Snow Day Special at Businessplayce

In case you haven’t been watching the news this weekend, there is a Snowstorm coming tonite and into Monday. Forecasters are calling for 6+ inches of the white stuff.

If you are one of the lucky locals who have to travel up the road for your job, you face a daunting task come Monday morning. So here’s an alternative. Come to Businessplayce tomorrow and spend the day with us. We’ll cut the rate to $10.00 and call it a snowday special. Heck, we’ll even order pizza for lunch.

So what do you do to take advantage of this deal? First email us pauld@arbotek.com or send me a tweet @businessplayce. Call or email your boss and let them know that in the interest of safety and because you still are so dedicated to your job that you’ll be coworking on Monday. Bring your laptop, bring a sense of adventure, bring a project that you’re stuck on and ask for some advice. Be nice, open and ready for a new way to work.

Remember coworking works, because working alone sucks! However, working at home when you’re kids are off school sucks even more!

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Who needs business cards when you can have DubMeNow?

If your desk looks anything like mine you’ve got perhaps 1, 2, 3 stacks of business cards sitting somewhere on your desk. You have the best intentions of loading them into Outlook, but something else always comes up. Well fret no more over the menial task of keeping up on your contacts with DubMeNow. http://www.dubmenow.com/

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Comment on Public Perception

Disclaimer: This was sent to me by a very devout co-worker whom I admire and respect.

The Pastor’s Ass
The pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won. The pastor was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the race again, and it won again. The local paper read: PASTOR’S ASS OUT FRONT.

The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the pastor not to enter the donkey in another race. The next day, the local paper headline read: BISHOP SCRATCHES PASTOR’S ASS.

This was too much for the bishop, so he ordered the pastor to get rid of the donkey. The pastor decided to give it to a nun in a near by convent. The local paper, hearing of the news, posted the following headline the next day: NUN HAS BEST ASS IN TOWN.

The bishop fainted. He informed the nun that she would have to get rid of the donkey, so she sold it to a farmer for $10. The next day the paper read: NUN SELLS ASS FOR $10.

This was too much for the bishop, so he ordered the nun to buy back the donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run wild. The next day the headlines read: NUN ANNOUNCES HER ASS IS WILD AND FREE.

The bishop was buried the next day.

The moral of the story is . . . being concerned about public opinion can bring you much grief and misery . . even shorten your life. So be yourself and enjoy life. Stop worrying about everyone else’s ass and you’ll be a lot happier and live longer!

Have
a nice day!

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Startups wanted

Are you or people you know involved in a startup? Are you working/collaborating with others from your home office? Come try out businessplayce.

We are trying to build a community of technology folks in Frediercksburg. We want developers, programmers, innovators.

We offer a professional but creative friendly environment that seeks to foster community among other startups.

Nobody is too big or too small for us…..

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Pink Slip Special …. Calling all Entrepreneurs

Are you one of the chosen few who has gotten a pink slip in the last month or so? The way I see things there are 3 roads that someone who is laid off can follow.

  1. Look for another job.
  2. Look for another job, get frustrated and quit looking. Quit getting up in the morning, start to drink heavily and to excess, bemoan corporate greed, and let your life completely unravel.
  3. Become an Entrepreneur. (I like this idea the best, or maybe number 1)
  • Pursue that idea that you’ve had for years but never had the real opportunity to do anything about. I mean seriously some crazy things have made people a lot of money. Some friends just told me the other day about a guy who’s made $10s of thousands of dollars by developing a “Flatuence App” for the iPHONE. (if you don’t know what flatuence are then… ummm just stop reading)
  • Wasn’t there something at your last job that could have been better? Something the company wasn’t doing that you know customers would want? Maybe there’s a career in putting that on paper and selling it to your former employer or the competition. Maybe you have the clients and contacts and can start your own deal and do it better.
  • Is there something that you have always wanted to buy, do, eat, drink, etc… but it’s not available in the area? That may be the next big thing and it’s waiting on you!

I know you’re saying by now “Enough already, what is the Pink Slip Special?”

In the interest of stimulating the economy, building buzz, giving back, making something happen, Businessplayce is offering a Pink Slip Special to local folks who have been laid off in the last few months.

For a limited time, first time visitors to Businessplayce who can show proof (or otherwise convince me) that they were laid off can get a free one month daily drop in membership at Businessplayce. (Don’t laugh it’s at least $175.00 value)

What do you get from Businessplayce? You get a shared desk (First come first served). You get free wi-fi, free wireless printing (Please don’t print your thesis) You get a professional environment to launch your next big thing. You get the chance to network and interact with others; you get the chance to be part of a strong and fun community.

So what do you do to participate? Check us out on the web http://www.businessplayce.com/ Next put on your best pair of jeans, have a great attitude, grab your laptop come in and make it happen!

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The week ahead

Okay to start the week off, I’m looking backwards….

Last week we had a few new users come by. Hopefully we’ll turn them into paying customers.

I got my first direct email from someone else starting a coworking place in TN. I wonder if they somehow know that I was raised in TN….. They were asking for advice on site selection, mix of full timers to part timers, etc…. I gave them all the info I had and wished them luck.

We are always finely tuning the model and have made another change….. we are going to open the space up for drop ins to come use the space for free. Hoping that they will want to convert to a paying member. I’m not sure how my full time partners will feel about this. I feel like we need to drive traffic get people here to build the community up.

One of our Part Timers suggested we host a Thursday Night Happy Hour…I’m thinking of doing it, but need to build the buzz.

Had a meeting last week with some artists who are going to display their coop’s art here. www.brushstrokesfredericksburg.com I’m excited to get their art on the wall!

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I joined the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce

So I suppose this makes me a grownup! Having been co-owner of Arbotek www.arbotek.com forever, there was never a compelling need to be a member of the chamber. My business was spread all over the state and it just wasn’t a needed thing.

Businessplayce.com on the other hand is a business that requires people to know about us, find out who we are and what we have to offer. I think we probably have to “touch” 100 people to find someone that needs our service.

The feedback from people today was amazing! A personal coach was interested in having some seminar’s here, a stock broker was interested in having seminar’s here. A couple of web guys thought it was a cool idea. I also got some good feedback from people about how to get more feet through the door. This idea when it’s presented in the right light makes people say “Oh….. I get it, that’s a cool idea”. People want to help you succeed. When they hear about the community portion of it they just want to help you out. We want to provide a place for people who work in the community to get together, we want to provide a place for a new non-profit start up to have a place to have a meeting. We want to build a sense of community in the midst of suburbia….

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freeni.com

Okay so today i went to a social networking group that is similar to BNI. But it’s free. hence the Free NI name. Free Networking Invitational. Lunch is $13 including tip and drink. About 20 people were there. My first opinion was ummm maybe 5 people that might actually check us out. November is free first timers month.

On a sales Arbotek note…… made a couple of great sales calls today. I love the calls where you are early in the prodcut definition phase and can have a definate impact. Great sales calls!

Check out www.freeni.com

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Veterans Day

Today I took my mother up to Quantico Veterans Cemetery for the annual Veterans Day Cemetery. My dad died 3 years agon on Veterans day. This has become a thing that she and I do together and I enjoy it.

We visited my dad’s grave and then headed over to the ceremony. It was a crisp day and it’s always moving to me to see row after row of head stones of people who have as “Billy Ray Cyrus” said in a song years ago…. “All gave some, and some gave all”

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Expansion of coworking in Fredericksburg

Expansion already?

So when we took the space and decided to make a go of it, we weren’t sure how it would be received especially since we’re a bedroom community of DC/Richmond. Well needless to say the response has been pretty overwhelming. Not that we’re filled up to capacity, but the interest and the ability to fill the space has been confirmed. Rumor has it that we’re going to get some local press here in the next week or so.

So this morning as luck would have it the folks who have the master lease on the remainder of the building were here walking around. They have an exact copy of my space behind my space that they don’t want. I showed them my space and they showed me their space…and we might be able to work out a deal where we can put a new door in and take down that space as well! Its truly great news for us!

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