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Counseling4Kids first annual Bowl4Kids at Palos Verdes Bowl

Monday evening, Counseling4Kids.org held their first annual bowl-a-thon at the Palos Verdes Bowl in Torrance, CA to help kick off National Foster Care Awareness Month. Bowl4Kids is a fundraiser that brought together local businesses and service organizations for a little friendly competition while helping Couseling4Kids to provide mental health services to children in Los Angeles County’s foster care system. The event was sponsored by Whole Foods Market in Torrance, California Credit Union and Kaiser Permanente and included trophies for Top Bowling Team and Top Bowler; as well as prizes for Top Fundraiser and Top Fundraising Group. Additional fund raising was done via a silent auction that included many nice donations, including tickets to an LA Galaxy home game, several gift baskets, lunch a Andre’s Restaurant, dinner at Tony Roma’s and Elephant Bar, a day at Total Woman Gym, theater tickets, a deluxe party at PV Bowl and much more; including a great big basket of cookies from Daddy’s Gourmet Cookies. To be honest, that is the one I wanted, but I was too busy taking photos to get my bid in on time.

I became aware of Conseling4Kids through our involvement with the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce. Since we started attending the TACC Networking at Noon events, we have started providing door prizes; including SEO reports and photo coverage of events. I was very happy when Counseling4Kids won the photo shoot as I have a special place in my heart for foster children and any organization that helps them. Continue reading

TACC May Networking at Noon at Aimee’s Bistro

Today, Tanya and I joined the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) at Aimee’s Bistro in Redondo Beach for the May meeting of their Networking at Noon. The TACC Networking at Noon is a monthly gathering of Chamber members; usually held at a local restaurant. So far we have been pretty lucky with the host restaurant, but today we really scored by having it at Aimee’s Bistro. The food was delicious. I see a return in my future; maybe do a review on it.

The networking event is one of the perks of being a member of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce. It gives you the opportunity to meet with other business owners, promote your business or the one you work for with 30 second introductions. They also have one member that gets the “spotlight” at each meeting, and they get 10 minutes to talk about what they offer. There are also door prizes and business card swaps. Speaking from personal experience, we have done business with a few companies we met and have generated some interest in our services. It is through our participation with the TACC that I picked up the Palos Verdes Street Fair opportunity, so I have become a huge fan. Continue reading

BNI Noon Networkers at South End Racquet Club

Last week at a Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce event, I was approached about coming to a meeting of the BNI Noon Networkers at the South End Racquet and Tennis Club, which was held today. BNI stands for Business Networking International, an global business networking organization that has been around for 25 years. The premise is that each chapter limits membership to one business per category. For example, at the networking event I attended today, there was a realtor, dentist, graphic artist, auto mechanics, computer repair person and several other occupations represented. I was invited since they wanted a photographer in their chapter.

It was my first meeting with the group, and they definitely exude enthusiasm. Whether it was the recital of the BNI Networking Code of Ethics, or the 30 second pitches members [and guests] made, there was lots of applause. We were encouraged to utilize BNI to improve our VCP, Visibility, Credibility and Profitability. While I was there I did pick up a couple business cards I am pretty sure will be used and I gave out a few. If you are a small business owner, you might want to see if BNI has a chapter local to you. Continue reading

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