HOPE TO SEE YOU!!!
February 5 - "Joe w/Jo" @ Powers Market - 8:30-9:30 am, 9 Main St., North Bennington
Want to meet and share ideas with other entrepreneurs, small business owners, and professionals? Join us (coffee or your favorite hot beverage on us!) as The Lighting Jar brings its "Joe w/Jo" series around Bennington County to not only meet local business owners but to also discuss topics of interest and support each other with best practices, advice and tips!
Come learn more about The Lightning Jar's mission to make your business dreams come true and Powers Market, who uses quality coffee from Tunnel City in Williamstown, MA. THANK YOU Powers Market for sponsoring this event!!!!
According to Powers' webpage, it was built in 1840 and is the oldest Vermont country store. While serving as a hub in the village, Powers Market has evolved over the years and continues to take pride in serving the local community and travelers alike.
February 12 - "Podcast & Pizza - When Work Takes Over Your Life" @The Lightning Jar - 12-1 pm
Are you feeling STRESSED out?! Do you have work/life BALANCE? The Lightning Jar is teaming up with United Counseling Service of Bennington County who will facilitate a round table discussion around Adam Grant's podcast, "When Work Takes Over Your Life".
Listen first to the podcast, which provides helpful strategies from various leaders in setting boundaries, saying "no" and managing "odd-hour" emails. Then come to this interactive event where Dan Merges, from UCS, will lead everyone in sharing their own stories of work/life stresses and how to manage them. Learn more here about Dan.
Listen to PODCAST here:
Things to reflect on prior to event:
-What do you want to learn or take away from this discussion?
-How is your work-personal life balance?
-Do you tend to integrate or separate you work and personal life?
-How would you rate your ability to set limits in your work life?
-Do you have strategies for managing stress in your life?
-Do you have self-care practices?
February 20 - HUBZONE Certification Program Workshop @ The Lightning Jar - 1-3 pm
Are you Eligible to get special advantages when selling to the government? The Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC) is offering a FREE workshop to help you learn more about the HUBZone Program and how to get certified! A guest speaker from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) will be on-site to answer your questions. Vermont has several HUBZone areas, including Bennington which was recently added!! Find out benefits and eligibility and if it makes sense for your business to become qualified and get a competitive edge when bidding on federal contracts as the program's set-aside contracts limit competition to the only HUBZone certified businesses. Register for free at https://vtptac.ecenterdirect.com/events or 802-828-5237.
January 8 - "Joe w/Jo" @ The Roasted Bean - 8:30-9:30 am, 336 North St.
Want to meet other entrepreneurs, small business owners, and professionals in Bennington? Are you working from home and miss face-to-face connections and sharing ideas? Join us (coffee or your favorite hot beverage on us!) as The Lighting Jar brings its "Joe w/Jo" series around Bennington to not only meet local business owners, but to also discuss topics of interest and support each other with best practices, advice and tips! Come meet Angelica, who has owned The Roasted Bean for 3.5 years, and makes an INSANE cup of coffee. Did we mention she only uses socially responsible coffee sourced from Mexico, South America and Africa?!
January 14 - Buzzword Bingo @ The Lightning Jar - 5:30-7 pm
Who doesn't love bingo!! Anyone who has ever watched enough TED Talks or Shark Tank knows that after awhile you start to here the same buzz words over and over again: I'm out! Break-even. Margin. Overhead. Here's where the fun starts: get a random board with such buzz words, play against others and watch how no one nods off but hangs on every word just to shout "BINGO!" or "Funded!" Enjoy food, drink, prizes, and most of all - TONS of fun!
ROTARY CLUB MEMBER?
I am honored and thrilled to be the guest speaker at the Bennington Rotary Club's first meeting of the year and decade on January 17, 2020! I'll be presenting my vision for The Lightning Jar and what's in store for 2020. Can't wait to meet all the members and learn more about this wonderful organization - and of course, I get to share an exquisite lunch with them at Mount Anthony Country Club from 12-1:30 pm. See you then!
LIGHTNING LEARNING SERIES
January 27 - Financial Planning Basics @ The Lightning Jar 12-1pm
Want to learn about financial planning but don't know where to start? Look no further as our own Wally Lother presents the basics in a fun and interactive atmosphere at The Lightning Jar. Wally is the Financial Advisor for VSECU. He is a born and raised Bennington resident that got his bachelors in Business at North Western University Johnson (formally Johnson State College) in 2007.
With a passion for helping investors reach their financial goals he approaches a smart money philosophy. Individuals, businesses and organizations all have multiple financial objectives that they desire to accomplish and, in many cases, attempt to accomplish at the same time. Wally helps by working alongside individuals in helping asses where their money should be allocated to turn it into smart money working for them.
RSVP here for this FREE event!
Come Join Me! - StartUp 802: An Entrepreneurial Mindset
Jan. 22- Feb. 26, 2020 @ Community College of Vermont; Wednesdays - 6-8:30 pm
Six Weeks of fun and learning! Understand and develop entrepreneurial attitudes, behaviors and skills | Identify social and situational factors that encourage or inhibit entrepreneurial behavior | Identify the required steps to launch a new business | Evaluate potential business ventures in the current economic climate. Find out more at http://www.lightningjarvt.com/start-up-802.html
Lightning Library - New Books to Borrow
5 New books are available to borrow for up to 14 days.
1) Lean Startup - Eric Ries;
2) The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - Patrick Lenciori;
3) Start With Why - Simon Sinek
4) The Local Economy Solution - Michael Shuman
5) Scrum, the Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time - Jeff Sutherland;
Start With Why, Simon Sinkek. An oldie but a goodie. By now you've either heard about or watched Sinek's viral Ted Talk video - How Great Leaders Inspire (over 47 million views), but reading the book is a game changer. It was for me (check out December Blog post), but don't take my word for it, check out what Good Reads says about the book and let me know if it made an impact. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7108725-start-with-why
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