative assessments.  Originally from Yokohama, Japan, Maiko considers herself a New Yorker, loves ethnic foods of all kinds, and is a sucker for ultra-contemporary design & exotic houseplants.

 

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Jan
20
4:30 PM16:30

Periscope Session #3: "#1 Opportunity Killer: Making Premature Assumptions"

As entrepreneurs, we all know that we must leverage our network and generate new opportunities to help our businesses grow. In this session, I am going to share a story and why making premature assumptions is the #1 killer of all times and how to combat it. 

Tune in via Periscope at @MaikoSakaiBiz

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Jan
6
4:30 PM16:30

Periscope Session #1: "C.A.D." Every Entrepreneur Should Live By.

This is my first (official) session on Periscope which covers the key concept that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Tune in via Perisope @MaikoSakaiBiz

The purpose of my Periscope sessions is to create a virtual community full of growth-driven entrepreneurs to share tips and resources for crafting our skills to perform better each day.

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