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Networking at Noon at Ortega 120

Today we went to Ortega 120 in Redondo Beach for another Networking at Noon. I am sure it was pure coincidence that the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) scheduled two Networking at Noon events this month with the second one falling on National Tequila Day, and Ortega 120 boasting over 120 different kinds of tequila. I know I was not complaining. I have been to Ortega 120 a couple times, both being on Cinco de Mayo, so it was always really crowded. Going there for lunch gave me the opportunity to look around and check out the decor; it is pretty cool. The food is good too. Naturally, if you enjoy tequila, you have to go there at least once. Come for the tequila, stay for the food. They make tortillas right there on site. They are so good.

One of the owners, Demi Stevens, gave us a little history of Ortega 120 and after hearing it, you have to admire her business savvy. As usual, everyone got an opportunity to give their 30 second sales pitch, which I again devoted to BUSINSSnBEER. We also gave away two certificates for a free beer at one of the upcoming events. I was happy to see the interest BUSINSSnBEER seems to be getting. Will see how many show up Thursday at Monkish Brewing. Continue reading

Business N Beer at Select Beer Store

The Business N Beer networking group had our first get-together last night at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach, and I have to say, I was very happy with the turnout. Even though there were last minute cancellations by some, we still had 10 people show up. Even though I was the only one that knew everyone, the people that did show up immediately began introducing themselves and it looked like a group of old friends talking over a nice beer.

We had a real estate agent, insurance agent, merchant processing, telecommunications and the IT sector represented and I heard several conversations with almost everyone seeming to have made at least one new business lead. It proved that the concept of doing business over a beer was a pretty good idea. I even had one gentleman come over and ask what Business N Beer was; hopefully he will show up at a future gathering.

Business N Beer is a networking group that meets every Thursday evening at 6 PM at a different location in the South Bay. The goal is to network with other business owners in an informal setting while supporting local business, local brewers and American craft beer. Next week we will meet at The Brewery at Abigaile in Hermosa Beach. I have been told by the owner of The Brewery that there will be something special for our group, so this is one you do not want to miss. You can get full details for that event as well as the others that are currently scheduled at BusinessNBeer.com. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading

Business N Beer, a new kind of networking group

Since we joined the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce late last year, we have had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with many small business owners in the South Bay area. Through these interactions I have been invited to join several service clubs and business networking groups. While I wish I had the time and money to join every service club the fact is I do not, so I volunteer my services to help publicize their fundraisers. As far as networking groups are concerned, I can definitely see the value in them but they all seem to come with obligations I can not meet. This would include mandatory weekly meetings that might meet at 7:00 AM for breakfast or lunch at a Sizzler or something along those lines. My schedule just does not allow for that kind of commitment.

As you [may] know, in May Tanya and I participated in American Craft Beer Week and in the process became aware of several microbreweries, brewpubs and gastropubs in the South Bay area. I got the opportunity to meet many of the owners and well as several brewmasters as well. I could not help but notice that as Craft Beer Week progressed, we started seeing a lot of the same people at the various locations. In the subsequent weeks since then the number of people that we would meet steadily increased. That is when Tanya got a brilliant idea; we would start our own business networking group, but add a twist to it. We decided to name it Business N Beer. Continue reading

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